Moroccan Farro Breakfast

Farro, It’s What’s for Breakfast

I’ve got to be honest I had never tasted farro before finding out about a cooking challenge from Tuscan Fields and Eat Write Retreat.  I knew it was a grain and it reminded me of barley but that’s about it.  A quick google search told me that it’s really common in salads. So when two boxes of farro arrived on my doorstep I racked my brain to create a new recipe.  The grains reminded me so much of hrbil, a Moroccan breakfast made most often during Eid. I love hrbil, and so I was very hopeful that recreating it with…

Real Food: Butchering

One of the best ways to save money on real foods, and especially meat, is to buy a whole or half of an animal.  We slaughter a lamb each year for Eid.  Yes, we do it ourselves.  Yes, we cut it and package it ourselves.  I have to say I had never done this before the first Eid we celebrated. But, I had been privy to hunting and the butchering of animals my whole life so it didn’t really seem odd. Ok, when MarocBaba brought home an entire skinned and gutted sheep in a plastic bag and put it on…

Moroccan Preserved Lemons

Moroccan Preserved Lemons for #SundaySupper

I can’t believe I’ve never shared a how-to post for preserved lemons.  These are THE ingredient that makes Moroccan cuisine what it is.  A Moroccan pantry simply cannot exist without a jar of preserved lemons. Most often they are used in tajines though you will also find them in salads and fish dishes. The reason I’ve never shared a recipe is pretty simple.  I’ve never had to make the lemons.  We usually get a giant jar from my mother-in-law when we’re returning from Morocco and they last me until our next trip.  I know that not everyone is this fortunate…

Mimouna Ideas and Inspiration

Last year for Mimouna I wrote a general post, introducing many of you to this unique Moroccan holiday.  Whether you’re Jewish or not, Mimouna is a great festival to share with family and friends. This year the holiday is on April 2nd.  So get your wheat flour ready to celebrate! Mimouna, like many Moroccan holidays, is a religious celebration to mark the end of a time of abstaining with what else but amazingly delicious food. In honor of Mimouna this year, here are some links to a few traditional Mimouna dishes for your celebration. Marzipan Moroccan White Fish for Mimouna…

Tajine Tutorial

Tajine Tutorial {Guest Post on Mother Would Know}

 Stop by Mother Would Know for a tajine tutorial guest post! My friend Laura recently bought this really nice tajine but had no idea how to use it or cook in it!  She asked if I could help her, and her readers out by offering a tutorial.  In the first post I talk about how to prepare and use the vessel.  In the second post you’ll be able to read her experience with one of my recipes and use it yourself! Part One: Tajine Tutorial Part Two: (and one of my favorite blog titles) A Muslim Helps a Jew Christen…

turkey trot

Time to Come Clean: My Journey

I feel really bad. I’ve been keeping a huge, gigantic secret from all of you. Actually, I’ve been keeping it from most people in my life (except for my close family and friends). In September my blog went quiet for a little bit. For more than a year I was preparing for the day that was going to change my life.  I know a lot of people say that when they get married or have kids (I didn’t do either of those), but the change that I underwent is just, if not more life altering. I had weight loss surgery.…

Real Food on a Budget: Eat From Your Pantry

Real Food: Eat From Your Pantry

This might be my very favorite post in my series of Real Food on a Budget.  I think this tip has a ton of potential to cut down on your grocery bill and also lead to some creative genius in your meals! How many of us have a bottle of something or another sitting on a shelf that we swear we’re going to use one day?  Or that half used pack of rice noodles that look at you longingly.  A great way to cut down your food bill while eating real foods is to actually use them. Even if you’re…

Moroccan Haroset Truffles

Moroccan Haroset for a Passover #SundaySupper

In Morocco there is a really unique holiday called Mimouna.  It really only happens there or in communities that have a Moroccan Jewish diaspora population.  It happens the day after Passover and and marks the start of spring and the return of chametz or bread products.  Last year I wrote a whole post with many more details about the holiday – I really think it’s worth a read!  What I really love about this holiday is that it breaks down some stereotypes.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, my husband grew up in the kasbah of Marrakech, which is…