Stuffed Olives Tapas

Stuffed Green Queen Olives with Garlic Infused Olive Oil for #SundaySupper

When I found out this weeks’ #SundaySupper theme was tapas I was one of the first to sign up a recipe. I have always loved tapas, and after experiencing the real thing in Spain a few months ago, it’s safe to say I’ll forever love them! There are many nights when I put together a few small plates for a light meal. It’s simple and fun to make a meal out of a bunch of easy to make items. In Madrid the Mercado de San Miguel is an indoor covered market that serves all kinds of tapas and pinchos. Typically…

carte sejour

Applying for a Carte Sejour {Residency} in Morocco

Ah, the carte sejour. It conjurs up the horror of bureaucratic nightmares, long hours spent in lines, and filling out form after form of personal information. If you’re not familiar with this process let me explain. In Morocco, tourists who do not require an entry visa, are permitted to stay for up to 90 days. During this time you’re exactly that, a tourist. You can’t get a job, or do much else, so if you’re planning on calling Morocco home you have to apply for residency. This means obtaining a carte sejour (roughly translated the staying card). Every Moroccan carries…

95 Eggcellent Dishes

95 Egg-cellent Dishes!

My kids have grown a new love for eggs. This is great because here, we can buy fresh egg every day for pennies – literally. Last week my youngest decided he didn’t want what we were having for dinner, so off he went to the hanut, a very small “corner store” found everywhere here. He came back minutes later with 2 eggs and a small loaf of bread. For 2 dirham (about 20 cents). I quickly made them for him and he was content. I’ve appreciated eggs even more since moving to Morocco. They’re cheap and filling and can be prepared…

Gluten Free Caramel Cashew Brownies

Gluten Free Caramel Cashew Brownies

One of the steps we had to take to complete my registration for a national ID card was a trip to Rabat for a background check. The appointment itself was less than thrilling but we also were able to meet up with my friend Allison and her family.  Allison and I have known each other online for many years, when we were going through the immigration process of bringing our spouses to the US. Then within a few weeks of each other we announced our plans to relocate back to Morocco! She and I had never met in real life…

Driving in Morocco

Driving in Morocco and Being Illiterate

Fact: I can’t read Arabic. Next Question People Ask: Good question. The truth is I can’t read Arabic (unless you count my ability to read and find the words “Allah” and “Coca-Cola” two words that I see almost with the same regularity here). But Morocco, like Quebec and other bilingual locations has done an excellent job of making signs readable in Arabic and Roman letters. In some cases things are listed in 3, and sometimes 4 languages. All official buildings are now titled in Arabic, French, and Berber. But that still doesn’t really answer the driving question does it? Morocco,…

how moving to morocco is like a carnival fun house

How Moving to Morocco is Like a Carnival “Fun” House

I’ve been wanting to write this post before we even moved to Morocco and now, almost 5 months after we’ve moved, I think I can do the topic justice. How I first thought of this was when we were preparing our boxes to be shipped here. While this was going on we had some other legal paperwork that needed to be dealt with before the move, and then some other issues with getting everything ready in our apartment. It felt like every corner we turned there was another surprise. Fun houses really aren’t all that fun. Would it be a…

Jamaican Lamb Curry

Jamaican Lamb Curry and Roti

 The end of December is here and that means it’s time for my Around the World in 12 Dishes post. Every month, a group of bloggers (and anyone else who wants to participate!) make food from a specified country.  This month we’re visiting Jamaica! I’ve never been here, but it’s really high on our travel wish list. After taking a Caribbean cruise last year, we fell in love with this part of the world. The hardest part of participating in our monthly food travels is finding ingredients. Morocco has a lot of really great spices and produce but it’s hard…

Healthy Party Foods

64 Healthy Party Foods for New Year’s Eve and Game Day

Raise your hand if you promised you would lay off the buffet lines, dessert table, and everything else that’s “not good for you” once the holiday season was over. Now, raise your hand if you’ve already broken that promise! With New Year’s Eve only a few days away, bowl games, and the Superbowl yet to come the food somorgasbord isn’t over.  Instead of sticking to lettuce leafs and tasteless rice crackers at your upcoming parties, try your hand at some of these delicious recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. 7 Layer Greek Dip from The Kitchen is My…