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  1. 3 points
    I will be trying to come in and out more when I can —- lots been happening at my side and I agree like you I prefer here as I don’t have Facebook too. How are you??? Hope life is treating you kindly. I have had my thyroids removed last year so it’s been a year of recovering and a year of discovering how to manage it as sometimes when you have other treatment or others meds, it can affect ( at times) the effectiveness of your thyroid treatment too- but not doing so bad - al hamdulilah. Also have mashallah three new baby grandkids to our family - few weeks between each other; so either carrying one or the other or two even at times lol The latest recent event was last week, been trying to sort out my weak teeth so took the plunge finally ( couldn’t do it till my endocrinologist gave me the go ahead; finally did full upper jaw Implants last week; had 16-18 stitches ( to be removed in couple of days * arrghhh* ) lets just say it was definitely an experience- just as well it was done all at once ( not single ones) otherwise I probably wouldn’t have done the next one lool, I wanted to run away half through it but prayed many prayers and put my trust in God. Had facial swelling, soreness and bruising- normal effects after such surgery, still recovering. Have temps in and permanent to be in few months time when bone has healed. Will see how it goes! well have to watch grandson for a while so see you soon ladies- hope you are all enjoying the wet weather these days - better than dust and allergies anyway, bye for now They want to do lower jaw now .... hmmmmm.....
  2. 2 points
    I left Abu Dhabi last summer for good after 7.5 years. When we arrived in January 2011 ADW was the place to be. There wasn't a thing that you could not find out on here. It was sad to see the decline when everything moved on to FB as we had lots of fun discussions on this site and I liked the anonymity. Over the last few years I've probably only logged on a couple of times a year and hoped some of the oldies had left a message, but DD is the only one faithfully posting. Anyway, hope you're all doing well whether still in AD or not.
  3. 2 points
    Ingredients Yoghurt Bread Dough 250 g (9 oz) minced lamb, not too lean 1 tomato, seeded and finely diced 1 small purple onion, finely diced 1⁄3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely shredded 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 red bullet chill, seeded and finely diced 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses Salt and pepper Preparation Don’t buy lamb mince from the supermarket for this recipe as it’s far too fatty. You don’t want the lamb to be too lean, however. Ask the butcher for leg lamb with some fat, but no sinews. Prepare the dough. Preheat the oven to its highest temperature. To prepare the filling, place the mince on a large chopping board and put all the other ingredients, except for the salt and pepper, on top. Use a large knife to chop and mix everything together until well combined. It should be the consistency of a fine paste. Season with salt and pepper. Roll dough out into rounds of 10 cm (4 in) in diameter and brush with olive oil. Smear the mix thinly over the rounds and bake for 3 minutes. Created by Greg Malouf Recipe from Saha by Greg and Lucy Malouf, with photographs by Matt Harvey. Published by Hardie Grant Books.Check out my blog for more recipes
  4. 1 point
    DesertDream

    Ramadhan 17th Already!!

    It is already 17th Ramadhan and in all honesty, mashallah it is going fast...I think even faster than last year. Then again, This Ramadhan has been more busier than normal, with having to fix water issues around the home, electricity then went crazy owing to someone in family, hoping by some miracle the broken boiler would suddenly work.. of course the boiler had tripped off the electricity causing all fridges, Tv and the wireless cable box to switch off.. then the young lady kept opening and opening again and again.. until we were like helloooooo, stuff is actually getting damaged around here and thus without internet connection etc. Well seems to be okay now, but at a cost of course! And, if that wasn't enough, I had just finishing paying for fixing pipes and the like around the house. The good thing about all this though, is over the years I have gained the experience in getting things done.. at least I don't stare waiting for it to get done lool. Everyone has also had coughs and colds... maybe allergy or something ( mine was anyway) some maybe not....Hubby's has the sneezes now too... when any of the boys ( since they have to go to work) see anyone sneezing.. they cover their faces... grandkids think this is so funny and have a good laugh. When they have a cold, they would chase after one of their uncles who would cover their faces and run away from them lol. Fasting has been in God Great Grace, and Al handulilah, quite good.. its almost 6 pm and just now really to feel thirst... only because now I have had time to sit and moan about it lool. When you busy... time flies but one major thing is to avoid going out as much as possible during Ramadhan...that way, you won't feel as thirsty. Neighbours have sent Harees, little sandwiches, rice dishes etc etc.. today I made yummmm… grilled fiish which is put on a bed of herbs and lemons and just teaching my maid a couple of important recipes as when I am out, she will have to make them--however, found my self having to make emergency corrections when I get back from an appointment . I made the daily al lugainmat, shurba, and little meatball bbq sandwiches, and beef pasties which my family demand if they have just missed it for one day... well... have to buy the meat of course on one of those days ! My daughter in law mother from Sharjah and who I have known for many many years, sent us really beautiful tasty hares Mashallah, and anyone will tell you the Samon ( slightly spice butter [turned into a ghee] is made to perfection there mashallah. At fatoor one time we were discussing food etc ( of course last couple of minutes before the Azan ) and my hubby brought up the subject of Charmi ( a kind of delicious curd ), which I now craved lol. Also, the daily ' Al Shara' show on Emirates around 11 pm, brought it up again as the local woman on the show was about to make it Mashallah! I haven't been able to watch Tv or even follow anything this year as either too busy or when I do sit, I fall asleep. I have caught glimpses of some good shows though that I would like to watch but if I did, I usually pick one and that is it. Last night at Suhoor my young grandson made an appearance for suhoor...asking for rice Krispies-he is too young to fast but it is all about getting use to the Ramadhan Environment and to experience waking up for suhoor… it is fun and exciting for kids at this age, as they get to be awake at unusual times. So, he called out to me all proud Mashallah :). My granddaughter fell asleep... she will probably take it out on her dad today ! Well have to get going now, to prepare the table...everyone will probably mashallah go out after Taraweeh prayers, quite frankly... don't mind staying home!! People Mashallah are already buying new clothes and shoes for Eid, I managed to get some beautiful textile pieces but had not time to get them done... and not one for going out to kharaat and the mall for long period of times..wondering how people can spend hours at the malls hmm... I get what I want and out lol! Guess I would be boring! well everyone, take good care....bye for now.
  5. 1 point
    DesertDream

    10th Ramadhan 2019

    everyone, sorry I have missed out a few days of postings on Ramadhan, but couldn't be helped- we have been having electrical issues in the house ( and still do) but in brief, it caused damage to our router and thus, it took a while to fix a few other issues and then we fixed the router. All I have been doing besides all the other work, is fixing, fixing fixing... and it is still ongoing. At first we weren't getting water from main pipes into the house ( in Ramadhan) water supply is very slow and we have to carry buckets of water upstairs from outside water tank which has different line. The bottom tank has to fill before water reaches tanks upstairs.. but it wasn't filling quick enough. Anyway, after this, we had a broken outside pipe so that was fixed. Next day after that, the floating ball ( whatever its called..know the name but can't remember it right now!) and a pipe for the kitchen outside suddenly were broken... Now we are half way fixing that, the rest of work has to be done today. We called Etisalat, and they were very prompt with advice and sent someone over, so they were a great big help in getting our router fixed -my sons agreed with me and we all send out a big thank you to them!! The issue of electric box tripping off every time in regards to one unit of the house is annoying and we have yet to find out exact cause. I think I may already have an idea but not sure yet so will see how things go today , that was my full week and as always alhamdulilah as there are blessings in everything. The fasting days are indeed mashallah going very fast! We are already one third through Ramadhan, and al hamdulilah, apart from slight thirst, it has been good. This is where some of the blessings come in with some unexpected things cropping up-they keep you soooo busy you don;t have time to think about food or anything and when you do finally sit down, you want to nap! Some of the dishes I have made to date for Ramadhan, have been lamb stew, various kinds of shurba ( such as lentil, chicken broth, cream of broccoli, cream of chicken , and vegetable soups). machbous, chicken biriyani, macaroni dishes, fatoush salad, and grilled fish-which was succulent and delicious. For suhoor yesterday, we had light soup, toast, cereals for anyone who wanted, white with yogurt or laban and tea. Everyone seems sleepy yesterday even me.. I found it difficult to get out of bed but al hamdulilah, all routine now. Once you get into the first days of Ramadhan over the years, you automatically adjust to it. Sometimes when my granddaughter wakes up for suhoor ( she still practicing) , We would pour for her cereal in a bowl, then she would get up to take fresh milk from nearby fridge.. place it on table and stare blank into it lol still half asleep.. her father laughed when I told him I am sure she is waiting for it to pour itself into the bowl lol Yesterday, we made chicken stew, and today inshallah it will be lamb stew with lentils served with white rice and salad.I am also making a tomato based macaroni dish to send to some friends who sent us food yesterday. In Ramadhan I have to change timings to go out, so best time is morning after I have finished work around the house and have made the dough ( ready for lugaimat later). I like to go and see whats going on , whats new in regards to products etc for Ramadhan. My shopping trip usually is to get perishables like bread, fresh milk etc.. which are used daily. For newcomers to the UAE, please know that shopping times changes. Don't go out to shop before 10 am and malls are usually open until 1 am and some places are open until 3 am even grocery shops. Some places like Medinat Zayed souq close from 1 pm until 5 pm. Just try to check out the new times on any shop/store/or mall entrance window. It is normal for people to go out after taraweeh prayers, and go whereever they plan to go- I won't though unless its important but rarely do I like to go out at night even after Maghrib unless invited. I really don't like all the busy roads. They are getting more and more congested each year. Something extra: I Have learnt to categorize the types of road drivers over the years and this is how I describe them, here's a few anyway: The zig-zaggers: You may have seen these, these are the drivers that suddenly wave in front of you and you realize the car has zigged zagged around you like all the other cars in-front of you, weaving from one lane to another, side to side.. trying to get through traffic faster. The Road Wipers: These really terrify me..when a driver plans to make a right exit ( obviously he/she should know where they are going ) plan ahead to go on that road that leads to the specific exit in a normal sensible manner.... but ohhh nooooo,, driver goes on the fast lane ( opposite side of the road) and take the greatest risk imaginable, risking other drivers lives, and cuts right across the road horizontally ( like someone wiping a table) . to just barely make the exit!! Now, these drivers, should have their licenses removed from them to be honest! If they think it is easy to put people lives at risk, then they really don't need their licenses. The Twins: These are two cars that decide the road is a best place to have a chat.. so open their car windows, chat while driving side by side! These driver should stay home. The Attention Seekers: These are those drivers, who have music full blast for all to hear when they pass by or when stopped at the red signal lights. He/she has probably deafened him/herself by now .... they can't hear the terrible racket they are really making. Cure for this, hmm.. have their radios removed. The multi-taskers: These are the drivers that 'drive', read, text, speak on their mobiles, (maybe even put their feet up) some even put make up on and carry babies..... hellooooo, Make calls at home. Dont go out if you won't be able to concentrate on safety issues of driving. Make up.. really? Stop the car somewhere and put make up if you have too, or alter your routine. If a passenger that is ok- but if driving, it is not worth the risk, truly. (solution? Remove the make up bag?? hehe) Making calls, avoid taking calls while driving or at least use headset... either way it can be a bad distraction. That vital moment of concentration on road is always needed. Buckle up always even if going to the nearby shop. Sorry if any typos!!
  6. 1 point
    DesertDream

    Ramadhan 2019 has Begun..

    everyone, 1st & 2nd Days of Ramadhan… Well, we are on our third day of fast already..so time seems to be flying as usual...before I go on about our fast etc..and while on the subject of time - I just was into this reading of a fascination article somewhere on the web .. I remember reading about same subject some years ago and just happen to come across the same subject again ( you know when you are searching for one thing on the web and you just get diverted by the many other interesting stuff you come across... well , that how I came across this article again [completely forgetting what I was looking for] and read and read and read... Our life time is so short compare to ancient days gone by people use to live for hundreds of years and were far, far taller, way far intelligent, and stronger than any human today... really something for thought.. The expected life span is far much shorter today, thus the saying 'life is short' is very true indeed. So 'so make the best of time before time takes you' is another thought of which to heed. Back to Ramadhan.... The first suhoor alhamdulilah , I managed to wake everyone - the rest with babies had to depend on themselves to wake and come for suhoor.. I just texted them as I didn't want to wake up the babies. Very light suhoor of cereal, and rice with yogurt for those who wanted or just toast.. which is enough for me. I managed to somewhat sort out a medicine schedule.. have to see how it goes, but half way through I make get my calcium checked just to be on the safe side. For the 1st of Ramadhan suhoor , a variety of sambosas from batches I had made and frozen, and vegetable drinking soup... main was lamb stew and salad. I also made the traditional local lugaimat- we have this everyday. I make the ajeen in the morning and in late afternoon I cook them. My daughter in laws were making something to send out to friends...I stayed in outside kitchen to finish main cooking etc.. My young granddaughter later came upstairs and said she wanted to get up for suhoor but her parents didn't wake up.. she comes upstairs to get advise and ..even tells me to scold her parents sometimes hehe) which I do just for the fun of it! It gives the kids a laugh seeing parents can get told off too still lol. So, I told her to sleep alittle in the afternoon or say inshallah, so she will be awake for suhoor. The 2nd Day: I did my usual going around to wake everyone up for suhoor, it takes mashallah a couple of times to get hubby out of bed... as either he will go back to sleep or stare at the ceiling until ..he goes back to sleep lol. Make me go in and out like a yoyo. Everyone starts to gather and I ask my son about my granddaughter if she managed to keep awake as I didn't see her coming with him... he said ' Yes, she's coming' and I could see she was dragging herself up the stairs slowly lol... she said she kept awake as she knew she might miss the suhoor.. poor girl.. but she was happy, so she had a nice suhoor with us and tried to fast a few hours a day practice, she always sits next to me if the seat is empty. We had Chicken biriyani for our main, with a yogurt salad and arugula salad leaf dish. Plus this carousal (large dish with different bowls that turns) of sambosas and sausage rolls. First day, I was thirsty by afternoon as most of family were, yesterday was ok as time went fast. Well that's news of our first couple of days..... enjoy Ramadhan and have a blessed month!
  7. 1 point
    Well ladies, Ramadhan is almost at our doors and as always we welcome this very significant time with God's Great Grace, Inshallah, with open arms and a open heart. I have been preparing for a few weeks now, as I make my own sambosas and freeze them every year, they are all done.. been adding new soft furnishings like table clothes etc, simple lanterns and crescent lamps, and the like.. this make the kids and family look forward to the event with a warm heart. I always buy my stock a little before time and some like these days as the Ramadhan stock of foods come out in the stores.. but by this time decor and non food items become expensive. But food is pretty much friendly priced indeed thanks to all involved in making sure this happens. I have cleaned all my carpets, did lot of 'spring cleaning' trimmed all the plants etc. adding new stuff here and there, today just finished cleaning and rearranging freezers. So I can see where everything is to grab and start cooking. In between all that helping out with babies when I can, made a doll house out of bug box for granddaughter... lol she dragged it off to her room! Amazing what a simple box can do compare to buying the expensive stuff which gets left! I have a project corner in my room ( really needs a small office) , and all my grandkids will come here straight away to find stuff - they will say to their parents " Ummi has everything in her room-' it is great for their parents as they don't fancy going out at 11 pm at night when their kid suddenly wakes up and remembers they need such and such for a project next day--when will the younger parents understand that the older ones have been there before lol Hubby will be sending stuff from the farm later so lots of work of distributing and putting into fridge etc. later ( weekly thing). I have the mijlises to do now, last on the list and then maybe done * i think * Well, ladies, will let you know when ramadhan starts, also will add my Journals in the Ramadhan Chronicles . Newcomers: Watch the Ramadhan Shopping going on, its a festival in itself.. all over the UAE you will see people rushing and buying for Ramadhan...it is all part of a wonderful experience. Please Share your experiences with us , your observations, etc. about the shopping atmosphere these days.. I am sure we would all love to hear your stories too.
  8. 1 point
    smartlady

    carpet cleaning

    Hello, Does anyone have a recomandation for a good carpet cleaning company in AD, which provides good cleaning and rinse? Thank you!
  9. 1 point
    Hi there!!! I thought I'd pop in and see how you guys are all travelling too. I've been back in Oz for 3.5 years now, after having lived in the Middle East for 10 years. It feels good to be home, and I love it. That isn't to say though that I don't occasionally miss Abu Dhabi or the people I met there. Hope everybody is happy, healthy and living their dream.
  10. 1 point
    Hey Mum80 - nice to hear from you again. I've been a member since 2007 and pop in regularly :)
  11. 1 point
    Assa

    Ladies Swimming Pool - Nr Al Rahba

    hi, even many years after i answer for other people finding this topic and wanting to know, there are 2 free swimming pool in shalila. The two of shalila are still open.if you go on you ll find it easily. It opens from 1 pm to 17h30. It s clean. its free, only for women, you have an access to the beach and swimming pool staff there is good, theres someone who is watching for children, swimming pool is not so big, water cold in winter, if you go the day they clean the swimming pool its ok, but if you go many day after the swimming pool is not clean, no bleach or chimical in water, people are used to eat all over the swimming pool, thats the only negative point with cold water, and no games around the swimming pool. i like to go there but not when there s too mych people.
  12. 1 point
    For more details, visit http://www.abudhabistriders.com/half-marathon--10k.html Check it out
  13. 1 point
    chuzzle

    Amnesty & E-Channel

    I was wondering how long does it take for an investors visa to be processed through e-channel when using amnesty? Normally it says it takes 10 mnutes but how much when using amnesty?
  14. 1 point
    Ebaidoon

    Turkish meatballs recipe

    Serves 4 15 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook 593 calories / serving Freezable If you're looking for a satisfyingly hearty dish this winter, tuck into a bowl of meatballs in a lightly-spiced broth. Adding a swirl of houmous, pine nuts and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds adds even more incredible flavour to an already flavour rich dish. Ingredients 2 slices white bread 150ml milk 500g minced lamb 1 tsp ground allspice ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 garlic clove, crushed 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp very finely chopped shallots 1 tbsp very finely chopped red onion 1 tbsp plain flour 300ml chicken stock To serve200g houmous 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted handful chopped fresh dill handful chopped mint leaves handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped ½ tsp sumac (optional) 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds (optional) couscous, cooked to pack instructions (optional) Method 1. In a shallow bowl, soak the bread in the milk. Put the lamb, spices and garlic in a food processor, add the soaked bread and pulse a couple of times to combine. Roll the lamb mixture into 24 meatballs of equal size and set aside on a plate. 2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and brown half the meatballs all over. Repeat with another 1 tbsp oil and the remaining meatballs. 3. Once browned, set the meatballs aside on a plate. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil to the frying pan and cook the shallot and onion for 2-3 mins. Stir in the flour and cook for a further minute, then pour in the stock, stirring, before returning the meatballs to the pan. Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 12-15 mins, until the meatballs are cooked and the gravy has thickened. 4. Serve the meatballs topped with the houmous, pine nuts and chopped herbs. Scatter over the sumac and pomegranate seeds and serve with the couscous. Freezing and defrosting guidelines Freeze the meatballs only. Cook as instructed and allow to cool completely. Then transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To reheat and serve, place on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the dish is heated through.Check out my blog for more recipes
  15. 1 point
    I was looking at a few appartments there recently and I really liked the whole set up. Is anybody already living there and would like to share the experience?
  16. 1 point
    Lizzie779

    INTRODUCE YOURSELF !!!

    Hi all, I'm Lizzie, 27 from the UK, and I'm brand new to Abu Dhabi! I've moved over here with my husband for his job and looking forward to meeting some of you soon and exploring the city! xx
  17. 1 point
    Many thanks for your comments. I keep you posted ;-)
  18. 1 point
    Happy2

    FRANKINCENSE OIL 

    If its for use on face/skin then you can get it from Neal's Yard Remedies. Frankincense is great healing oil, fantastic for skin. Oman produces the best of the Frank.oils.
  19. 1 point
    Went to see few 3 and 2 beds, as we liked the development and the views (front apartments). All I would say is that the 3 beds we saw had a great balcony, kitchen enclosed no cupboard space (layout not suitable), and issue with damp in corridors. 2 beds are OK, depends on layout that you see. At the end we opted for Hadeel.
  20. 1 point
    DesertDream

    Multifocal contact lens

    Okay, came by an article today in regards to progressive lens ( glasses) as an optician recommended them. I think they are ( multifocal) but known as Progressive if I am right. Unlike bifocal etc.. they allow you to look far, look near and so forth without changing glasses each time for near and far. Hope this help anyway.
  21. 1 point
    DesertDream

    Multifocal contact lens

    Is that bifocal ? and lens in eye glasses as not heard about them in contact lens.
  22. 1 point
    Ansam 3, Guersti.
  23. 1 point
    We just bought a 3 bedroom apartment and love living there.
  24. 1 point
    I am looking for a 2 bedroom in Ansam do you have any contacts ? agents ? Thank Jan
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