How We Continue English Learning in a non-English Speaking Country

Many people have asked and worried about how our children’s English would be affecting moving to a country where English is not used. Before we left, I had a plan that would be similar to supplemental homeschooling.  We’d have a course outline and work on English work daily. In practice this didn’t work – at least not yet. My kids have just under an hour of English instruction at school, but it’s very basic and below their level. By the time they finish school and tutoring for the day they’re exhausted and I can see their brains have been stretched.…

Lamb Ragout

Lamb Ragout and Pasta for #SundaySupper

One of the things I have loved the most about moving to Morocco is that nearly 100% of what I cook and eat is local, fresh food. We tried very hard to eat this way in the US but as many people will say, cost really does add up.  Here fresh food is cheap – packaged food is expensive, basically the way it should be everywhere. When I can buy pounds and pounds of produce for only a few dollars, it makes experimenting even more fun. We’ve just finished celebrating Eid al Adha, commemorating the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice…

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Great African Tour: Zambia

As soon as I began to tell people we were moving to Morocco, a country in North Africa, I was almost immediately asked about various wildlife; lions, elephants, tigers etc. Most people were surprised to discover Morocco has none of these. This wasn’t “Africa” to them.  There is a very singular understanding in the US of what constitutes Africa, and that it somehow is a very large monolith.  This couldn’t be further from the truth. Did you know the area of the continental United States would fit 3 times into the continent of Africa? Just imagine how diverse the US…

Boy in Morocco

Lunch with Little Gamal

“Are you hungry?” Yes – I didn’t eat all day. “Sit down with us. What do you want to eat? Do you want a shwarma?” It was a hot afternoon and after running errands we stopped into a sandwich shop to get something for lunch. That’s when we met Gamal. He was 7. He took a taxi with his mom from Ourika to Marrakech, him to sell packets of tissues to anyone willing to spend 1 dH for something they probably didn’t need, and her to sell sweets. “Do you go to school?” Yes I go to school, I’m in 2nd…

Gnocchi and Marinara

Grandma’s Homemade Gnocchi and Easy Red Sauce

Leftover mashed potatoes have a special place in my kitchen. It began when I was a little girl and still today I always make more potatoes than I know we’ll eat. Because sometimes, the best things in life are better left for later. My grandma made a lot of homemade food and my sister and I were her helpers. Cookies, cakes, and pasta were the recipes of my childhood. But, our favorite thing to make and eat was gnocchi. The trick to making this is having mashed potatoes that are a day or two old. Sure, fresh mashed potatoes will…

Marrakech Kasbah Gates

This Week In Marrakech : What I’ve Been Doing

Maybe you noticed my posts were light this week.  It’s been all kinds of crazy. So crazy I haven’t taken a single picture with my camera – only Instagram! The week started with a trip to Casablanca to pick up our boxes from the US that had finally arrived – several weeks late.  (If you didn’t catch it, I shared a post with my 8 Tips for Making an Interntional Move with Kids on ChicagoNow a few weeks ago). We took the very early train from Marrakech to Casablanca at 4:30 am.  It should have arrived shortly after 8am, perfect…

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Tips For Planning an Eid al Adha Party

Eid is just around the corner! I am busy working on a guest post for My Halal Kitchen about what Eid preparations are like in Morocco.  The sheep have just started coming into the city and people are beginning to prepare. I’ve heard many butchers will close for the rest of the week and my kids have a holiday from school. Earlier this year, at the end of Ramadan my sister threw an Eid al Fitr party for us.  We were in the midst of packing and getting ready for our move and so between her and my mom they…

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One Pot Beef and Quince Tajine for #SundaySupper

I’ve been seeing a lot of fall pictures from my friends on Facebook. The changing leaves. Kids Halloween costumes. Pumpkin spice everything. I sniffle a little and feel a bit sad that I don’t think I’ll see much of fall this year. The olive trees don’t change colors, no trick or treating to prepare for, and pumpkin spice is only a memory.  When I talked to my mom yesterday I heard my niece say “grandma, I need my jacket.” Pfff jackets? My kids aren’t even in long sleeve t-shirts yet! I do keep reminding myself that when the snow starts…