Had dinner with friends on Saturday night and were chatting to a Moroccan friend, who is about to move to the UK, and we were explaining about all the different root vegetables that we have there, that are not available here. Moroccan tagines are great with root veg and he is a very good cook and will have fun exploring cooking with turnips, parsnips, swede etc.
Made me wonder about other things we can’t get here. When I first arrived 8 years ago trips back to the UK included a supermarket trip for various foodstuffs. Now a lot of them are available here, or we’ve found alternatives. Indeed, after such a long time I don’t taste any difference between ‘our’ produce and those from the UK, but then that could just be my bad memory.
Now the only foodstuff I bring back is Marmite (for gravy cos our Knorr stock cubes are really pale) and I do miss Heinz Baked Beans, we get beans in tomato sauce but they really aren’t they same, although they are acceptable with a smidgen of sugar and shake of Worcestershire Sauce (Jessy’s not Lee and Perrins).
Just found this week proper sized tea towels in the supermarket, my sister in law thought I was mad using tiny dishcloth sized tea towels when she visited, but that was the only size available until now.
We still get excited when something familiar to us appears in the shops for the first time, and within days the grapevine has worked and the shelves are empty! Unfortunately Moroccan stock replenishment leaves a lot to be desired.
For example hide dog chews, theres only one shop in Agadir who sells them and they had them constantly for the past two years but they’ve run out for the past three months now with no rhyme nor reason.
Then there’s the difference in culture, you can buy dried stuffs weighed out in little bags, flour, cous cous, rice etc, like the old grocery shops of my childhood. And everything is in season, strawberries are only available here in the winter months, prices go up and down enormously depending on whether its the height of season or not, we get some imported fruits but never vegetables, this is how life should be, we shouldn’t be flying our food half way round the world in my opinion.
An image of produce shared by https://www.facebook.com/pages/March%C3%A9-Municipal-Central-dAgadir/304633419710709?fref=photo
Also everything is made freshly, ready meals have only started to appear this last year, individual lasagnes, frozen fish in batter, pizzas, and I imagine these are only bought by us mad foreigners. Bread is baked freshly twice a day and is as hard as a rock the next day because they don’t use the preservatives, they just buy fresh.
Yesterday I was watching Come Dine with Me, and they were going to great lengths to make home made ice cream, and I had just made some jelly and ice cream myself, but mine came from easy packet mixes, again a recent addition to the supermarket shelves.
Found it interesting that Morocco is just entering the convenience foods market, and the UK seems to be coming out the other side, with a return to locally grown produce, home baking, cooking from scratch. At least, that’s what the TV shows us, but then again, it also shows us families who eat nothing but convenience stodge and takeaways. Whats the truth? Whats in your shopping trolley?
Its been a while since I’ve been here, just been recharging my batteries
Decided today my garden needed some attention.
Last week I dug up (blood sweat and tears) two big cacti plants. This has opened up the left hand border and given the dogs somewhere to pee without being speared!
The new wall which had sparse cover from climbers has now filled out so much it needed a good cut today
I decided my right hand border needed some colour as the foster pups (now thankfully rehomed) had eaten all my flowers. Bought some marigolds (my dad’s favourite) some geraniums and a couple of plants that had flowers like busy lizzies but not the same leaves.
So, apricot tree – should it stay or should it go? Please let me know what you think.
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For 18 months my dogs have played in the park daily with two gorgeous young street dogs who lived there. Six months ago they ate poison and almost died (the Local Authority’s way of controlling the number of strays here in Morocco is to put down poison). The Hobo’s managed to save them, and I and a friend started to feed them daily. Betsy had puppies recently, five died, and two were taken as pets by people visiting the park. Then Sissy had 8 puppies. Last week sadly both grown dogs were again poisoned, and this time died. So we were left with 8 three week old puppies. We started to feed them in the park, but then two disappeared and the Gardener said two young boys took them. At three weeks old and with no special knowledge, we felt sure the two babies would be dead by midnight. My friend decided to take the other six to her house to look after for a few weeks to get them stronger, and then we would return them to the park while also trying to rehome them to Moroccan families. We both feel strongly that the only way to change attitudes to animals is to get them into the community as pets. It is true that some people here hate dogs and some are very frightened of them, however, it is also true that there are many many Moroccans who are very kind to animals and tend to buy their puppies from puppy farms. We’d like to encourage them to take ‘Beldi’ (native) dogs.
So today, after their foster mum had had a few days of hard work feeding and cleaning up after six puppies, we take our dogs to the park this morning, and there are the two missing puppies! Someone had returned them to the same place they were taken from, and in good health. So my friend takes the other two home….
Here they are
So today we have been bathing, combing, defleaing, feeding, and cuddling all 8 pups.
Then we got the most amazing news, another friend has been talking to acquaintances and she has found a lady who lives in the Mountain who is interested in taking three pups. This is the most fantastic news, and gives us hope for good homes so we have decided between us to keep them until they are 8 weeks old. Hopefully we will have been able to rehome all, or most by then, and it will not be necessary to put them back in the park at all.
Another friend has started
She has given her time, her skill and all the materials free of charge to produce and sell fabulous stickers like these
This is about Paws for Puppies
“These poor puppies have been left to starve on the streets of Agadir after their mum, Sissy, was cruelly poisoned! They are currently in the arms of a foster mummy but lets help get them fed, vetted and neutered.
By buying a Paw for a Puppy sticker/decal you can contribute 100% to the pups – you can buy as many as you want – for as much as you want! They will be sent to you with free p&p and much love and kisses from me a woofs from the pups. There are no admin fees, no handling fees, no nothing fees … all the money goes to the puppies … ♥ … xox”
She has had orders from lovely people, giving us enough money to feed the pups for the next couple of weeks. Thank you all so much for making this even possible.
Its early days yet, the pups are very young and anything might happen to them, but please be aware that any money we raise will go towards the pups care, or if there is any left over, to the Agadir Association Le Coeur Sur La Patte – see their website
Watch this space …