A simple, frugal, hearty, satisfying, nourishing and comforting Iraqi soup. It fills me with nostalgia not only because its as popular as lentil soup in Iraq, but because there’s something familiar about it’s creaminess and my mother’s addition of a luscious green leaf that makes it all the perfect comfy bowl to behold on cold day. It is more popular in southern Iraq (as far as I know), as I’ve seen some families cook it almost every day.
I kid you not when I say I prepare this salad, every single day, seven days a week, 365 days a year! Well.. apart from the days when we eat out I suppose. I call it Mr A’s salad, because this is what my husband likes with his every meal. Is it worth posting? Probably not, but since I prepare it for him all the time, you might as well know about it. I’m on auto-pilot mode when I’m chopping the vegetables, and I’ll happily do it for him, for as long as he’ll make me his signature omelette. Continue reading →
Whenever we are driving along small A/B roads in the UK, going past the green hills and ancient stone walls, I picture myself sitting under a giant tree transformed back to one of my favourite childhood scenes from Peter Rabbit illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The curious side of me always wants to step over the fence and run into those hills to discover what its really like to be on the other side. Mr A and I had been on a holiday to North Yorkshire recently, admiring the breathtaking landscape the Yorkshire Dales had to offer. There, I got to experience this amazing feeling of climbing over the walls, scaring away a few wild sheep and finally descending into a hidden cave – the excitement I encountered that day was truly priceless! Continue reading →
The first rye bread I tasted was those square sliced ones you see in a vacuum packed bag with an astonishing expiry date of another whole year. The funny thing is that as I went through the list of ingredients I couldn’t really see anything peculiar, all sounded normal and non-artificial with no non-pronounceable preservatives. Maybe it was just the vacuum packing? Although I finished the pack in the end, I didn’t particularly enjoy eating it and didn’t fancy trying rye bread again. Continue reading →
It’s been a few busy weeks and yet still more to come! Do I just have to stop staying “I’m busy”, as this always seems to be the case? I know.. from now on I’ll only mention it if it’s been fairly quiet, how about that? Whichever the case, “Determination, perseverance and patience”, I always tell myself. Continue reading →