Jordan_Travel Report of an Expat

Three years ago, when my husband and I had decided to leave our Austrian lives behind and to emigrate, or as we had in mind, to dare to have an adventure, we were not quite sure what we would run into. Would we regret it? In the year of our emigration (2014), the still ongoing…

Jordan_ Aqaba… where the ocean meets the sand

Jordan is desert. Well… there is the Dead Sea, spectacular and beautiful, and oversaturated with salt. Breathtaking nature, but harsh environment for life. But that’s not all Jordan has to offer – there is one small edge, where Jordan reaches the Red Sea shore. It’s Jordan’s very south, the bay of Aqaba. It’s where the…

Creamy Pumpkin Soup Served with Roasted Pumpkin Slices (Low Carb)

Autumn arrived in Jordan as well, and herewith, opening pumpkin season. There are several well-known pumpkin dishes, but there is nothing better than a creamy pumpkin soup. Soup, especially creamy ones, are not just meant as a starter (for me) – I really enjoy them as a main dish too. To enhance its richness, I…

Jordan_Kerak Castle and Dana Biosphere Reserve

First year in Jordan was like a continuous road trip throughout the country; in my opinion the best way to get to know the culture and to explore new places. One of the most exciting ones was the trip from Amman to Kerak Castle with an overnight-stay in Dana – the good part was definitely…

Grilled Salad (Low Carb)

There are no seasons nor limits for barbecuing in Jordan – don’t be surprised I’m posting BBQ recipes all year long. It’s just a privilege living in a country with such incredible series of sunny days; and I enjoy it to the fullest. I knew grilled salad as a starter in fancy restaurants, but with…

Portugal_Lisbon: City of Colourful Tiles

Lisbon, nowadays everything else than unknown for a short city trip in Europe, pretty ‘en vogue’. A must visit when in Portugal – and I truly can’t deny that. We spent three nights in Lisbon and I could have spent few days more so easily. It wasn’t a surprise that the city amazed us from…

Pastéis de Nata: Peerless Portuguese Pastry

First of all, I admit, I didn’t prepare the puff pastry by myself. Sorry for that. I know it’s a shame. To be honest, it seemed too much work and even more important – whenever the ‘demand’ for Natas rises it should go quick,). I am sure you will face similar condition after trying –…

Portugal_Countryside: Òbidos – Medieval Town and a Portuguese Vineyard

As mentioned in my last article ‘Portugal_Atlantic Ocean: Algarve and North Coast – Praia de Mira’ we spent the next few days in Portugal’s countryside. One place I didn’t like to miss was romantic medieval Òbidos, which I stumbled over by watching the impressive images in social media by road.memories. To absorb the according feeling…

Portugal_Atlantic Ocean: Algarve and North Coast – Praia de Mira

Finally, after months of planning our trip to Portugal we arrived at Lisbon Airport. Well… our first target wasn´t as planned, small Algarve’s coast village ‘Albufeira’, but instead, we ended up at the baggage ‘lost and found’ unit of Lisbon Airport. We tried not to lose our mind (in addition to the luggage) right from…

Coleslaw-Eggplant Burger vs. Matcha Burger (Low Carb)

Matcha Green Tea is nowadays nothing unusual and I’m sure the most of you already ate or drank something with the green powder in it – so did I. The green powder isn’t just great in flavour, for example as a Matcha Latte, but also often used for body detox. Last time I searched the…

Jordan_Umm Qais and the Sea of Galilee

Umm Qais or Umm Qays is a town in northern Jordan known for the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Gadara. By the way – ‘Umm’ means ‘Mother of …’ and ‘Abu’ means ‘Father of …’. In Arab culture it’s tradition that mother and father get named after the first born – so if the child’s name…

Calamari Fritti with Sweet Potato Chips

I guess just by nature we love the fresh fried calamari taste when on vacation by the sea? At least I am definitely one of them. The smell of a fresh fish catch and foreign languages spoken… hmmm that´s vacation feeling. But because I´m too impatient to wait for the next holidays to come I…

Jordan_Madaba: City of Mosaics and a Story about a Rug

As you may have noticed from some of my other blog articles, Jordan has plenty of religious and historical places to uncover.  Just to mention some: there is Mount Nebo, the peak where Moses finally found the Promise Land, the Baptism Side, where Jesus was baptized by John, but also many other places with stories…

Spicy Pancake Casserole

Recently, I watched one of my favorite Cooking and Travel series ‘Shane Delia’s Spicy Journey’. A guy from Malta travels around Middle Eastern countries to find out new recipes and spices to cook nicely looking (and I guess tasty) meals. Anyhow, after I watched the series last time I was motivated enough to try a…

Jordan_Ma’in: Hot Springs – Wellness Oasis in the Desert

Two years ago, when Stefan (my husband) and I were exploring Dead Sea area, we discovered plenty of steep Wadis, beautiful canyons down to Dead Sea. Among the most impressive ones: Wadi Ma’in with its Hot Springs. That time we only spent a couple of hours there to catch a glimpse of the waterfalls and…

Summer Pasta with Coco and Lime

Truly, Pasta has been one of my favourite dishes… since ever. But I guess I am not the only one thinking that way?! Not at least because there are so many different types of noodles and sauces – all kind of specialities and versions prepared with local proud and uniqueness. Spaghetti Carbonara or Spaghetti Bolognese…

Lebanon_Beirut: Street Life and Lebanese Food Style

Actually, Beirut was never on my bucket list, but since living in Jordan, where it is just an hour flight away, I got curious. After almost two and a half years I did it. Finally. I heard many different stories about the city – that it should be more western and mixed of cultures than…

Homemade Lentil Falafel

As you may imagine, the streets of Amman, and I guess that’s valid for every else city throughout the Middle East, are flooded with falafel stands. There is no need to prepare them at home, because in Amman you pay for 20 pieces around 0.50 JOD/~0.60 €. Traditionally they are prepared with chickpeas served in…

Jordan_Wadi Rum: Hike to Jordan’s Highest Mountain

After our first day Jeep tour, find the story in my last article ‘Wadi Rum – A Bedouin Lifestyle’, the second day started with traditional Arabic breakfast (hummus, lebaneh, zaatar, etc.) totally what I needed before the hike. Musa, that’s the name of our Bedouin guide, picked us up with his ‘Monkey’, a very cool…

Green Beans Curry (Low Carb)

Asian kitchen… with a lot of curries and of course coconut milk… yummy. This time I liked to try a curry with another, for my cooking unusual, sort of vegetable. To find out which ones are in season I took a look around the colourful vegetable markets to get a better idea. It became green…

Jordan_Petra – 800 Steps and a Love Story

Can you imagine packing your things and living from one day to the other in a two thousand-year-old cave? This is the story about the life of Marguerite van Geldermalsen a New Zealand-born nurse who fell in Love with Mohammad Abdallah Othman a Bedouin who lived in Petra. Last time I visited Petra, it was…

Beef Goulash without Onions (Low Carb)

Lately I felt some unusual appetite for goulash. Since I discovered an onion intolerance I am trying to avoid dishes with too many onions. What a shame because I love them. But goulash without onions? Aren´t they the flavor carrier? I thought I give it a shot. Hopefully my father never finds out – he…

A Fish BBQ (Low Carb)

Summer arrived which means BBQ season peaks. I´m a big fan of barbecuing not at least because it is less work than cooking, but also because of the smell. Like almost everywhere around the world (I think) also the Jordanians love to have BBQ – mostly a lot of vegetables and lamb. Every year funny…

Morocco_Atlas Mountains: Ouarica Waterfalls

Certainly, Morocco has much more to offer than the small hideaway alleys and crowed markets of Marrakech, even though so breathtaking adventurous and colorful. The white snow covered mountaintops of the High Atlas caught my attendance already when the airplane approached Casablanca runway. Watching from the plane’s window, I was losing some of my thoughts…

Morocco_Marrakech: Lost in Medina

Marrakech… another bucket list goal. I was so excited to finally visit Morocco that the last two days before vacation became an insomnia. Starting from Amman I had a stopover at airport Rome Fiumicino. Duty free shopping, slices of Italian pizza, four or five espresso and one crema later, the connection flight to Casablanca started…

Zoodles with Tomato Pesto (Low Carb)

To have perishable food leftover before leaving for vacations is a common problem. This time I had plenty of zucchinis and tomatoes so I decided to make Zoodles with a tomato pesto. Also not bad to eat something healthy before a week of delicious and often excessive vacation dinning habits. The dish turned out very…

Cured Jordanian Olives Rice Dish

Short before the rainy season the Jordanian olive harvesting time starts. Unfortunately, until today, I didn´t get the chance to be part of the procedure, but a Jordanian friend of mine told me all about it and of course, she brought me samples of cured olives to try. First time I tried them, I was…

Jordan_Down to the Jordan River

Jordan has only few rivers, but a real famous one: Jordan River.  Jordan River springs at Tiberias Lake, the ‘Sea of Galilee’, and runs along Jordan Valley into Dead Sea. The river is short but long in history. And so the story of the Baptism Site. It is right at the border between East Bank…

Hearty Egg Muffins (Low Carb)

After traditional ‘Easter egg decoration’ I asked myself; What to do with all the leftover eggs? The hearty egg muffins are a fast and easy solution – also for busy days through the year. You can eat them warm or cold for breakfast or lunch, and you can keep them in the fridge for some…

Jordan_A Muddy Day @ Dead Sea

Visiting the Dead Sea was always a dream of mine. Just 50 km from Amman, reaching the earth’s lowest elevation on land, about 400 meters under sea level. Because of the high salt content there is no sea life and also you won´t see any else action on water. So… it is quite a perfect…