Why Saffron Pudding?
Twelve years ago I flew with my husband across the seas to the other side of the world. A sixteen year old teenage girl, so naive and so unexperienced. I immediately got hit by a cultural shock. Everything seemed so different and I wasn't sure what I thought of it or where do I stand on that whole different lifestyle. From that day on it was a search for identity. What it means to be a Muslim, an Arab, a Kuwaiti ? Why do we live the way we do? Why do they do this and we don't?
Coming from the younger generation ( or generation y as some categorize us), I feel like we got de-attached from our culture , our traditions and also from our religion, in most areas of life, and food is one of them. We're more likely to make cookies and brownies for dessert than it is to make a traditional Kuwaiti Gors Okaily ( a traditional tea time cake). We grew up eating burgers and fries, and lasagna for dinner more often than having a simple chicken Marag (stew) or Mach'boos.
For me Saffron Pudding is a way to rediscover my roots, my history and my Kuwaiti Middle Eastern traditions. To lean and cook the dishes that make our cuisine unique and beautiful. And along the way introduce that to the whole world.
Tell me more about yourself...
In 2003 I got married at the age of 16 and flew with my husband to the U.S where he was to get his master. This was a huge event in my life. In the next two years I learned English, got my TOEFL, got my high school diploma, had my fist child, had a scholarship from Kuwait and got accepted at Penn State!
In 2005 I started my first college year at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA majoring in MiS. By the time I finished my university, my husband got another scholarship to pursue Ph.D in Industrial engineering and we stayed in the U.S until 2012 when he finished and finally returned back to Kuwait.
So from 2009 to 2012 I was a a stay at home mom, with Mariam attending school and a new baby daughter, and I wanted to do something with my free time. I took an online photography course because I loved taking pictures since I was a little girl. I found myself frequently taking pictures of the food that I make and sharing those pictures with friends on Facebook along with the recipes so I figured I'd start a food blog. It wasn't named Saffron Pudding in the beginning but I changed the name after a year or two.
What is saffron pudding? Do you have a recipe for it?
Saffron pudding (shula zard) is an Iranin sweet that is often prepared and passed around in ceremonies and commemoration.I chose saffron pudding as a name because I felt it was catchy enough, and will immediately set the tone and the expectations from the blog as a Middle Eastern food blog.
I don't have a recipe for it yet. Click here to see the recipe for Shulla Zard
What is your food philosophy? what is your approach to food?
I follow Shia' Muslim food rules, which means no pork, no wine, and no seafood other than fish that have scales and shrimps. Other than that I believe in eating unprocessed, natural raw food and I try to eat this way as best as I can (but still fail sometimes!)
Why don't you show your face?
Although I don’t cover my face in real life, I do cover my whole body and my head and I do wear abaya. I come from a conservative family and posting pictures of women is still considered inappropriate in my culture and I want to respect that. Hopefully we'll meet someday and you'll be able to see my face :)
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