November 29, 2013

Five years of Blogging on Pearl's Powder!

On this day exactly November 29, 2008, I started my official blogging!
My story of blogging started because I simply wanted to share my thoughts, and sprinkle these powder of thoughts to the world around me. (Read more About my story of blogging)

While social media back in 2008 was still taking its baby steps especially in our region (MENA), I was trying all efforts to reach as much as I can in terms of readership and promotion..

Yes, I do admit that perhaps my number of frequent readers was and still a little number. But these readers, friends, and online supports, are the ones who supported me all through my 5 years blogging experience, they are the ones who "commented, shared, retweeted, liked" my posts. And for this number, I owe all my humble reach and perhaps success.

November 28, 2013

Favorite Food Books

Starting this week, I will be introducing my favorite food book of the month.
I have already read a collection of food books, yet never reviewed or talked about them.

If you have a favorite food book, please do recommend it here!
For now, my collection will be updated on My Food Shelf!
The collection features book ranging from food history, food stories, food science and technologies, as well as culinary books (recipes)

Loulwa's food book

Catching fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
The Crisis of Food Brands: Sustaining Safe, Innovative and Competitive Food Supply
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine
Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism
The Untold Story of Milk: Green Pastures, Contented Cows and Raw Dairy Products
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education
Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round
Food Product Development: Maximising Success
The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones
The Book of Tea
Perpetual Harvest: What to Plant and Enjoy, Month by Month
The Geometry of Pasta

Loulwa's favorite books »

November 17, 2013

Published in International Journal of Dairy Technology

It is after so much hard work and efforts that I am glad to announce that my third publication, but first original research article, is out published in the International Journal of Dairy Technology.
"Characterisation of the sensory properties of whey protein concentrates".

November 14, 2013

How I am trying to stay fit in Riyadh

I posted this hamster because I think it's a cute photo. dont ask
Since moving to Riyadh, I barely can go walking around the streets like I used to when I was in Beirut.
Also living in a city, where you have nothing to do except go out for eating or shopping, makes you lose your sight on how to properly keep your body healthy and posture proper.

That's why I am comparing the fitness activities I used to do in Beirut to those in Riyadh:

In Beirut:

  • I barely used a transportation (car or taxi ride) unless I was visiting somewhere far away or when I had to go for dinner at night.
  • I used to walk back and forth to get my grocery at least 4 times per week
  • I used to go walking for several errands around the streets for shopping or paper work or paying the bills, or meeting someone over coffee or lunch.
  • I used to walk down to work (yes a downhill with steepy and long stairs), and my work also involved alot of standing and moving around.
  • I also used to swim on Sundays for around 40 minutes.
Indeed, walking in Beirut, at least 30 minutes per day, made me fit and healthy.

After moving to Riyadh:

November 9, 2013

My Dairy Intolerance

A food scientist who is intolerant to a major food group : DAIRY! Can you believe that?
And the most ironic of them all,  I did my whole thesis research on milk! I spend a year and a half experimenting with milk, when I am intolerant to it! Imagine all the suffering I had to go through.
So, how did I know I was intolerant to milk and all its derivatives?

The Story :

November 4, 2013

Featured in " Culinary Blogosphere of Lebanon"

In  its October Issue, Cloud961 interviewed 3 bloggers from the culinary blogosphere in Lebanon on why  they started a food blog, how blogging about food can make an impact, and everything in between. The bloggers were Strawberryblu ( Cynthia Bu Jawdeh), No Garlic No Onion (Anthony Rahayel), and Pearl's Powder ( Loulwa Kalache).. Yep that's me!

Read full interview here