Even though

I sniffed. Ah, lemon. The smell of clean. “Shukran, Fatiha,” I expressed my thanks as I followed my house helper out the front door. I loved Wednesdays. It meant a visit from Fatiha who doused my tile floors with buckets of water and “Monsieur Propre” (the Mr. Clean equivalent), finished my dirty dishes, and swept … More Even though

Crazy driving

We have now landed in the US, but this was a draft that I never posted. I won’t quickly forget driving in Morocco… When I step into the car my mind often goes to the 80s song by the Fine Young Cannibals, “She drives me crazy.” But I sing it with an “it” instead of … More Crazy driving

Familiar products

Here are some things that I buy weekly, if not daily, that I wanted to make sure I captured so I won’t quickly forget how much I depended on them. Milk in half liter containers. What I pretended was cream cheese.  Nice in a coffee cake. This is the yogurt company that I remember as … More Familiar products

The chicken man

Down the street from Omar, the fruit and vegetable guy, is the “chicken man” nestled under his orange awning. (And yes, in case you are wondering, I did buy some of those delicious, sweet beets sitting there.) The chicken man has so much more than poultry!  He has my favorite olives, marinated with citrus. He … More The chicken man


Morocco has plenty of juice places. It’s a refreshing and inexpensive snack. Plus, they are beautiful–a delicious strawberry one. My favorite–an avocado with ground almonds and dates–sitting next to a mango friend. I love being together most of all.

Purifying veggies

This is mundane–it’s a little peek into the kitchen to see how I clean veggies! We use a purple pill (potassium permanganate) to chase away all of those bad pesky microbes. I’m not sure quite how it works, but we’ve trusted it for years. We soak the vegetables for a few minutes and then rinse. … More Purifying veggies


Patrick asked the store owner for some Oreos. He searched in a box and produced this. Eyoo. This is how they pronounce Oreo. Eyoo. Try to say it with a French-sounding “e” and in three syllables. It’s close! I think the “r” sound tends to vary in many languages, so a “y” sound is a … More Oreos

A golden egg?

Patrick picked up a chicken from the souk last week. When he was little, one of his chores on the ranch was to slaughter the chickens, so he wanted Josiah to have a chance to experience it. I was hoping that maybe she would lay some eggs for us in the meantime. One day around … More A golden egg?