Have you watched the movie yet? Julie & Julia? You have to. Great acting and great food.
My friend and I were hoping that we could skim through Julia Child’s book, pick a few easy recipes, and then cook a single dish every weekend. Well we were a bit too optimistic. Why? Because Julia cooks like crazy. She uses multiple pans, multiple pots, and lots of ingredients that had to be cooked separately, then added together in the most intricate way possible, and that my friends goes beyond what I’m capable of. I don’t have that kind of patience and I don’t like work for hours and end up eating the dish in 10 minutes. It’s frustrating. But anyway, we ended up doing 2 very simple and easy recipes, and hit gold with 1 of them.
Cream of Mushroom soup.
The Cream of Mushroom soup took around 2 hours, 4 pans and pots minimum, lots of shouting, many helpers.. And a great deal of patience. It tasted amazing, a bit salty, we forgot to count in the salt in the chicken stock, but that didn’t stop it from being a success. We all loved it.
The Crêpes recipe on the other hand was extremely simple, and it is just the most practical and tasty thing on the entire book in my opinion. It’s fun too, I loved flipping the Crêpes with the pan. It takes less than 10 minutes of preparation time and 2 hours in the fridge and it’s done. Smashing success.
I’ll be posting those recipes with pictures once I feel like editing all of those pictures (they’ve been in my iPhoto since mid Ramadan).
For now, why don’t you go to Julie Powell’s blog (as in the blog that started it all), and read through it.
Preacher Terry Jones who vowed to burn 200 copies of the Quran on 9/11’s 9th anniversary, had been given a bill of $100,000 to cover the cost of police security forces.
He called off the Quran burning just 2 days before the scheduled day, but that didn’t stop the enraged people from all over the world to protest and threaten his safety. The police and SWAT teams were used to protect him and his church in texas Florida. That kind of protection didn’t come for free.
The security bill could end up bankrupting Terry Jones and his church.
Funny thing I heard the last week of Ramadan, a phrase that kept me going for quite a while.
Eeh. Mokh 7areem.
I hate hearing this phrase; it doesn’t sit well with me, not just coz it is sexist, but coz it is simply untrue. I’ve been lucky to have been surrounded moslty with wise & intelligent women my whole life, so I can’t relate to that phrase and it just annoys me.
But you know what? This little phrase, after sinking in, it kind of unfolded into something revealing of that person’s backgrounds. I mean an idea has to be influence by something to form. So if you say that women are stupid, out loud, you’re basically telling us that you haven’t been as fortunate as the rest of us, you’re saying that the women in your home and your family are stupid women..
That is where the little sexist and conceited ideas stems from. Home.
On our way to the chalet on the Eid holiday we passed by Lulu Hyper Market. Lulu’s known for it’s low prices and offers. We usually get our stuff from Co ops and sometimes for Sultan Center (if we’re looking for special stuff), but since the Eid’s holiday is going to be a long one, and we would require need lotsa stuff, We decided that Lulu would be the best place to shop at for it’s low prices (o yokhob).
Aswaq AlQurain isn’t hard to find, you’ll see it on your right if you’re heading south on King Fahad’s highway, it’ll be right across the highway from AlQurain. The building is huge, with many gates and it’s not dedicated entirely to Lulu’s as I spotted one Costa Cafe in there and many small shops that are either opening soon or have recently opened.
The supermarket itself is very big, 3 floors, and we found everything we were looking for, well except for Sara Lee’s Turkey and KDCow’s Milk, but other than that it was nice to shop there.
We filled 4 carts for KD151. You see? It’s a bit cheaper than Co ops, and ofcourse much cheaper than Sultan Center, but ofcourse you won’t find gourmet stuff in there.
You know what was surprising? Their service. Their Service was top notch.
I feel like I was left outta the loop. This Caramel Log thing is, apparently, a favortie among Kuwaitis (?) How come I didn’t hear about it until like 5 minutes ago? It looks old, tastes old, and has a nice after taste. It crunches like a lion bar and tastes like Bounty.
My collegue says it is best when accompanied with Sunkist.. huh.. gotta try that now.
I’m looking for a great pair of noise cancelling headphones, and I’ve read many reviews so far, a lot actually, and all of the reviews recommended the Bose Quiet Comfort 15 over any other headphone when it came to Noise Cancelling. You’d think that would make the deciding process a bit easier, but it didn’t. The Bose QC15 while best at noise cancelling they’re not the best in audio quality.
I went down to XCite and found both the QC15 and Beats by Dr Dre headphones there (Yeah the Beats headphones are in consideration as well, simply coz they’re best when it comes to looks). The employee at Xcite was amazing, he let me try every headphone with an iPod and let me take my time to compare between headphones. I’m almost certain now that the QC15 is what I want the most, coz the noise cancelling is out of this world. One reviewer said it best: “it almost feels as if you’re at the bottom of a pool, almost completely shut off from the sounds above.” –Review. And when I tried it, I was convinced that the review didn’t overstate it’s noise cancelling ability one bit.. I was completely shut out from my surroundings and I couldn’t hear anything but my inhales and exhales.
I don’t know why the sound quality is bothering me though. I haven’t sensed the shortcoming myself, actually I thought they were excellent, but the reviews aren’t agreeing with me.. Other than that, I think they’re perfect.
I’m sure some of you aren’t new to this dish, but I gotta say this is by far the best dish at P F Changs! Love at first Bite. It’s creamy, crabby and crispy all at once. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
The next time you’re there you’ve gotta try it, it’s called Crab Wonton, and it tastes much better than it sounds.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if money grew on trees? Well this video gave a glimpse of what would happen. Watching all the passerby’s reactions and the soundtrack somehow set me in very good mood. I loved this experiment!
“Some things just can’t be explained .. There is good all around us”
I just learned that he’s got one. It’s decent, lots of information in his biography section.. Did you know that Darb Alzalag was the first colored tv production in the gulf? I just did! and that he has many plays (masra7iyat) from the early 60’s that weren’t recorded? How about how he go discovered as a potential comedian by Zaki Tulaimat totally by accident?
I think it’s a great source of information about this great actor. Check it out
We were at P.F. Chang’s the other day and the nice manager over there told us they’ll be opening a new branch in Kuwait soon. It’ll be located right next to the Corniche Club, in the ‘red building’. She told us that the new branch is a big one, 2 levels, and according to her it’ll look amazing.
The Kuwaiti notes from dinars to twenties, enclosed and presented like checks for Eid elfitir (Real Cash). It would’ve been a hit in my opinion if it wasn’t for the Central Bank of Kuwait rejecting the idea. However I was told that even if this was made available, it would’ve been available to select clients in KFH, VIPs Altamayoz’s clients and such.. I was also told that quite a few people got their hands on these checks/3ayady before they were rejected by the Central Bank.
I just placed my first ever order with Taw9eel, and I’m gonna try OGO water for the first time ever, too. I know it most probably would taste like tap water, but I coulnd’t help it, I was lured in by the image on Taw9eel.com’s pages. I also got 9 Perrier.
Russell Stuart, 51, was woken when he heard his Peugeot car being revved up on his driveway in the early hours. Mr Stuart ran outside, opened the passenger door and sat beside the thief – not realising he had forgotten to get dressed.
“I said to him, ‘all right mate, where are we going then?‘ And he jumped out of the car and legged it. I don’t know what the guy must have thought when a large naked bloke got into the car next to him, but when your car is being stolen you don’t think about it, you just react.” As soon as the thief saw Stuart, he flung the door open and made a run for it.
Mr Stuart drove around the town looking for the thief but, still naked, gave up after a while in case he got pulled over for indecent exposure.
UEFA banned the vuvuzela from all stadiums hosting UEFA matches. Reason being, aside from the annoying noise it creates, is that the vuvuzela is deeply associated with the South African’s football culture and it’s association with the last world cup would make it’s appearance in europe ‘inappriopriate’.
Great decision. I mean having to sit through game after game with friends is torture, but having to sit through that horrid noise throughout every match is a tad too much.