Posts Tagged ‘family’

Shrimp Curry

August 29, 2009

I made this last night for fetoor. Put a drop of oil in the pot, add turmeric, cumin, red chilli pepper, salt, a stock cube and some tomato paste. Then add your peeled and veined shrimp ( which you will have soaked in lemon juice for an hour ). Add water and loomi ( hard ‘black lemon’ ) and about three peeled and halved or quartered potatoes . Bring to the boil and then simmer.

Meanwhile prepare your Basmati rice with turmeric and onion.

On the side I served yogurt mixed with fresh coriander and garlic + a pinch of salt, all mixed in the blender.

Try it.

7 ways to beat swine flu this summer

August 23, 2009

1. Stay home and create an indoor spa with splashy background water music, a wind machine and a bright light.

2. Stay home and read a book.

3. Don’t eat pork (ok only joking).

4. Homeschool.

5. Order food online.

6. Turn down all party invitations.

7. Suicide.

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.

Rice Pudding

August 21, 2009
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 15 dates, pitted and chopped
  • Place the rice into a food processor or blender, and process until coarse, but not pureed. Transfer to a saucepan, and stir in the milk, sugar and dates. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the dates are tender, about 20 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

    I am going to make that right now!

    Lemon chicken with figs

    August 21, 2009

    Chicken thighs roasted with figs and lemon slices in a lemon, vinegar and brown sugar glaze.

     chicken thighs to feed how many
    2 lemons, 1 sliced, 1 halved
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup white vinegar
    1/4 cup water
    1 1/2 pounds dried figs
    salt to taste
    1 teaspoon dried parsley
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

    Preheat the chicken thighs in oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    Squeeze juices from halved lemon into a small bowl, then stir in brown sugar, vinegar and water; set aside.
    Place figs and sliced lemon segments in the bottom of an 11×16 inch baking/roasting dish. Arrange chicken thighs on top, then pour vinegar mixture over chicken. Finally, sprinkle with salt and dried parsley to taste.
    Bake/roast at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 50 minutes, basting frequently (turn figs if they begin to brown).
    With a slotted spoon, remove chicken, figs and lemon slices from baking dish and place on a warm platter. Skim fat from juices, then pour over chicken as sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve

    Ramadan Recipe with a twist

    August 6, 2009

    This is my take on the Kuwaiti dish ‘bechamel’.

    I cook my macaroni with a stock cube. Meanwhile I chop up a burger and fry it with some onion and garlic.Then I add some tomato paste, a drop of water, salt and pepper, garam masala and chili pepper. At the same time I am making my white sauce ( melted butter, salt and pepper and another stock cube, add flour and then milk and stir wildly!). Put the meat mixture in the blender a little and then put a layer of meat and then a layer of white sauce on the bottom of the cooking dish. Mix all the other ingredients together( macaroni, white sauce and meat mixture). Put in the cooking dish. Now comes my added twist. I sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top and put it in the oven until the top becomes crispy.

    East meets West in  ”Bechamel Macaroni Cheese”. We loved it.

    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?

    Out of the mouths of babes

    July 18, 2009

    Watching  a movie with my five year old and black rocks start falling from sky,

    ”What’s that mama?”

    ”That’s a meteorite.”

    ”Ah what mama? Me and you are right?”

    ” Yes, that’s it……….”

    A rose in the blue

    July 15, 2009

    Richard Cass buried a red rose in the Blue mountaiuns, a rose for his son, the son he believed he would never see again. 12 days ago Jamie Neale went for a walk that turned into a walkabout. Missing for akmost 2 weeks in the harsh Australian wilderness, rescuers and family had almost given up.

    The 19-year-old had last been seen leaving a youth hostel in Katoomba, New South Wales, early on Friday July 3 to go for a trek in the rugged region.

    When he failed to return, a search operation was launched – a check of his room revealed he had left his passport and mobile phone behind. Not a good idea when you are trekking off into the wild. In a dramatic development, the teenager was finally located by other hikers in the Blue Mountains, who alerted police.

    Without food, Jamie survived on seeds, grass and a kind of lettuce and slept under a log during his ordeal.

    Swine flu death update-doctor fails to diagnose

    July 13, 2009

    SKY NEWS:

    ”A “perfectly healthy” six-year-old girl died of swine flu within hours of being taken to hospital after complaining of a sore throat, it has emerged.

    Chloe Buckley, from north west London, died on Thursday a day after her GP wrongly diagnosed her illness.

    Sky reporter Victoria Gatenby said: “Chloe’s parents took her to their GP on Wednesday with a sore throat.

    “The GP diagnosed her with tonsillitis, sending her home without Tamiflu, which is the drug that combats swine flu.”

    The youngster’s condition quickly deteriorated and she was taken to the accident and emergency unit at Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge.

    On Thursday she was transferred to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, but despite doctors’ efforts she died.

    Chris Spencer, director of education and children’s services for Hillingdon Council, said: “This is a little girl who until a few days ago in all our minds was a child that was perfectly healthy so everybody here is in a deep state of shock.””

    Absolutely terrifying thought that doctors are MISDIAGNOSING this!!!!!!