Posts Tagged‘gluten-free’

Eating in Morocco with Allergies

Eating in Morocco with Food Allergies

One of the most frequent questions I get in my inbox relates to food allergies and visiting Morocco. This is something we were very worried about before our move. Our youngest son has an allergy to cucumbers and MarocBaba was diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago. If you’re visiting or moving it’s important to know what you’ll be up against. Education In large cities, tourism is a major industry. People are aware of the needs of travelers and varied diets. While 10 years ago someone who said they were a vegetarian would be met with glazed over eyes,…

Chipotle Chickpea Trail Mix with Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas

Chipotle Chickpea Trail Mix

I haven’t been posting many recipes lately. Blame it on the perpetual travel cycle that we’ve been going through coupled with a lack of creativity on my part. We’ve been back in Morocco for only a few days now and have less than a week until the kids will be going back to school. Last year I was barely treading water as we adjusted to a new system and way of life. This year I feel more prepared and better able to tackle the year. I shared last year that we have to send two snacks a day with our…

Afghani Style Chicken Pulao

Afghani Chicken Pulao

Earlier this week I made an Afghani inspired chicken pulao dish that was a delicious hit.  Truth be told, before we moved to Washington DC in 2007, I had never eaten Afghani food. I had never met a person from Afghanistan. Like many people our only connection to the country was the on-going war. I have a brother in law who was stationed there several times and friends of course but that was as close as it got. My first brush with Islam, was through the sordid tales emerging from Taliban Afghanistan (not a pretty picture). Then in Washington DC…

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…

Gluten Free Caramel Cashew Brownies

Gluten Free Caramel Cashew Brownies

One of the steps we had to take to complete my registration for a national ID card was a trip to Rabat for a background check. The appointment itself was less than thrilling but we also were able to meet up with my friend Allison and her family.  Allison and I have known each other online for many years, when we were going through the immigration process of bringing our spouses to the US. Then within a few weeks of each other we announced our plans to relocate back to Morocco! She and I had never met in real life…

Gluten Free Moroccan Bread

Gluten-Free Moroccan Style Round Bread

In Morocco, bread is cheap – really cheap. Just today I got 2 big loaves of French bread for about 15 cents. Granted, the average income here is much lower this is still a very affordable staple. Bread is on the table for every meal and every snack. Try telling someone in Morocco you don’t eat bread – they’ll look at you like a six-headed alien. This has created a big problem for us. Gluten allergies are largely unheard of here, and MarocBaba’s family is still struggling with understanding all of the things that have gluten in them. I haven’t…

15 Minute Coke Chicken

#WeekdaySupper Coke Chicken and Twice Baked Potatoes #FamilyDinnerTable

Not only did I get to participate in a very cheesy #SundaySupper yesterday, but I’m also joining #WeekdaySupper this week! The theme we’re tackling this week is SUPER quick meals.  When we lived in the US I was the queen of quick lunches and dinners, but here in Morocco it takes a little more time and planning to make a meal. There aren’t the numbers of canned or boxed convenience items (let alone full meals) to shortcut steps.  I’ve managed to “speed prep” by doing a few things.  I like to cut and chop my produce as much as possible…

Specialty Birthday Cakes

29 Birthday Cakes for My 29th Birthday

Some years I’m counting down the days until my birthday, it can’t come soon enough. Other years the day creeps up from behind me and then it’s here. My mom always made a big deal out of our birthdays.  She had a different theme every year, making food and snacks that matched. We got plenty of gifts and always had two parties; one for our friends and one for our family. Having these memories has really been a very treasured part of my childhood and always made me feel special and loved. This year, I’m away from my husband and…