Holy Smokes!! I have been in America – for the first time ever – for approximately ten months and I must say that I’m unimpressed with the food.
I love my wife. She is the only reason I am living in America. We met in Morocco several years ago and have both worked hard to immigrate me to America. You see I grew up in Northern Africa, in a town called Oujda in Morocco a mostly Muslim country located on the Northern tip of Africa. In Oujda we have beautiful and delicious food. Food with spices that fill the air with great aromas like Cumin, Garlic, and Cinnamon. Our staples are couscous a small soft rice like granules made from crushed wheat, and chicken tagine. We also make a ‘chicken pie’ called bastilla which is a light crispy pastry filled with saffron chicken, almonds and garnish of powdered sugar. Moroccans care more about food being delicious than food being healthy. Our food sources ARE healthy because they are all organic. We grow our own food and raise our own animals on our land rarely going to a market to purchase foods other than fish. The farm to table concept conceivably began with us, but I’m sure many cultures that eat from their farms make similar claims around the world.
Once I started to really complain about being unimpressed with typical American food, my wife challenged my pallet and treated me by cooking a few homemade dishes which I loved: macaroni and cheese, liver and onions and spinach quiche. Now I want more… delicious American food!!!
I am also a fitness geek spending a lot of time studying anatomy and working on my form at the gym. Our bodies are our temples so I want healthy versions of my favorite foods from home and the food I am exploring in America. I have family in the southern region of the U.S. where I hear the food is comforting, delicious and organic. The nomad in me will certainly plan continental travel based on the regional foods I both hear and read about.
By choice, I do most of the cooking in our house which my wife loves so I’ll be sharing more as I discover more.
Inshallah! [God willing]