Archive for the ‘Kuwait’ Category

Swine Flu and School

August 27, 2009

Oh it’s all getting a bit worrying, tho’ some asses would have you believe there’s nothing to worry about. Four deaths in a week in Kuwait and school starts soon. Are there any proper precautions in place? I doubt it. If there is a mass outbreak will they cope? Probably not. Am I sending my kids to school? NO. If you care, you won’t either.

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Kuwaiti Katayef

August 22, 2009

Well these are my absolute favourites and if anything is going to get me fat over Ramadan, it’s these- cheese filled pancakes served with a sugary syrup…………….dream on.

  

 

Inside, I usually put cream cheese, but some people put cream and others walnuts.

Or you can fry them ( hint, VERY unhealthy!)…..

Then dip them in a sugary syrup and eat while hot.

Chicken paprika

August 22, 2009

Might try this tomorrow night.

2 chicken breasts, halved
4 second joints or thighs
4 drum sticks
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. turmeric
Paprika
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. scallions, sliced
1 c. chicken broth (13 3/4 oz.)
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 c. plain yogurt

 

Remove skin from chicken parts, rinse and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and turmeric. Sprinkle generously with paprika. Heat butter in large pan until it foams. Add chicken, 1/2 at a time, and brown on both sides. Remove pieces from pan as they brown.Pour all butter from pan. Add scallions. Saute 1-2 minutes. Return chicken to pan. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer 30 minutes. Remove lid. Continue to simmer until broth is reduced by half.

Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons broth. Remove chicken from pan. Keep warm. Stir cornstarch into broth, cook stirring until thick and clear. Stir in yogurt. Serve sauce with chicken. Serve over cooked rice.

Baked figs and goats cheese

August 22, 2009

A good dish to start with?

  • Preheat the oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4. Unless the baking sheet is non stick, line it with foil, then brush the foil lightly with oil.
  • Cut the figs into quarters, from the top almost to the base, and arrange on the foil. Slice the goat’s cheese and arrange in the centre of the figs. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and tinged brown.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the dressing ingredients with some seasoning. Put a couple of good radicchio leaves on each serving plate. Remove the figs from the oven and place on the radicchio leaves. Scatter the walnuts on top. Drizzle with the dressing and serve warm or at room temperature.
  • 6 figs
  • 200g soft goat’s cheese
  • 1 head radicchio
  • 85g walnut pieces
  • FOR THE DRESSING

    • 6 tbsp olive oil
    • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

    Ramadan Kareem

    August 21, 2009

    Mubarak allaicum al shahar.

    Al qaeda plot kuwait

    August 12, 2009

    CNN and other news agencies are reporting that 6 Kuwaitis have been caught planning an attack on Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.The suspects had planned to bomb Camp Arifjan during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan- which, if true, would indicate to any Muslim among us that these people are not Muslim, or not acting like Muslims should. The plot also involved an attack on Kuwait’s State Security Service headquarters and other government facilities, according to the Kuwait News Agency, which cited a statement from the Interior Ministry.

    There is still a story circulating on CNN about a 2002 attack on Failaka where CNN name a Kuwaiti who was found innocent- perhaps 7 years later time for a retraction CNN?

    Girl of Riyadh given political asylum in UK

    July 20, 2009

    I am reading Girls of Riyadh at the moment and so this story in the Independent about a Saudi princess who has been given political asylum in the UK.

    ” A Saudi Arabian princess who had an illegitimate child with a British man has secretly been granted asylum in this country after she claimed she would face the death penalty if she were forced to return home. The young woman, who has been granted anonymity by the courts, won her claim for refugee status after telling a judge that her adulterous affair made her liable to death by stoning.  ……… The woman, who comes from a very wealthy Saudi family, says she met her English boyfriend – who is not a Muslim – during a visit to London. They struck up a relationship

    She became pregnant the following year and worried that her elderly husband – a member of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia – had become suspicious of her behaviour, she persuaded him to let her visit the UK again to give birth in secret. She feared for her life if she returned to Saudi Arabia.

    She persuaded the court that if she returned to the Gulf state she and her child would be subject to capital punishment under Sharia law – specifically flogging and stoning to death. She was also worried about the possibility of an honour killing. Since she fled Saudi Arabia, her family and her husband’s family have broken off contact with her.”

    This will not make the headlines……………wonder why?

    Privates not on parade- and whatabout hot Ahmadi?

    July 15, 2009

    Rain , snow and freezing fog in Kuwait?

    No that’s just wishful thinking on our part……………oh for a drop of water in this inferno. My very nostrils feel on fire and I have had to put vaseline up my nose to stop it burning…….what on earth did they do before AC?

    Well this morning’s Arab Times tells us the’ Ahmadi police recently raided two apartments and arrested 41 Asian women who had reportedly advertised in their mother tongue inviting men for what they called ‘temporary marriage’, reports Al-Anba daily. A security source said the advertisements placed on apartment walls said the marriage pleasure cost KD 3 for one hour. All those arrested have been referred to the concerned authorities…..’all heating up even more down KOC way then……

    Several Kuwaiti cadets have contracted swine flu in the UK- let’s hope they don’t intend to return to Kuwait to visit mama and baba…..or have they just manufactured a cough and the sniffles to miss parade?

    The lies some employers tell

    July 14, 2009

    Some employers in Kuwait seem to take great pleasure in lying to their employees and creating some kind of fear in their hearts. My ex employer (thank God ) told a young South African teacher last year that she would have to pay them 6000KD if she decided to back out of the contract she had signed for the next year. She told them in June and the new contract wasn’t valid until september 1st. So terrified was she, that she ‘did a runner’ mid June and lost her summer salary and indemnity. I know another employee in a similar position, who , ok did give a bit more notice……but she was let off the 6000KD penalty speech because, she says, she has Kuwaiti nationality.

    I just read this on the Arab Times website and felt so sorry for the poor sod. He had moved himself up a notch, got a new job in Australia and then his employer dropped the bombshell on him:

    ”I am an Indian currently working with a company for the last 16 years. I would like to leave my job, cancel my residence and go to Australia, directly from Kuwait as I have got my immigration visa. My company has informed me that since I am cancelling my residence I will have to go back to my home country only and cannot go to Australia from Kuwait. I am confused and in deep trouble as I have already booked my ticket to Australia which is not refundable and plus I have to take my personal belongings which are here in Kuwait. Please advise.”

    Of course this is complete crap and the guy can fly out of Kuwait to wherever he chooses……..but some nasty piece of work at his place of work was obviously jealous of his new move and gave him the completely wrong info.

    The Arab Times legal clinic replied :

    ”Your company is wrong and is probably ignorant of Kuwaiti laws. Kuwait authorities don’t ask where you go once you cancel your residence as long as you have a visa for that country. So just go ahead as planned and take the flight to Australia. You should have no problems.”

    Karma.

    Waterpark- maybe not

    July 13, 2009

    I was going to take my kids to the local waterpark today-it’s ladies’ day- until I read the news about the death of an English school boy,Nathan Griffiths,  in a waterpark in Pattaya Thailand. He got sucked into one of the underwater grills after diving to rescue his goggles.

    Now all the whistling and over anxiousness of the lady lifeguards at out water park don’t seem so ill placed when they see my 5 year old dive into the whirlpool and swim underwater. Maybe their concerns are justified. Maybe I should take more care. And maybe we should just go to the beach from now on.