Posts Tagged‘Saffron Road’

SRF Freezer Cooking

Preparing for Eid: Freezer Cooking with Simmer Sauces

All across the city people are making preparations for Eid, including our family. The sheep have started to find their way into city markets, small stalls are popping up to sell charcoal and bundles of straw for the sheep. There are plenty of advertisements marking the holiday, new clothes for sale, and people looking to gather the last little bit of money to go towards their sheep purchase. (Note: if you’re visiting Morocco right now, bargain hard! Most vendors want to make a sale, any sale right before this holiday.) Eid in Morocco is very different than Eid in the US…

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…

Red Curry Rice Bowl

Thai Red Curry Rice Bowl

  The weather here has gone from warm to hot in just a matter of a few days. I feel like we’ve bypassed spring completely and are going to have a long, hot summer. Yesterday, the kids went swimming for the first time this year – and probably the earliest time of the year they’ve been in a pool! I don’t know what it is but as soon as it gets hot my appetite takes a dive. I have no desire to spend time in the kitchen over the stove. It’s been wonderful having a wide variety of produce all…

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…

Great Grandma's Spritz with Sugar

Great Grandma’s Spritz and Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake

There are always a few holiday memories that tend to stick with us. Whether it’s a trip to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas morning at your house, complete with pancakes and hot cocoa these memories are what make holidays so special. For me, spritz cookies are an instant trip to Christmas memory lane. Every year my great grandma, and then my mom would make dozens and dozens of these cookies. Every shape was made with different colored dough and sugar sprinkles. My mom still uses a circa 1980’s cookie press to make them! Once a year the dough…

Dessert Buffet

Easy Holiday Entertaining Dessert Bar

After spending 3 weeks in the US, it’s safe to say I’ve gotten my fill of “holiday stuff.” Everywhere I went there was Thanksgiving decorations/food/music at every turn and then plastered in front of it all was the looming Christmas panic. I seriously wondered why every year this happens earlier and earlier.  I came at the end of October and there was Christmas decorations out before Halloween! My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday that has really nice memories for me and I do love preparing all of the dishes for a traditional meal. Whether you’re entertaining…

Thai Red Curry Turkey

Thai Red Curry Turkey Legs

I don’t always shop in what we in the US would consider a grocery store, but when I do I can’t help but be surprised at how much turkey is for sale. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan, it just surprises me.  Oddly, I’ve never seen my in-laws cooking with turkey so either it hasn’t really caught on, or they’re just not big fans. I have seen many really creative cuts that I’ve not encountered in the US.  I think the most ingenious is the “osso bucco” cut (yes, they really call it that). Turkey legs are really…

Vegetarian Harira

Vegetarian Moroccan Harira

For Moroccans, harira soup is a Ramadan ritual.  Every evening families sit down to bowls of steaming harira – even when daytime summer temperatures soar about the 100F mark. I love soup, but the last thing I want to do is leave my stove on for hours during the hottest part of summer. Instead, I created this quicker version to satisfy the Ramadan ritual but keep my house at a tolerable temperature. Traditional harira is made with dried lentils, dry chickpeas, rice, vermicelli noodles, a potpurri of herbs and spices, vegetables, and meat – most often lamb. If you’ve ever…