I don’t have much access in my town to many of the types of foods I’m used to eating. I crave Chinese food and Shake Shack burgers daily. Every week there is a souq where I can buy produce, which varies by week and season. In the summer, the selection seemed to dwindle. But in the winter with the maximum assortment, there were the best oranges I’ve ever eaten, apples, bananas, plums, avocados, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, peppers, cilantro, and the list continues. All pretty basic, except the avocado is definitely an appreciated luxury.
There are chicken butchers, I guess you would call them, who often kill the chickens upon purchase. Thankfully, I have a chicken guy who has it ready in his fridge. And there is a meat butcher, who usually in my town only sells goat. At the hanut, or corner store, there are more packaged goods. Tomato sauce, spaghetti, milk, butter, yogurt, and so on.
But the selection is nothing like I’m used to back home or even in a Moroccan city. Sometimes I’ll randomly find some luxury like soy sauce or oatmeal at a hanut. I also found a lone jar of peanut butter once. If I’m on my way home from a city, I’ll sometimes go grocery shopping and bring back things I miss, like balsamic vinegar, beef, mushrooms, broccoli, and decaf coffee.
One thing I’ve been craving is a non-dairy milk because I often prefer it. I was fine with regular milk but wanted some variety. So I recently found out that almond milk it actually pretty easy to make, and almonds are easily accessible in my town. So I made almond milk and its byproduct, almond meal, a flour alternative, yesterday. It was rewarding and shocking. It’s such a small addition to my life, but mentally I regained a sense of control over what I was eating. I was glad to learn something new, have a new healthy option in my diet, and discover a luxury amongst the basics.
I made my first video ever that I posted on Youtube about this experience that you can watch here. Let me know what you think and if you try to make almond milk yourself!
P.S. Almond flour is also just blended almonds, usually peeled or blanched. Super easy to make and a great alternative for a a low-carb diet. Another easy and healthy recipe I learned influenced by scarcity.