Harissa Mayonnaise

Harissa Mayonnaise

I love scouring the condiment aisle at any market I find myself in. When traveling it’s one of the most interesting aisles to explore.  You can learn so much about people and their food culture.  I never knew mayonnaise was so easy to make! As part of my preparation to move to Morocco, I’ve been trying my hand at creating things I know may not be easy to find or won’t taste the way I expect. Mayonnaise is certainly found in Morocco but why buy it when it’s so easy and inexpensive to make? What I learned from this experience…

Moroccan Lamb and Eggplant Tajine

Braniya {Lamb and Eggplant Tajine} for #SundaySupper

The tajine is a Moroccan slow-cooker. It’s an ancient cooking pot originally used by the indigenous Berbers of North Africa. It is not only the word used to describe the cooking vessel but the meal contained inside. Braniya happens to be one of MarocBaba’s favorite meals, though it was only this year that he “remembered.” This week’s #SundaySupper theme is low and slow, and a tajine certainly fits the bill! Regional names for varieties of tajines are often unknown even to other Moroccans.  In Marrakech this dish is braniya, but when talking with some friends of ours who are from…

support system

I Love My….But Does He?

Last night I was busy, beginning to empty out my closet. At least twice a year, and sometimes there we have to shuffle our clothes. Heavy winter clothes get packed away, but not too far for a few weeks, in case there’s a cold snap. Spring clothes begin to fill the cabinets and make way for summer. How blessed we are to have clothes to pack away. As I went through my side I realized many of the clothes weren’t going to fit. Right now I’m sorting clothes in four ways: 1) Winter clothes, housewares, books, shoes that will be…

Port Douglas Australia

{Expat Guest Post} Alyson of World Travel Family

When we decided to become expats, I knew there were others like us out there – I just had to find them.  Once I started looking, I was amazed at just how many people have chosen an expatriate lifestyle. So many people tell me that they wish they could move to another country; I want to share the stories of those who have made the choice.  I hope that these stories might encourage others to take the plunge.  My first guest post is from Alyson, the author of World Travel Family.  We’ve both got two boys about the same age,…

Real Food on a Budget Leftovers

Real Food on a Budget: Repurpose Leftovers

There are two kinds of people in this world, those that won’t let a leftover go to waste, and those who won’t touch them with a 10 foot pole.  In this final week of my real food on a budget series I am going to share some ways to use up your leftovers and stretch your food budget. The number one complaint in the “I hate leftovers” camp is that they don’t want to eat the same thing again. While simply re-heating last night’s dinner for lunch today is a great way to use leftovers – it’s not the only…

Spring Vegetable Mac and Cheese

Spring Sports and Getting Dinner on the Table

Once the snow has melted, everyone is rushing to get outside. For us, this means soccer. Both M and K are playing this year, and between practice and games we’re out of the house most nights. I love my slow cooker and other quick meal solutions for these busy nights. But, lately I have been noticing MarocBaba and the boys are less than enthusiastic with another crockpot meal. Another idea for a quick dinner is this macaroni and cheese with spring vegetables. Bet you didn’t know you could get this on the table in under 30 minutes! Macaroni and cheese…

Moroccan Coffee

Mother’s Day Moroccan Ka’hwah {Coffee}

Morocco isn’t known for it’s coffee culture but I’ve found the “coffee culture” inside of many Moroccan homes to be my favorite part of the day. Arabica coffee sometimes mixed with spices and sometimes alone is brewed thick and served with plenty of sweet, whole milk. In honor of Mother’s Day in the United States I’m sharing how you can make Moroccan coffee at home – with the help of my friends at Starbucks. Do you remember your teenage self? Full of angst, demands, and dreams?  Ready to kick down the door and get out? Yea, that was me too.…

4 tips to plan an international move

4 Tips to Start Planning an International Relocation

  Since we’ve made the decision to move to Morocco, and made it public, one of the most frequent things I’ve heard is, “that’s so great, I really wish WE could do that.”  Not everyone is jumping to go to Morocco but a lot of people are jumping to live somewhere else, whether that’s their spouse’s native country or simply another destination.   I have to tell you something;   There’s nothing special about us.   Honestly, we don’t have buckets of money sitting around (I sure wish we did!).  We’re not anymore adventurous than you, we don’t have a…