Moroccan Potato Salad

Moroccan Potato Salad

My favorite part of a Moroccan meal isn’t the main dish. I have never really loved meat and, at least with my mother-in-law, most of the meals are pretty heavy in that department. No, my favorite part of the meal is the salad assortment that comes out first. I think my love of tapas in Spain and cicchetti in Italy inspire my love of the salad offerings. Truthfully, I’d be happy to just eat these and nothing else. I used to think that there was a specific salad served with each main dish, and while this can be true, often times salads…

Casablanca Fish Tajine

الدار البيضاء Fish Tajine for #SundaySupper

This week’s Sunday Supper theme is awesome.  I’m so excited!  Everyone is sharing a movie inspired recipe. Even though I loathe it, I wonder if you can guess which movie I’ve chosen? Want to know a little insider secret? There’s no such place as Rick’s Cafe – never was.  Flocks of tourists visit Casablanca every year to find it, and they do find a Rick’s Cafe but it’s just a tourist trap. It’s interesting to watch this movie, knowing a bit of history surrounding the area during that time.  Casablanca was certainly an international city though it’s safe to say…

real food: eating seasonally

Eating Real Food on a Budget: Eat Seasonally

Welcome to week six of my 10 ways to eat real food on a budget series.  This weeks’ topic may seem like a no-brainer.  Eating food when it’s in season is cheaper.  Period. But, you and I both know it’s not that simple. If you live in the northern part of the United States or somewhere that is “blessed” with many, many long months of winter your choices are really slim. I know, I live there.  If I were to eat local, in season foods from October – April, I’d be eating potatoes, squash, and maybe some lettuces – maybe.…

Green Pepper Harissa Chicken

Green Harissa Roast Chicken

Many people who are unfamiliar with Moroccan food assume that it is spicy.  They think of Indian flavors.  In reality Moroccan food is chock full of spices but it’s not hot spicy.  There’s one condiment that is pervasive in North Africa.  In Tunisia they use it like ketchup. Can you guess?   Harissa! Today I’m working with a new product from Mina Harissa.  They’re adding this green pepper harissa to their other three red pepper varieties.  I made some spicy pumpkin seeds with harissa in the fall and was excited to see what I could come up with for this…

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How I Learned to Make Moroccan Food

One of the most emailed and asked questions I get is how did I learn to make Moroccan food.  It’s a great question because I’m not Moroccan, not even one tiny bit. There’s only one reason I learned how to cook this kind of food – because before him I didn’t cook, at all.  Funny as it is I learned to make Moroccan food before I learned how to make the dishes of my own heritage. MarocBaba moved here in 2006.  We were super young and didn’t have much. It was clear after a few weeks, ok it was more…

When Culture Intersects with Reality

When you marry someone from another culture you expect there to be bumps along the way.  There will be language barriers and challenges with finding employment.  You might have different ideas about how to raise children or what to eat for dinner. I never expected there to be issues in the bathroom.  Never.  I promise I’m not going to go TMI on you here but I think this is such an important topic.  I’ve even devoted a whole section in my upcoming book just the bathroom. (Want to be the first to know about the book launch? Sign up for…

Reflections on Weight Loss 1:6

I’ve been participating in the Shaklee 180 Turnaround challenge with a community of other bloggers for one month now. In the last 30 days I’ve lost 8 pounds and am 11 pounds from reaching my goal weight! Please note that I most likely will lose more weight quicker because my caloric intake is lower than someone who has not had weight loss surgery. Today my video is sharing a bit more about my surgery, what my day looks like, working out, and my favorite shoes! If you didn’t read my earlier post about weight loss surgery, please do!  Thanks for…

Moroccan Dipped Cookies

Gluten-Free Moroccan Piped Cookies

Do you want to know a food blogger secret?  OK so maybe it’s not so “secret”. We have food.   Lots and lots of it. It may seem like a really great problem to have, and don’t get me wrong it is – most days.  But, for example right now, I’ve got a cake that’s 1/4 eaten, 2 dozen cookies, 1/2 a giant peanut butter egg, some more cookies, and that’s just the sweets.  You can see how this can quickly become troublesome for my waistline. My friend Jen of Savory Simple recently started The Leftovers Club for food bloggers…