October 26, 2010

10 Unusual-Looking Fruits and Vegetables You Should Cook With

"Not all fruits and vegetables are as beautiful as strawberries or as elegant as asparagus but these nutritious plants deserve a chance at your table " . That's what the latest October  issue of  Reader's Digesmagazine wrote.

True that i am not a fan of fruits, perhaps more into vegetables, this article lists all these exotic  fruits and vegetables that not only will add flavor and taste to your plate but will also provide you with the  beneficial nutrients

Check it out in the link below!
Reader's Digest ; 10 Unusual Looking Fruits and vegetables you should cook with!

October 20, 2010

The Sacredness of Tasting

A close friend was telling me today that i always brag  how much i like food, how much it is something personal for me and how much i choose it delicately . Nevertheless,  she adds that she actually never saw me so passionate about it . Despite that i talk about food constantly ( since i am a food scientist), she says she didnt saw me experience this  zeal "on the ground" .But  this talk was after the small incident that happened today.
So, what happened today??

Well, it was a small incident. Today,  I had a very arduous never lasting 60 minute aerobic class, where i literally couldn't breath . In the class, i was thinking about  juices, water , chocolate, french fries, Basmati rice , lasagna..etc This is what we call an urging appetite . Yes Yes  I was having a "FOOD Fantasy".

I wanted this class to finish so bad, so that i rush up to Bliss Street and choose whatever i like from my favorite foods .(Ironically, the streets name is after Reverend Daniel Bliss-an American missionary who founded the American University of Beirut,  and not because it is blissful due to all the restaurants there :P:P)

Despite all this food enthusiasm, i chose one simple food : "Hazelnut chocolate filled doughnut and a bottle of water". My friend ( which ofcorse was having a doughnut too) was watching me how  i  was eating the doughnut with passion : So, i just sat and looked at the doughnut for 30 sec, then i smelled it. After that , i had a first bite and listened to the sound that my teeth made  as it chewed the poor dough. Then I had another bite much slowlier than before . I wanted to incite all my senses, to feel this food, and so to enjoy it with nothing interrupting me.  My friend confessed that i was treating it as a sacred object.
It was  my heaven that moment.

I cant deny that tasting food is my passion. And i want to pursue more things in it .
Perhaps it will become  my religion, my ceremonial, my ritual, or even my sanctuary :)

October 13, 2010

Too Much Will Kill You

Too much of what? Too  much of Love !!
Huh? A thought I had  spinning in my head these past few days. Why on earth would too much love kill someone??
Shouldnt hate do this job?? Shouldnt revenge?
Love??? This divine emotion?? This unique state of humans?

But wait a second. It does kill sometimes if it is superfluous. It melts the person, dissolves him or her, make him/ her tired from loving. It can suffocate , leads to cases of insanity.  And so perhaps,  at the end it will lead to death, literally or figuratively.
Perhaps  the arabs got it  first in their famous arabic saying which  goes like :" من الحب ماقتل   "  : Translation : And  of love one kills.

October 3, 2010

Food for Quote

I had a cliche idea of  merely collecting some quotes that are "food" related  but actually hold wise words behind them.

"Men are like a fine wine.  They start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd like to have dinner with."  ~Author Unknown .haahaha true ;) dont you think so???

"Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections.  You can keep your sterile truth for yourself."  ~Vilfredo Pareto  . This one i cant blindly agree to!!

"Happiness is a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry under a shade tree. " ~Astrid Alauda . Nice :):)

"Life is half delicious yogurt, half crap, and your job is to keep the plastic spoon in the yogurt." ~Scott Adams. Perhaps. I hope not :P

When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey ” ~Arab proverb. Good advise! 

October 1, 2010

In the Summer.....

                                               In the Summer-بالصيف

In the summer,
I stretch out on the shore
And think of you
Had I told the sea
What I felt for you,
It would have left its shores,
Its shells,
Its fish,
And followed me

This is a poem for the Famous Arabic Poet "Nizar Kabbani" . A simple poem that takes me to another place and time :)