Saturday, December 19, 2015

Tabdoon Bread : Beyond Criticisms

Here's a list of the things my husband would say when I make something that is not strictly breakfast, lunch or dinner :

why did you make this?, who would eat that?, this is way too much,  it would have been wiser if you spent that time giving me a message!

My husband is a really nice guy. He is loving, caring and has the warmest heart I've ever seen. He is also very critical and sometimes too sarcastic. ( I think that's his way of protecting his tender heart so  people don't take advantage of him..but that's just my theory).

Friday, October 16, 2015

Introducing : Mom In Kuwait

You may have noticed in the past month or so the new tap on the top ( Mom In Kuwait) and several of you have actually visited the blog. Well, I just got the final logo for the blog so let's give it a proper introduction.
 It has crossed my mind several times in the past few years to start a new "everyday" blog but I thought that maintaining two blogs would be tedious and I tried to have "everyday" posts on Instagram but I think I am more comfortable with the blog format. So finally over the summer I took the step and started the blog Mom In Kuwait and I have been posting kind of regularly since then.

Over there I share recipes other than Middle Eastern ones along with monthly favorites, product reviews, existing finds in Kuwait and other random stuff. The blog is primarily in Arabic but I will include an English translation if I find a post particularly interesting for expats living in Kuwait. So, if any of the above topics is of interest to you then you're most welcome to visit. And give me your feedback if you do. I'll be happy to read your comments and see what you think of it.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Iranian Barley Soup ( soup-e-gaw) : Settling In شوربة الشعير الإيرانية (سوب جو)

This fall marks our third year moving back to Kuwait after living in the States for almost ten years.

It wasn't an easy move; for we knew that the peaceful, quiet, easy, uninterrupted life that we led for ten years is no longer.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Spicy Potatoes بطاطا حاره : A quick dinner/ supper fix

I always get confused when referring to lunch and dinner. Here in the middle east we have a slightly different meal configuration. We have breakfast around 8-10 a.m,  then we eat lunch around 2 o'clock. But it's actually the biggest meal of the day, much like dinner in the U.S.

 We have afternoon tea and snack and then we eat dinner around 8-10 p.m which is more like a lunch meal in the U.S.  So I  always get hesitant to call our lunch "lunch" because people will get the idea of a quick light meal when it's actually more like "dinner". And sometimes I want to call our dinner "dinner" but I am afraid  people well think it's a heavy fulfilling meal when it's more like lunch.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mint Limemade ليمون بالنعناع : Laymoon bel na'naa : The perfect summer drink

It's officially summer here in Kuwait...or the early stage of it as it will become progressively hotter from now on..Although  we have been enjoying  a quiet unusual cloudy and rainy weather in the past few days.

I know..., it's the beginning  of May it's spring for the rest of the world, but no..not here. In Kuwait it's the beginning of a dreadful, loong,  harsh summer.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Almond dates chocolate truffles : Keeping it real !

" A new [blog post] is up " Can you guess the amount of time and work that goes behind writing this little sentence in social media platforms like Facebook ?

For me it's A LOT ! That's why I am constantly amazed by how often other bloggers put up new posts every week or maybe even everyday. Maybe I haven't found a rhythm yet, but a new post for me starts with something like that: I get a sparkling idea in my head that I think will make a good contribution to the blog.

I write it down, marking a day on my calendar that I will make/ test this recipe. Then I'll make it and when I am fortunate with a good tasting food then I will then  plan the photo shoot, which is a whole different story. I'll have to think about the props, the surface, the lighting, the mood...etc, And it doesn't help that my allocated  space for shooting is all the way on the other side of the house away from the kitchen and I only have a few hours of the day where the lighting in that space is just perfect!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Middle Eastern meat balls with eggplants and cilantro sauce : Welcoming the new year

I love being a housewife, I really do. I think I always had this in my mind when I was growing up. I wanted to have a life similar to the one my mom had. I always secretly wanted to go to the U.S like she did when she accompanied my father as he was getting his bachelor 29 years ago. I wanted to have the opportunity to learn English and get exposed to the western wold like she did. I wanted to have a family, kids, a nice home and a nice kitchen.

I realised that I wanted to be a housewife and not a working mother more than ever as I attended college 10 years ago. It was very hard to go to classes, project meetings, doing homework and writing reports and then come back home to attend to a husband and a baby girl, do the dishes, do laundry and clean up the house. And it didn't help that I am an introvert person. I needed my time alone to recharge after a long day at college which unfortunately I couldn't do.