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Homemade Sea Salt Soft Pretzels

Last week K casually came to me and asked, “Mom, can you make some Lego marshmallows, please?” Lego marshmallows? What are those?  I promised him that I would look online to see if such a thing even exists. (A friend later told me that yes, they do exist and can be found on YouTube.) But we got busy with our trip to Fez and the marshmallows never happened. But, he didn’t forget. Monday he asked for soft pretzels with cheese sauce. You probably won’t be surprised to find out neither of these exist in Morocco so I had to make them from scratch. Yesterday at 4:30 I realized I’d better get in the kitchen and figure them out before he came home from school. I didn’t know before I started looking for different ways to make these that pretzels have special significance this time of year. They were often made during Lent in the past because they contain simple ingredients …

Amanda MouttakiHomemade Sea Salt Soft Pretzels
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How Can You Afford a Global Lifestyle? 10 Bloggers Share Their Story.

Sadly, this post I shared many months ago mysteriously disappeared from my blog. After some digging I was able to recover the original text and am republishing this post so many found helpful. There is an assumption that in order to travel the world you must be independently wealthy or have really good connections. The truth is neither of these things is true.  Having a global lifestyle is a choice (in most cases) that families and individuals make. Some people choose to have a large home in the suburbs with all the “nice things” in life, while others opt for the loft apartment in the city.  Still others choose a modest home, with other life luxuries like new cars or “toys”.  Then there’s those who instead choose to travel.  This is us. One of the major reasons we are able to move to Morocco in a few weeks is because we don’t have a mortgage or credit card debt.  If …

Amanda MouttakiHow Can You Afford a Global Lifestyle? 10 Bloggers Share Their Story.
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Moroccan Flag Photo Contest

  Whose up for a little photo fun? I love photography and know that many of you do as well. I’m partnering with seven other Morocco-philes in a fun contest for our readers. You can find all the details on how to enter in the image above but the premise is pretty simple; submit your image with/of Moroccan flag (how you interpret this is up to you and part of the fun!) to  Note that the photo must be taken by you or you must be featured in it. Deadline to submit image is April, 12th MIDNIGHT GMT, 7PM US EST time. RESULTS: April, 19th on In order to be considered as a winner you also have to like all 8 Facebook pages of the organizers! #1 Bewildered in Morocco #2 XMORE #3 EU4you Handmade #4 Maroc Mama: Tastes, sights, and virtual smells from my Moroccan kitchen. #5 Anass Errihani Photographer #6 Moroccan trippers #7 Keep Calm & Visit Morocco #8 Je Voyage Casa – JVC Join the …

Amanda MouttakiMoroccan Flag Photo Contest
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Chicken Korma Pizza

Cheese. I really miss delicious, melty, gooey, cheesy goodness. The kind that tops pizza or a casserole. Enough to get a big bite and taste the salty, creamy goodness. When you order a pizza in Morocco it’s got just barely enough cheese on top to be recognizable and a really good mozzerella is hard to come by. Cheese isn’t eaten that much here and who knew this girl from the Dairy State would miss cheese so much? You can find some varieties to be sure. It’s mostly imported from Europe. I’ve had brie, gouda, and Emmentaler cheese. Some good jibli, a traditional cheese from northern Morocco. Goat and sheep soft cheese can be found. As for bubbling, melting mozzerellas or cheddar – they’re just not the same. A waxy texture to the mozzerella and cheddar that crumbles in the hand instead of remaining firm just fails to impress. But, you have to make do with what you have, so I …

Amanda MouttakiChicken Korma Pizza
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Tackling Morocco’s Movie Set at Ait Ben Haddou

  What’s your favorite set-in-the-”desert” movie?   Prince of Persia?   The Wind and The Lion? (yea I didn’t know this one either)     Gladiator?     Lawrence of Arabia? Chances are good that it was in part filmed in Morocco, and more specifically Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient city en route to the Sahara Desert. More than fifteen Hollywood movies have been filmed here and portions of the hit show Game of Thrones also take place in the fortification. This is an old city, but only a handful of families live here today. Instead they have built modern homes on the other side of the river. There are very few places remaining in Morocco today that are built in this style and are still preserved. The walls are made of a mud mixture called kla’a that has to be reapplied regularly. Every rainfall takes away bits of the wall. Ait ben Haddou sits on the caravan route that …

Amanda MouttakiTackling Morocco’s Movie Set at Ait Ben Haddou
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Cheddar Garlic Goat Cheese-Its

Here’s the funny thing about recipe writing for me lately. I learned how to cook using American measurements. I had very little contact with the metric system before moving here. 50 grams of butter, what? What is that? I had absolutely no way to visualize what metric measurements equaled. I still couldn’t tell you when I’ve driven a kilometer but certainly know how far a mile is. It’s one of those things that you just don’t think a lot before you move to a new country. I take that back, I did think about it a little so I made sure to bring my food scale, my cup measures and measuring cups. As I sat down to review my recipe notes for these I realized I had started to transition. Half the measurements were in metric and the other half in American measures. I had somewhat subconsciously done this. I’ve learned that 500 grams is roughly a pound for many …

Amanda MouttakiCheddar Garlic Goat Cheese-Its