Posts Tagged‘Appetizers’

garlic shrimp bruschetta

Garlic Shrimp Bruschetta for Your Valentine #SundaySupper

                    Thursday is Valentine’s Day, an (in my opinion) over-hyped, commercialized holiday – at least where we live. you might be wondering why in the world I’m blogging about this then. I think that any opportunity we have to show the ones we love our appreciation we should do it.  In my life, that means cooking a meal loaded with love. There is one appetizer that I know will always put a smile on MarocBaba’s face.  It’s so simple and sometimes I wonder why I don’t make it more often. Then…

tandoori spiced popcorn

Tandoori Spiced Popcorn for a #SundaySupper Snack

You may have heard there’s a little event going on today.  Well, if you live in the US you couldn’t have missed it.  It’s Superbowl time!  For those of my readers who don’t know it’s a football game and an excuse for many Americans to overindulge in food, alcohol and noise.  I grew up watching football but the only time I’ve ever (and will ever) cheer for is Green Bay.  Sadly, they’re not playing this weekend. While there are plenty of Superbowl parties being held, we have always stayed home and watched the game.  This year, I thought that MarocBaba…

Vegetable Samosas with Homemade Ranch

Crispy Samosas with Homemade Ranch Dipping Sauce

If your kids are anything like mine, they’re condiment crazy. Every few weeks, as I make my shopping list I have to re-check the door of the fridge to see what’s missing this week. MarocBaba, who for the longest time wouldn’t touch salad dressing or dipping sauce has become a ranch-a-holic. It goes on everything. Well it did until I showed him how much fat, sugar and calories were in regular ranch. Recently I was working on some recipe ideas for a fall party and decided to make my own ranch dressing to go with some of the dishes. Saffron…

Moroccan Ma'akouda Patties

Ma’akouda – The Moroccan “French Fry”

  It was after a long morning on the beach of Essaouira that we stumbled into the medina to find something for lunch.  Well equipped with a list of requests from the rest of the family we found a “snak” stand to place a very large order.  It was during this last visit to Morocco that I danced with the idea of vegetarianism having had my fill and then some of meat and chicken.  When we went out to eat I was constantly opting for an option without meat.  So as we stood placing order after order I glanced into…

A Honey and Cheese Party with My Girlfriends

When we moved back to the Midwest I left behind a lot of really great friends.  For many months I really felt like I would never find even a single friend let alone several.  But I have been very blessed to meet several ladies that I am honored to call friends.  We’ve started a little tradition of having “girls night”, and because all of us are tight on cash (who isn’t?) and have kids (hence why there’s no cash) we have our get-togethers at home.  I invited them over to my house most recently for a honey and cheese party.…

Tartine with Honey Creme, Chevre and Za’atar

  See that? It’s probably one of the most recognizable symbols around the world. I’ve always dreamed of the day I made it to France to see L’tour Eiffel up close and personal. On our way to Morocco we had a 13 hour layover in Paris and there was no chance we were spending it in the airport. (I’m going to do another post at some point talking about long layovers and how to spend them out of the airport.)  There were three things that I needed to do in Paris.   1. Eat a great lunch   2. See…

Spicy Organic Pumpkin Seeds

My kids LOVE pumpkin seeds.  Actually they love any kind of seeds or nuts, sunflower seeds, soybeans, almonds, peanuts, squash seeds, you name it and roast it -they eat it.  We had two organic pumpkins to carve for fall/Halloween and while I had dreams of roasting and eating the pumpkins the kids had other plans.  I had gotten everything ready for gutting and carving including a garbage bag.  This was met with cries of disgust.  “Why are you throwing those away?  You need to cook them for us!!”  Out came the large mixing bowl to save all the seeds.  …

White Bean Garlic Dip with Green Olives and Tomatoes

Dips and scoop-able salads are really big at our house.  It seems to me that in Middle Eastern/North African cuisine dips are just an excuse to eat more fantastic bread.  I’m ok with that.  I came up with this dip during Ramadan as a side dish for iftar.  It came together out of a bunch of leftovers and a can of great northern beans.  When I shop I always try to get a few pantry items that I have no immediate plans for.  Then when I’m feeling an itch to make something new I have a bunch of different options.…