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Sunday, May 20, 2012

How I Serve My Company

When I was younger, I use to be nervous having company over. I lived with my father and we had a select few of friends so I was never really around crowds. When I went to college in Georgia, every Saturday evening after church we would have a youth gathering, I think I went maybe 2-3 times the whole year I was there. After I came to Islam I moved to the city and little by little got use to crowds. Now I LOVE having company over. I like it when a stomach is full and the taste buds are satisfied.

Normally we have company over in the evening for just some chia (tea). While I wait for the water to boil, I set out fruit- strawberries, cut up melon, grapes, sometimes pomegranate, and something sweet such as basbousa, qataif bil qishta, or mahalibi, whatever I have handy. Sometimes company comes over for supper, but that is a completely different topic. The Iraqi Qataif bil qishta looks like this, this picture is of some I just made yesterday:

Many of our friends are Iraqi's so I try to cater to their tastes and liking's. Most of the time I make the chai plain- with tea leaves only- but sometimes I like to change it. I have put cardamon pods in the water as it boils. Another option is making "bootni", Jasim and his Iraqi friends really like this kind of tea. You put a little sprig of sage in the hot water when you put the tea leaves in. This is the kind of tea leaves I use, once I found this kind I have NEVER went back to any other kind (this is not my picture):

 Most Arabic people like their tea or their coffee really strong with lots of sugar. Though there are some exceptions, as I know one man who drinks his black black coffee without any sugar or milk. Eww.

What I really like about the Iraqi people are their simplicity. I don't have to worry about not having enough chairs or a big enough table, they are content with sitting around a table cloth that has been put on the floor. A lot of them also eat from the same dish with their hands- which I find a bit odd but to each their own- at least it saves me on the dishes!


  1. MashAllah it sounds like you're naturally a great hostess! That's a great quality to have--I hope I can learn to host gatherings in my home one day InshAllah.

    I just started following your blog (I got the link from your profile on ShiaChat). I live in Georgia and I have lots of family in Florida so I feel like I have an affinity towards you already :)

    Anyway, if you have any questions about Shia Islam (or anything else) you're welcome to email me and inshAllah I can be of some help. tazaabha@yahoo.com

  2. Wa alaikum salam, thanks! Insha'allah you will be a great hostess as well! :)


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