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  1. 3 points
    DesertDream

    25th Ramadhan, 2018

    Just taking a few minutes typing this while I am waiting for a call from a friend...otherwise, I will be way too busy after... right now just finishing normal house routine of cleaning etc.. bedrooms and house in general. Since hubby has a lot of people coming tomorrow for fatoor, preparation does take a while. First of all, hubby bought a new rug for outside mijlis, so yesterday evening and this morning was spent putting that inside and rearranging this morning it all this morning. I always double check everything is clean and everything is ready but I will do this one final time tomorrow morning when I place all the dining ware inside. Before saying more about that though... for Fatoor yesterday we had fresh lamb which hubby brought with him, so I made a Bedouin type soup.. it took a while to prepare had I had to chop it also. I took n hour longer than morning to finish cooking yesterday anyway. It was indeed, a tiring day...but everyone enjoyed it , thank God, so that was the main thing......then later we did the carpet after Taraweeh prayers-usually the time I try to relax but it wasn't to be for yet a little more time. Oh, the night before I promise to teach my grandkids a new game after Taraweeh, they liked it so much they followed me to play with them again yesterday while I was rushing around in a mad rush lol, so I said I would ( always taking a few minutes can be done for kids when they want), however, yesterday, their parents took them out so they didn't get to play it yesterday... I have this feeling though, they will be after me today lol. Kids mashallah, don't forget when you tell them something hehe* They did however, turn my two work space areas in my room into two offices for themselves and each ordering the other to do some paper work..It kept them happy for a while, then I had to tidy it all up afterwards. It was funny listening to them talk to each other ( one used a cassette for a phone, the other use a long slim container..) Then writing down notes for each other. Before I kept looking for my pens as they always went missing, now, I bought a couple of those that stick to the desk with a wire attachments... so I can always find them now lol. This Morning, I made a list of things I have to buy ( tomorrow morning since I have my appt. then), a list of things to do, always, always have a diary with tick off boxes of what I have to buy, do, and have done ! It keeps me organized . today, I normally ( day before visitors come) take out all the best China and cutlery etc.. wash and prepare them, etc. and trays, teapots, glass ware, and the like. That way , if anything needs buying, I know a day before at least. Tomorrow Morning Inshallah, I will prepare the layouts for dining ware in both Mijlis-one will have the tea and desserts, that way we can clean the other meanwhile where main meal was served. Morning also means preparing all the desserts, dough for lugaimat ( probably take a couple of hours cooking them). I will also make the shourba and tamar ( tamar paste) delicacies and sambosas… hubby said his guests liked the fruit basket I made last time, so wondering if that is an indication of him wanting me to make it again..hmmm.. As soon as I am off here, I will finish some work, I have to make toothpicks flags for the sambosas so guests will know what's what at least. Still dreading the clearing up though afterwards sigh* …. So, that is what is happening so far ladies..... will let you know how the rest goes, as I go along !
  2. 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
  3. 2 points
    momentmal

    Eid tomorrow ~Mabrook

    Eid Mubarak!
  4. 2 points
    DesertDream

    23rd Ramadhan, 2018

    Mashallah, this Ramadhan is going fast.. probably, because I am busy most of the day preparing, running errands and cooking. It has been a very busy time truly. I have made several dishes this week such as Mashsi ( stuffed veggies with rice), stews, briyanis, and today was Machbous lamb. A recipe where lamb is cooked and then rice cooked in its broth. WE had this with a homemade tomato salsa. Our neighbor sent us some Mint tea in a fancy teapot set.. that's a first but it was really nice to see that. They sent that along with some bread I haven't seen before either-obviously homemade. Today they also sent what look likes pancakes with honey but are not pancakes but one of their traditional dishes. I sent them some of our lamb and rice with potato scallops. Yesterday, was busy until late night, as we have two ac downs, so one cleaned and fixed yesterday and the other I will leave until after Eid as quite frankly, I needed the rest and just wasn't up to waiting around and cleaning up after they had left. I have somewhat major work to get done after Eid-whenever , I find a good time. The electricity went off yet again in outside Mijlis so no idea what is the problem there but obviously something they haven't yet discovered. Hubby told me today, he has invited his friends over for next week, soooo.... looks like lots of work there too. Preparation of Mijlis, checking all the dining ware etc.. and of course the food preparation etc.. Hubby can be fussy to be honest...and I am thinking perhaps I should be thankful that the electricity in Mijlis isn't working right now... lol . Well, hubby likes to have break of iftar in one room, then main meal in dining room, then tea and fruit in the other Mijlis.. see what I mean hehe* He usually gets what he wants- but the running around with trays and clearing up later is tremendous as three rooms to clear and clean... now you can understand why I said, maybe its good the other mijlis lights are out lool. Maybe, I should take the light bulbs out of other mijlis looool! I like to be very organized but what I really dislike is when those trying to help me, scatter plates etc.. all over the kitchen in random places both inside and outside. Even worst is not emptying the small bits of residue food from plates before chucking into sink. That I really dislike. It adds so much work for me to sort out. You have the idea! My routine is to place several large bowls on the counter, and in one would go the utensils, in another the glasses and teacups etc, and in another plates and so forth. That way nothing is broken , no utensils or fine dining cutlery is lost in carelessness. I end up each time doing double work, organizing it into that way in order to be washed easily and not everything a pile in the sink all mixed up. All larger trays and pans go to the outside sink -well, suppose to, ( we have a large lower sink and higher sink outside for those large pans etc.. The sinks are perfect too for washing small rugs and the like. I think I have to come up with a strategy to make sure everyone do it properly. I have an idea . lets see how it goes... if it goes ..hmmm Since it is weekend, everyone might still be awake.. that is what I like when weekends come, it easier to 'wake' them lol. There is 6-7 days left only.. and the time is flying by to be honest. These nights are the most important of Ramadhan as it enters the last ten days. Night prayers will start with prayers until before early morning. A very highly devotional time for Muslims in Ramadhan. You may hear the night prayers being performed at night. These are not the Taraweeh prayers, these are extra prayers after midnight. Everyone will be shopping too for Eid, taking their kids and buying new clothes etc.. ready for Eid and even planning Eid events etcs. I haven't planned anything to be honest yet … just no time really. Well everyone, have a great evening and take care!! That is it from me for today!
  5. 2 points
    DesertDream

    Today, 18th Ramadhan, 2018

    Mashallah, Ramadhan is passing by and it is already 18 th Ramadhan today, more than half way through. I haven't been able to get online with having an extra load of work to do this year, but when I can , I will be here tapping away. I am still finding time even to get to the exhibition,,, wondering if anyone on here has manage to go yet? The past couple of days were busy especially with having appts , then running errands like laundry and shopping etc. then back home to prepare and cook.. it has been non stop. Yesterday, I made Ish wa Lamb ( Rice and lamb) dish for everyone. One of my family's favourite. It takes a lot of work but it is worthwhile. My neighbor made us some mini pizzas and I made also a macaroni dish and Lugaimat to send. Other different things I have made during the past few days have been mini meatball sandwiches, meat pasties, and cheese fatayers. We were a bit late for suhoor yesterday......not too late but late owing to changing gas cylinder grrr. Most importantly, I wasn't late for my medicines which I manage to take on time. There is presently going around, tonsillitis -normal thing to see when the weather starts becoming hot and indeed, in the last three days it has been really hot!! mashallah. No surprise, as June and July especially are the most hottest months of the year.. in Ramadhan though , you feel some breeze off and on but I think soon as Ramadhan is over, the heat will be felt even more fiercely. Then everyone will run away for holidays abroad lol That is also the time when the best summer sales are to be found throughout the UAE.. really very good sale prices too. Today, I will be making a chicken soup with white rice.. with Salad. Just a few sides not too much, enough for everyone and lugaimat with dibbs ( date syrups). Grandson Mashallah, made an appearance for suhoor today and was laughing at me as he knew it was an unusual time for him to be awake.. he had slept in the afternoon longer than expected so not sure how he did for school today hmmm.. ( Oh, Want to use emoticon but if you use them, you can't post your entry.. discovered that when a error message kept coming up about some sign, so discovered it was the emoticons... ) I like the emoticons too. Well, ladies, take good care, have a call to make now. On another note: Not sure if anyone else has observed this but inside Abu Dhabi or anywhere in the UAE for that matter you might get a good laugh at some shop names. I have now started a list just to see how many are amusing....the best I have seen .. well leave that one right now lol lets say...…. but two other really interesting ones are for car renting... Ghost rent a car and Phantom Rent a Car which are next to each other... must be related hahahah! Suppose you can't forget those names right?
  6. 2 points
    DesertDream

    12-13 th Ramadhan. 2018

    12th Ramadhan: This day I made a really nice fish known as hamour, it is a very delicate fish and needs gentle handling in preparation and care in cutting , especially so if very fresh as this fish was. I made Machbous which is what hubby and sons wanted. And, thank God it turned out okay too. it was very white, succulent and tasty. I made some daqous ( a hot, fairly spicy tomato salsa). The hardest thing in preparing this dish is just being careful with the fish! I also made fattoush salad. I made jelly desserts, like strawberry and lime.. very light on the stomach and tasty too. Yesterday. I made a chicken stew, salad and since we had a lot of pots, I returned these, so lots of cooking yesterday. Everyday lots of cooking actually! 13th Ramadhan: Yesterday, I made a chicken stew, salad and since we had a lot of pots from friends and neighbours ( alHamdulilah) in one day,, I returned these, so lots of cooking yesterday. Everyday lots of cooking actually! The suhoor yesterday was a bit messed up for me, as I normally wake up to take thyroid meds at 2 am ( anyone wants to know more about that experience , surgery etc.. just let me know-but don't worry whatever, its ok ) but it was already 3:20 am so had to wake just a few minutes before Fajr ( sart of fast) to eat.. it was just one piece of pastry as no time was left. So, that was disappointing since I was hungry. No surprise I fell into deep sleep though, as I had hospital appt, went to get groceries, came back made the dough, it was just a non stop day..Thank God though for each day, always! On another note: I heard the Annual Ramadhan & Eid Festival is open at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Hall, I used to go yearly, but past couple of years it hasn't happened with other things going on, but this year, I truly want to go. If you are new here, it is a must go to event really. there is a small entrance fee and parking fee but it is a great event to go to and there are usually activity corners for the kids too. It is a large hall way for several countries, each selling whatever it is they are there to sell, like fabulous kitchen ware, rug, antique furniture, clothes, handbags and accessories, leather goods that you can have names engraved on, including key rings etc. etc.., jewelry, handbags, accessories, kids clothing, food stalls , bedding, home furnishings and the list goes on and on... well ladies, have to go, time is creeping upon me and have much to do...take care!! Something new learnt today: All about blackholes ( universe)..very interesting indeed!
  7. 2 points
    momentmal

    Today, 18th Ramadhan, 2018

    DD please post the list of funny company names, that will be amusing
  8. 2 points
    DesertDream

    6-8th Ramadhan, 2018

    mm.. trying to catch up with everything but time seems to be running a head of me Well, water dispenser was fixed, gas situation sorted out.. since my last post. Always busy here doing something. Just have a few minutes on here to catch up.. did all my cooking for today's fatoor and have to go back down soon to prepared to send to neighbours and friends.Friends have been calling me and relatives. One wanted advice about arranging something in her kitchen, and one was telling me about pests she was annoyed with as the area she now lives in seems infested. I bought some safe insect traps for her, and then I had to get some spices done for my daughter as someone will take them to the USA for her. I finally got the spices prepared this morning and ready for their friend to pick up. I did that this morning and packed it ready. I heard hubby wants to have guests this week... but... Mijlis still has electricity tripping off each time we bring someone to 'fix' it so not sure what is going on there.. on the bright side, not in a hurry to have guest yet loool. On the 6th, we had machbous Lamb , very much a local dish with daquos ( a tomatoe salsa -side for the machbous) which is also sometimes served with pickled limes or veggies. I made Crème caramel that day and Lugiamat ( every day). For suhoor, it took several knocks to wake everyone up, as some of them had work to do after Taraweeh prayers and once they were home, fell asleep as very tired. Some were on time at the table, others several minutes late.. but sufficient time for them to eat something before the fast started. On the 7 th, we made chicken soup, with white rice, salad, and the usual sides. I made custard and jelly for light desserts. For Suhoor this morning, my dear grandson was awake, he is not normally awake this time but because he had fallen and hit the coffee table, he had broken his front tooth , so he was showing me.. thus, probably indeed very sore and thus awake until then. Must have been a horrible bang , poor kid. He enjoyed being awake for the first time at an unusual time, and was confused about what meal of the day this was lol. Today, I made lamb stew , fattoush salad, light drinking soup to start, and Lugaimat. I also, made for light side dishes , mini pasties which my sons love. My daughter in law ( she calls me mom always) is making something she feels like and that is stuffed vine leaves. these light dishes, can always keep in fridge too for another day. It has been a busy day truly, the morning was also spent cleaning bedrooms and changing bedsheets.. laundry made a huge mixed up with some sheets..doesn't usually happen but added an extra task of having to go there, to all my other tasks. He lost part of a set so yes, I am annoyed as it the quilt cover and a sheet missing. Well that my day so far ladies... oh, been reading about this cyclone about to hit Oman etc.. so keep safe everyone out there, hope it doesn't affect us here. I still remember the last strange storm we had Bye for now!!
  9. 2 points
    momentmal

    3-5 day of Ramadhan, 2018

    What a hassle on top of a busy time to deal with repairs. Can only recommend to be careful with the gas cylinders, dangerous if not taken care of properly.....
  10. 2 points
    DesertDream

    3-5 day of Ramadhan, 2018

    Mashallah, I can't believe how fast Ramadhan is going--probably because I am really very busy all day). Sorry, I have missed a couple of days but I had to deal with several things such as gas cylinder issues and a burst water pipe ugh* We buy our gas cylinders from Petrol station but unfortunately, I doubt they are following safety issues as we had problems with the valves but couldn't get any of the cylinders to work and thus now we have to return them.. not the first time and it is getting very annoying especially when it regards safety. Especially annoying too if gas decides to finish right before warming food for suhoor...so we had to use the electric hob and counter top oven to warm food. Then hubby had a water dispenser put outside the house, the pipe burst behind it ( problem owing to a sloppy job by the people who installed it) , and then we had to deal with that..while doing a numerous of other things around the house. Anyway, Fasting has been pretty good but I was really thirsty past couple of days but made it Al hamdulilah lol. Some people get hungry rather than thirsty and some thirsty, I am the latter. Then, I really don't have an appetite until after 9: 30 pm which is good in a way as i finish the Taraweeh prayers and enjoy some food afterwards. Its works out ok for me. I do have a light soup though after breaking fast and I find it a nice light meal before prayers. I spent a lot of time cooking yesterday too as had some pots to return lol so of course, I wanted to return them with some of our dishes. One of my dear friends sent me Harees even if her house is far. She sends me every year and we both exchange dishes. Yesterday, I made whole stuffed chicken with a veggie sauce , fattoush and chicken shorba. I also made crème caramel desserts. The past two days, have been real busy though. In the morning I prepare dough, and whatever I need to take out of freezer for the meal of the day. Then from 2 pm after until way after 5 preparing and cooking everything, the main dish and then the smaller sides and shourba. Then salad, qahwa and tea etc. Finally the Lugaimat. Then clean up time, prayers , reading and back down to kitchen to prepare dishes to be sent out to friend or neighbours, during this time, neighbours or friends will be sending too..... After that table is laid out , food put ready for family and that will leave 5 mins left before the Azan . Our little grand daughter will listen for the canon to go off and inform us, and tells us to eat ( her task Mashallah, which she enjoys lol). Since we can't hear the Azan outside . other grandkids stand outside to wait to hear it.. and run in telling (rather yelling Mashallah lol) everyone they hear Azan ( call to prayer). Then..... for a few moments.. there is silence... Taraweeh prayers last until at least 10 pm. You can see these live on TV everyday on either Emirates or Abu Dhabi. There are a lot of Good Ramadhan shows this year, I am more for watching documentaries type ( when I have time..just getting a glimpse of this and that so far). The Ramadhan competition has started and this year it starts at 11 pm which is good as good time for everyone after prayers etc. Well, that has been part of my busy days so far! Have a good day everyone!
  11. 2 points
    DesertDream

    The Second day of Ramadhan 2018

    The second day went pretty fast ...but then again I was very busy all day long with routine housework and preparation of doughs and then cooking later on. I was thirsty towards the end but forgot about it later as so many things can distract you from it . Quite a few of us were either thirsty or hungry yesterday. Since I am a light eater, I wasn't too hungry . Yesterday, I made fish stew with courgettes , white rice, and the usual batches of light foods. I made a Cream of Chicken Soup with the fresh veggies I blanched few days back. I made extra dough to send to our neighbour for lugainmat. Our Neighbours sent us a couple of dishes like mini pizzas and sweet bread rolls. Sometimes, I am between two ovens , going to and fro. the weather was ok yesterday so kitchen wasn't so hot so that was a lot for which to be thankful. Hubby and sons were talking about the lugaimat and hubby was saying the traditional ones are far better than the modern day version ones. I always make the traditional one and have never changed the recipe I have learnt from his mother. Since it was weekend, some family member were already awake for suhoor and some I woke. I woke hubby a little earlier this time as he knew waking up late wasn't giving him enough time for suhoor. I managed with new timings of meds. So, hope I stay okay with that. On another note: I have been watching the news regarding the Royal Wedding.. who will be watching it? I will watch it if i can so will see. Looks very interesting!! Sometimes a different time of news is a good thing for a change. This is a nice change. Well, have lots to do ladies, thats all doe today~ have a nice day and enjoy the Royall Wedding!
  12. 2 points
    momentmal

    First day of Ramadhan 2018

    The choice of food is really huge, the family is lucky to have you ☺!
  13. 2 points
    DesertDream

    FRANKINCENSE OIL 

    You can buy frankincense at Bukhoor shops ( perfume shops) so you can ask them about the oils there too. It is known as 'luban' in Arabic and comes in various forms. Very much used in the region especially for homes etc.
  14. 2 points
    Just to let everyone know, the first day of Ramadhan is expected to start on Thursday ( 17th May, 2018) *~*~*~*~*Wishing everyone*~*~*~*~*~*~* a Blessed Ramadhan *~*~*~*~
  15. 2 points
    Jillybean

    Vaccine requirements

    RC - well, I can answer some questions! I'm not sure if vaccine exemptions owing to health or religious reasons are accepted at schools. However, I would suggest calling Abu Dhabi Education Council and asking this, as the rules will be the same for all schools. Schools, at the the behest of HAAD (Health Authority Abu Dhabi), do run vaccination programmes during the school day. I have always been contacted ahead of time, and given the option for my child not to participate. I am not anti vaccinations per se, but I like to avoid unnecessary vaccinations / exposure to chemicals where possible. Last year my daughter was exempted from the additional MMR vaccination at my request. I am absolutely not criticising your choices, as I understand entirely where you are coming from, but just want to flag to you that the herd immunity that may be relied on in other countries is not present here, as there is a large labour force from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc, and measles and other sicknesses are not unknown. There is a large home schooling group in Abu Dhabi. I don't have contact details, but an internet search should get you started off. I hope this helps!
  16. 2 points
    Jillybean

    Vaccine requirements

    My DD wasn't born here so I can't say if you have to vaccinate in the hospital. I can confirm that vaccination details are required when registering a child in a main stream school, though. Hope this helps.
  17. 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.
  18. 1 point
    For more details, visit http://www.abudhabistriders.com/half-marathon--10k.html Check it out
  19. 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?
  20. 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
  21. 1 point
    Many thanks for your comments. I keep you posted ;-)
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 1 point
    DesertDream

    Multifocal contact lens

    Is that bifocal ? and lens in eye glasses as not heard about them in contact lens.
  25. 1 point
    Ansam 3, Guersti.
  26. 1 point
    tri-geek

    Eid tomorrow ~Mabrook

    Eid Mubarak! Everyone!
  27. 1 point
    DesertDream

    Eid tomorrow ~Mabrook

    ~*~*~*~*~*Wishing everyone a very Happy Eid and I pray it is one filled with blessings and peace~*~*~*~* Have a nice Eid everyone and very best wishes from me from my home and my family here
  28. 1 point
    DesertDream

    Just to let you know...

    Lots of sales going on today and probably throughout summer - time is to buy now. Also, fireworks display throughout all uae cities and usually around 8-9 pm daily throughout Eid, usually main landmark areas in each city. Lots of events and activities too, check out the malls and also watch the local dances within the malls. Have fun, and enjoy! Might go shopping myself today--maybe. We did out usual greetings and family gathering this morning. Some went out, some dare not venture out as usually busy during Eid, and I changed back to regular clothes so I could cook lunch. I made a machbous lamb, with daqous and battered cauliflower. Better than outside food anyway for my family. That's my news so far.. have a nice day all and take care !
  29. 1 point
    DesertDream

    Today, 18th Ramadhan, 2018

    lol I know they will be indeed, okayyy… look iout for them soon hehe
  30. 1 point
    tri-geek

    12-13 th Ramadhan. 2018

    Whats this about DD?
  31. 1 point
    LadyinRed233

    Expats in Capital Plaza Towers

    Hello, My husband and I will be moving to Abu Dhabi shortly. We will likely be in Capital Plaza so looking for reviews about the building and if there are any difficulties with being attached to the Sofitel hotel. I do have some concerns about the number of people, sharing amenities, etc. Any firsthand knowledge is appreciated. If anyone would like to connect when we arrive, please let us know - it would be nice to have some friends next door. Thankful allJai
  32. 1 point
    DesertDream

    First day of Ramadhan 2018

    Well this year, my year is very full and very busy to be honest. Yesterday was a really busy day. I went for my routine appointment at Cleveland ( following Thyroid surgery) , then went off to buy some groceries and a counter top oven, as while I use the bigger oven to place all the main dishes sich as rice etc. I need another oven to make all the pastries which i do every day. It is a lot of cooking especially since with all families together and I cook for everyone. When I arrived home I made the dough for the 'lugaimat' golden sweet fritters which is served with date syrup and a sprinkle of sesame seeds sometimes, also at times honey-depending. We had lamb machbous, various types of sambosas,, homemade vegetable shourba, and sausuage rolls, then salad is made and tea etc or Vimto. I make huge batches but when distributed between everyone it goes. I am usually in the kitchen for hours finishing each dish.. Later, I find a little time after finishing, to clean up , read a while ( never leave it till later )as sleep will overcome me then! Then I go back down to distribute it in serving containers for everyone. The only problem I had is that yesterday with it being such a full day with appointment and getting groceries, I slept through time I was to take my medicine at 2 am ( timing has change accordingly as one hour before food) So, I didn't get to eat much and then I had to wait to eat as the time was clicking away and close to suhoor. I did put my alarm but it didn't go off as I didn't set it properly. Today, Inshallah should be better though as I didn't go out today and slept a little longer this morning ( I woke up early yesterday). Once we get up for suhoor, we stay awake until fajr prayers as very close, then we go to bed. I woke up at 3 am to wake everyone for suhoor, ( that when I took my medicine -really late) then woke up everyone else. Hubby was like wake me up a little later... I advised him earlier since he won't have much time to drink his tea ( as hot) ...soooo.. today, he said nooo, wake me up earlier, I didn't have much time yesterday.!! We had are usual pastry left overs from fatoor and breakfast cereal. I bought Kellogg's Cornflakes yesterday and came across the big 1 kilo box lol.. so that is on table for suhoor now. That was that, Al handulilah. I did appreciate the fact that I prepared batches of frozen veggies ( which I did myself) for shorba , does help a lot really! Well ladies, That's it for today. Already preparing for today;s cooking .
  33. 1 point
    momentmal

    FRANKINCENSE OIL 

    Thanks DD
  34. 1 point
    momentmal

    First Day of Ramadhan on Thursday

    Ramadan Kareem
  35. 1 point
    tri-geek

    First Day of Ramadhan on Thursday

    Ramadan Kareem ladies!
  36. 1 point
    Sure it is interesting, Ramadan is such an important time of the year for many families here. Nice to know a bit more and if anything is different compared to last year....
  37. 1 point
    dotress

    Anyone had furniture repainted?

    Hi We are looking to get some baby furniture repainted with some sanding / minor repairs. Has anyone had a good experience here in terms of quality and safe products (given it is for a baby's room). We were wanting a clean, plain white colour - not shabby chic or distressed. I've only been able to find two places and both seem to specialize in the latter! Thanks for your help!
  38. 1 point
    Runningcactus

    Crumpets

    Yummy! Thanks for the info!
  39. 1 point
    Runningcactus

    INTRODUCE YOURSELF !!!

    Hi Everybody, My name is Iman and I am an American Muslim convert, living in AD, with my Pakistani husband. We are newly weds, and met each other in AD. I am a former professional distance runner, and was the 2009 USA Women's Marathon running champion, and Olympic trials qualifier. I moved to AD after retiring from professional running due to injury, and after embracing Islam, looking to start a new life in a peaceful Muslim country. I then met my future husband, who works at a local restaurant, and we got married shortly thereafter, alhamduillah. I now enjoy being a loving partner to my husband and housewife. My hobbies are studying Islam, spending time with my husband, running, exercising, cooking, studying health and alternative medicine, playing with my darling Persian cat, Pici, and her 4 kittens, and riding motorcycles with my husband. I look forward to getting to know you all better, and chatting it up on this forum. Warm wishes and greetings to all you ladies here and your families! P.S. : How do I change the flag on my profile, because it shows UAE flag, but I am not Emirati - though I feel like UAE is my home?!
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    By Cindy Mushet | Fine Cooking Issue 92Yield: Yields about 30 pieces.This variation of the classic baklava injects a tart, citrusy note into the sweet, flaky layers.Ingredients1-lb. “twin pack” phyllo dough (two 8-oz. packs, each containing about twenty 9×14-inch sheets)For the filling:12 oz. (2-1/2 cups) unsalted, shelled raw pistachios12 oz. (2 cups, packed) dried apricots1/2 cup granulated sugar10 oz. (1-1/4 cups) unsalted butterFor the syrup:1-1/2 cups granulated sugar2/3 cup orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)1-1/2 tsp. ground cardamomPreparationThaw the phyllo overnight in the refrigerator. Then put the phyllo box on the counter to come to room temperature, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.Make the filling:Put the pistachios, apricots, and sugar in a food processor. Process until the nuts and apricots are finely chopped (the largest should be the size of small dried lentils), 30 to 45 seconds. Set aside.Assemble the baklava:Unfold one pack of the phyllo sheets and stack them so that they lie flat on your work surface. Cover the top with plastic wrap, letting some excess plastic fall over all four edges. Dampen and wring out a kitchen towel and drape it on top of the plastic wrap; this will hold the plastic in place and prevent the phyllo from drying out.Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Brush the bottom of a 9×13-inch metal pan (preferably with straight sides and a light-color interior to prevent overbrowning on the edges) with some of the butter. Remove a sheet of phyllo from the stack, re-cover the rest (be sure to cover the remaining sheets each time you remove a new one), and put the sheet in the bottom of the pan. Brush the sheet with some of the melted butter but don’t soak the phyllo (remember, you’ll have about 40 layers of buttered phyllo by the time you’re done). Repeat until you have layered and buttered about half the sheets from the first pack—about 10 sheets in all. If your pan has slightly angled sides, arrange the sheets so the excess falls on the same side of the pan and cut the extra off every few layers with a paring knife. Sprinkle about one-third of the filling evenly over the phyllo.Repeat layering and buttering the remaining sheets from the first pack and sprinkle on another third of the filling. Open, unfold, and cover the second pack of phyllo. Layer and butter it as described above, sprinkling the remaining filling after layering about half the phyllo, and ending with a final layer of phyllo (you may not need all of the butter). Cover loosely and put the pan of baklava in the freezer for 30 minutes (this makes it much easier to cut the pastry).Bake the baklava:Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.Before baking, use a thin, sharp knife (I prefer serrated) and a gentle sawing motion to cut the baklava on the diagonal at 1-1/2-inch intervals in a diamond pattern. Try not to compress the pastry by pressing down on it with one hand while cutting with the other. Not only are you cutting serving portions, you are also cutting pathways for the flavored syrup to permeate the pastry, so be sure to cut the pastry all the way to the bottom of the pan. If you have an electric carving knife, this is the perfect time to use it. Bake the baklava until golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely. Run a knife along the cut lines to help the syrup absorb evenly.Make the syrup:Put the sugar and orange juice in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cardamom. Pour the syrup evenly over the entire surface of the baklava, allowing it to run down into the cut marks and along the sides of the pan. Allow the baklava to cool to room temperature before serving.Make Ahead TipsThe baklava is at its best about 24 hours after the syrup is added. It will keep at room temperature for up to 5 days, though the texture changes from flaky and crisp to more solid and crystallized as time goes by. Both textures are delicious and have their fans.Check out my blog for more recipes
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    neat102

    Irobot roomba?

    Has anyone used an irobot/roomba vacuum cleaner?Is it good? I am trying to decide between the irobot or a cordless Dyson ?Any feedback would be much appreciated.
  42. 1 point
    tri-geek

    Irobot roomba?

    I have one of those. Bit of a pain, compared to the old attachments.
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    neat102

    Irobot roomba?

    I think I'll go for the cordless Dyson.
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    Polish

    April's Treats

    View Advert April's Treats Check out these deals Advertiser Polish Date 04/11/2018 Price 1.00 AED Category Discounts & Deals  
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    Meltigger

    Crumpets

    Thanks ladies. We found some in Marks and Spencer.
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    DesertDream

    Crumpets

    Usually Spinneys but they are only around certain times of the year for some reason. Also try Abelas now known as Souq planet.
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    DesertDream

    Irobot roomba?

    I have never even thought to try them, I mean reliability of it would be on floor that is cleared of obstacles, might be okay on a kitchen floor etc. but still not convinced. I like the idea of a cordless machine though. I recently Bought one of those 'old fashion' ( not really in my opinion -rather handy!!) Bissell Sweep Up Cordless machine. Common in UK but not seen them elsewhere and quite difficult to find in the UAE. No cords, no fuss, its okay for simple brush up jobs and keeping place tidy after routine hovering is done. I found mine in ACE, and I knew exactly what I wanted when I went there so this sales guy was insisting I buy a hoover instead, but I already have a hoover and know what i wanted and what for, so that was a bit annoying. Hoovers are heavy on my back too to keep using all the time.
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    Runningcactus

    Vaccine requirements

    Thanks Jillybean! When you say "vaccination details are required when registering with a main stream school", are you aware if vaccine exemptions are recognized and accepted, if the parents choose to opt out due to either religious and/or personal beliefs, or due to health concerns? If so, do you or any one here know how to obtain an exemption (paperwork, etc.)? Also, I noticed a lot of schools here do vaccines at school. Do you know if the parent's consent is obtained prior to administering the vaccines to their child? If vaccines are required for school, I am considering homeschooling - does anyone know if homeschooling is allowed here? Sorry for the long question, but this issue is causing me much anxiety. Thanks again!
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    chriso767

    Crumpets

    Marks and Spencer in Yas usually have them .
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    foxtrot

    Crumpets

    Try M & S foodhall - they usually sell them. I have also seen Sunblest ones at Lulu in Khalidia mall
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