Posts Tagged‘Main Dish’

Quick Persian Rice and Beef

Quick Persian Rice and Spiced Beef for a Middle Eastern #SundaySupper

I have loved participating in #SundaySupper over the last year and have made so many awesome new blogging friends. Now, it’s finally my time to host this event.  What better topic for me than the theme of Middle Eastern food?  If you’ve followed my journey, you’ll know that before I met my husband I could barely cook American food let alone anything else.  Over time and exposure I have become adept at adapting traditional Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes for an American kitchen. There are so many delicious Middle Eastern foods but I feel a lot of people are overwhelmed…

Italian Wedding Soup

What happens when you leave North Africa and are dropped to the Midwest in under 24 hours? Severe temperature issues that’s what! When I left Morocco it was in the mid-80’s and I’ve been “enjoying” balmy 30 degree temperatures daily since being back.  It left me with one thing to do – make soup. Lots of soup. I had a very long flight back to the US and made sure to fill my iPad with TV shows before I left. I love the free shows, especially since I don’t get to watch much American TV in Morocco. One of the…

Lamb Ragout

Lamb Ragout and Pasta for #SundaySupper

One of the things I have loved the most about moving to Morocco is that nearly 100% of what I cook and eat is local, fresh food. We tried very hard to eat this way in the US but as many people will say, cost really does add up.  Here fresh food is cheap – packaged food is expensive, basically the way it should be everywhere. When I can buy pounds and pounds of produce for only a few dollars, it makes experimenting even more fun. We’ve just finished celebrating Eid al Adha, commemorating the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice…

planning an eid party

Tips For Planning an Eid al Adha Party

Eid is just around the corner! I am busy working on a guest post for My Halal Kitchen about what Eid preparations are like in Morocco.  The sheep have just started coming into the city and people are beginning to prepare. I’ve heard many butchers will close for the rest of the week and my kids have a holiday from school. Earlier this year, at the end of Ramadan my sister threw an Eid al Fitr party for us.  We were in the midst of packing and getting ready for our move and so between her and my mom they…

Quince Collage (1)

One Pot Beef and Quince Tajine for #SundaySupper

I’ve been seeing a lot of fall pictures from my friends on Facebook. The changing leaves. Kids Halloween costumes. Pumpkin spice everything. I sniffle a little and feel a bit sad that I don’t think I’ll see much of fall this year. The olive trees don’t change colors, no trick or treating to prepare for, and pumpkin spice is only a memory.  When I talked to my mom yesterday I heard my niece say “grandma, I need my jacket.” Pfff jackets? My kids aren’t even in long sleeve t-shirts yet! I do keep reminding myself that when the snow starts…

Quail Egg and Merguez Tortilla

Quail Egg, Potato and Merguez Tortilla

I could watch cooking shows all day long – in any language. I am always intrigued by what a chef chooses to create with ingredients, especially unique ingredients. On an episode of Chopped one of the ingredients was quail eggs. I remember thinking how adorable the little eggs looked, but slightly queasy thinking of the little birds that could hatch out of them. (I know, no birds come out of unfertilized eggs!) I’ve had a lot of fun shopping in the markets and grocery stores here. On a recent trip to supermarket mega store Marjane I found quail eggs in…

Fig and Lime Glazed Meatloaf

Around the World in 12 Dishes: New Zealand Fig and Lime Glazed Meatloaf

I’ve got a new blogging theme carnival that I’m participating in. Around the World in 12 Dishes, “visits” s a different country every month and participants make food and/or crafts from that culture. It’s a great way to introduce kids to the world and try new things. We’re pretty adventurous in our home, and my kids have a lot of experience with all kinds of food so I’m excited to get them involved in this project every month.   I didn’t have a lot of time to get this together and so I wasn’t able to do much with my kids…

Mini Meatball Risotto with Goat Cheese

A #SundaySupper Mini Meatball and Goat Cheese Risotto

Even though today is the first day of fall, the weather barely feels like it. Our daily temperatures are still topping 90F, while evenings cool down to the mid-60’s. I am seeing so many friends posting pictures of the leaves changing colors, apple orchards, jeans and sweaters, and all of the other signs of fall. I don’t know when fall will really arrive here, but I’m still going to embrace the season!  If you haven’t guessed, the theme for this week’s #SundaySupper is fall. I haven’t participated in several weeks, I’ll admit the move has me a bit off but…