Posts Tagged‘Appetizers’

24 Vegan Appetizer or Iftar Ideas

Welcome to week three of iftar ideas for Ramadan. Whenever Ramadan falls in summer months I am immediately drawn to eating the foods that fit the season. Here, in Morocco, they’ll eat hot harira soup all month long but that just has no appeal to me. The last thing I want to eat after fasting in 100+ temperatures all day is a hot bowl of soup. No thanks.  But, give me some fresh cut up fruit or a cold gazpacho and a bucket of water and I’ll be your friend for life. I also have learned what a challenge it…

Slow Cooker Harissa Meatballs

Slow Cooker Harissa Meatballs

Is it just me or have the last five months gone by incredibly fast? I can’t believe that June is part way through. Last year I was so organized and prepared for Ramadan way ahead of time and this year I feel like I’m grasping for straws. This will be my first Ramadan in Morocco. It’s hard to believe that MarocBaba and I have been together for 10 years and I’ve never been in Morocco during this time. We’ll be staying through part of July and then the boys and I are returning to the United States to spend some…

Cauliflower Goat Cheese Hummus

Crunchy Cauliflower Goat Cheese Hummus

Have you ever loved a food so much but your partner/child/parent/special someone didn’t share that same love? It stinks! We share so much of ourselves and our lives through the food we make and share. Sure you can always avoid it and look for a mutually favorite food or you can be like me and repeatedly beat your head against the wall trying to come up with a way to make the ingredient enjoyable. That’s my cauliflower story. MarocBaba hates cauliflower. I tried making it the way my mom always got us to eat it, with cheese melted all over…

Morocca Harissa Spiked Chili #SundaySupper

Moroccan Harissa Spiked Chili for #SundaySupper

When the temperatures begin to dip the first thing people reach for are soups and stews. But, by this time of winter the novelty of those hearty, warming foods has worn off. Where is spring, already?!? Here in Morocco, winter is nothing like the upper Midwest. Our day time temperatures rarely go below 60F, and generally are in the 70’s and sunny. But nighttime temperatures drop fast to the 40’s and 50’s. Without indoor heat, it is very cold! I love making stews and welcome any chance to try something new. This week for #SundaySupper we’re having a virtual chili…

Lemongrass Basil Text

Lemongrass Basil Couscous Cakes

“Save it for a rainy day.” I must have heard this phrase a hundred times growing up and when MarocBaba moved to the US it was one of the first idioms he learned in English. My dad said (and still says!) this regularly in reference to just about anything but specifically money. Even now, 10 years later whenever he hears this, MarocBaba laughs and says “remember when your dad said that?” One of the most frightening things about working freelance is that money can dry up, so having a rainy day fund becomes a necessity more than a comfort. Our…

Stuffed Olives Tapas

Stuffed Green Queen Olives with Garlic Infused Olive Oil for #SundaySupper

When I found out this weeks’ #SundaySupper theme was tapas I was one of the first to sign up a recipe. I have always loved tapas, and after experiencing the real thing in Spain a few months ago, it’s safe to say I’ll forever love them! There are many nights when I put together a few small plates for a light meal. It’s simple and fun to make a meal out of a bunch of easy to make items. In Madrid the Mercado de San Miguel is an indoor covered market that serves all kinds of tapas and pinchos. Typically…

Healthy Party Foods

64 Healthy Party Foods for New Year’s Eve and Game Day

Raise your hand if you promised you would lay off the buffet lines, dessert table, and everything else that’s “not good for you” once the holiday season was over. Now, raise your hand if you’ve already broken that promise! With New Year’s Eve only a few days away, bowl games, and the Superbowl yet to come the food somorgasbord isn’t over.  Instead of sticking to lettuce leafs and tasteless rice crackers at your upcoming parties, try your hand at some of these delicious recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. 7 Layer Greek Dip from The Kitchen is My…

Korean Stirfry Chicken Wings

MarocBaba LOVES chicken wings. Whenever we go out somewhere, he often orders them and I cringe at the price. In most places, the price breaks down to about $1 a piece. Chicken wings are some of the cheapest cuts of meat out there! So, instead of paying through the nose, I decided to make them at home. It’s completely possible find organic chicken wings for around $3 a pound (about 8 wings).  It’s intimidating for a lot of people to think about making chicken wings, how do you do it anyway?  Guess what, it’s so easy! Some people prefer to…