Living in a strange country

I am lonely very lonely here I feel like I am always left out of the conversation last to know, 

Even when I am included in the conversation I feel like I am missing words ,

I try and learn but it is very hard.
I feel like my brain is wired differently to not retain languages I feel deficit in languages, 

I  now understand how people with autism feel being misunderstood and alone in the world and that sometimes one can hear the information but nor process or retain it and are then unable to respond to it.

I feel alone even when surrounded by people the noises get to me then I go hide in my room , noise sensory issues are not fun to deal with hiding might to some seem childish but when your system is overwhelmed you just can’t deal with it and will shut down.

My moods have been haywire and I can’t seem to get them under control nothing I have tried seems to help, it is very frustrating and lonely no one wants to be around me when I’m in one of my moods what they don’t understand is I don’t have control of my brain it runs away and haywire and then I feel bad guilty and upset about my moods it doesn’t help that there is language differences and cultural differences as well as cultural issues.

I am alone to suffer that’s all I do is suffer it feels pointless to try and fight something I have never had control over there is no hope the mood swings seem to be getting worse and more frequent as well as more frightening sometimes I wonder if it would be better to just leave and go away from everyone that I know so they don’t have to deal with my issues and mood swing

Tagine Chicken 

2 chicken legs and thighs skin removed 2 tablespoons olive oil 

1 teaspoon heaping of ginger

2 teaspoons turmeric 

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper 

Water as needed

1 onion sliced 

1 kohlrabi peeled and cut into 4 chunks

1 zucchini ends removed and sliced into 4 chunks

To make get tagine pan add oil then onion chicken*

Then take spices mix in small bowl then add to chicken and add water bring to low simmer cook 15 minutes or until chicken is soft then add vegetables and cook until tender over low heat watch water so it doesn’t burn add more if needed 

I simmer till very little liquid is left 

*Always wash chicken either with lemon juice or vinegar let sit 10 minutes then rinse to remove chicken smell.

You can switch the vegetables out if you don’t have the ones above, can make with potatoes, carrots, turnips and peas.

The picture is of potatoes and peas with tomatoes.

Serve with khobs .

Okra yummy

Okra about 3 cups sliced

Garlic 3 to 4 cloves peeled and minced

1 Small onion peeled and minced

handful each Parsley and cilantro finely chopped

1 cup tomatoes seeded peeled and finely chopped

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

salt to taste add after cooking

  olive oil add after cooking

In heated a cast iron skillet  add a little vegetable oil, then add chopped cilantro and parsley , paprika, cumin , minced garlic and onion , cook for about 5 minutes then add sliced okra, and seeded , peeled and  chopped tomatoes  cooked down for about 15 minutes cook, then simmer  down for 10-15 minutes more. Before serving, add olive oil use extra virgin and salt serve with bread. okra yummy

Dry Detergent for Clothes

Powdered Detergent

4 lb box Borax

3 lb box Washing Soda

4 lb box baking soda
3 lb container OxyClean (optional….but I have messy toddlers)

2 bars Fels Naptha soap (Dove is another soap I use

1.Grate bars of soap using a fine grater.  I use rubber gloves so that I don’t grate my fingers as well.I don’t grate my fingers as well.

2. In a large 5 gallon bucket, layer all ingredients and mix.  I put the lid on and rolled the bucket around and then used my rubber gloved hands to mix this all up.  It was a workout.

3. Use 2 Tbsp per load.  Sprinkle directly in drum on top of clothes.

*This works great in top loading, front loading, regular, and HE machines.

Inshaallah I will post a recipe for the liquid kind soon

Moroccan Tea

Green tea loose leaf

Boiling water

Sugar

Mint if you have it, if not no worries

Tea pot

Tea cups and tray

  • Pour green tea leaves into tea pot about 3.5 tablespoons for those who like to measure , I just pour in green tea to cover the bottom of the pot .
  • Pour a small amount of water onto tea leaves swish it around and dump this out repeat one more time then add water to fill pot.
  • Bring to boil and lower heat boil for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Add sugar to taste , also if using mint wash then crush and break into pieces add to tea pot note you might need to pour some tea out into a cup to add the mint and sugar once added then add the tea back to pot
  • Mix well by pouring into cups then pouring back into pot
  • Place tea cups and pot onto tray , can serve cookies, bread and cheese with jelly ,olives, and olive oil .moroccan tea yumm

Moroccan coffee recipes

as salam alikum all

Below is two Moroccan coffee recipes one is a quick on the go recipe which is first , and the second is a longer more involved recipe, both taste great so enjoy!

this recipe makes 4 big cups

Take 1 quart milk place in pan bring to boil

Place in 4 cups add sugar to taste for each person

Instant coffee we use nestle coffee add to cups as much as you desire to make coffee as strong or weak as you like

stir and enjoy.

moroccan coffee yes Moroccans like to serve their coffee in small tea sized cups, I prefer a normal sized cup so I don’t have to keep making up small cups.

Here is the second recipe.

2 cups water

3/4 cup ground coffee beans

1.5 quarts milk

sugar cubes as desired placed in a bowl

to make take,

good coffee beans ground fine 2 cups of water

measure out coffee grounds into water  I used 3/4 cups coffee grounds add to water and

bring water to boil , boil about 5 minutes

place 1 .5 quarts milk into saucepan and bring to boil watch carefully so it doesn’t boil over and make big mess.

get tray place cups on tray   along with sugar and teaspoons for stirring

Place milk in thermal pitcher 

Place coffee in thermal pitcher

take tray and thermal pitchers to table 

To serve pour in milk add sugar mix add coffee and mix then drink and enjoy!

moroccan-coffee2

Stomach Bug and MoroccanRemedies

I have had a stomach bug for the last 3 days , it has caused cramping gas and loose stools . The first day I had it I just thought something didn’t agree with my stomach the second days I knew it was a stomach bug of some sort so I started treating it , back in USA,

I would have just reached for whatever stomach medication was in the medicine cabinet but here its not that easy the medicine cabinet and the kitchen are linked , here’s how basically here in morocco everything is home remedy unless you are gushing blood or broke a bone.

To treat stomach issues the go to is Zaatar to make it is quite simple

get zaatar (aka thyme flowers and dried leaves ) roll dried herbs between hands to crush place in pot add cup of milk and bring to boil turn off strain out and place in cup add either sugar or honey whichever is handy and drink .

below is a picture of zaatar in milkmilk with zaatar

That was the cup I drank yesterday , this morning I learned that one can also mix zaatar milk with one’s morning cup of Joe (aka coffee)

below is a picture of my morning coffee, zaatar and coffee

in morocco coffee is mixed with milk and then sugar is added , it actually tasted very good with zaatar added and my stomach seems to be on the mend.

I will inshaallah post a recipe for Moroccan coffee soon !