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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bamia~ Okra and Beef Stew


This is normally just enough for me and my husband with a little leftover.

1 onion chopped

2-3 garlic cloves minced
1/2 lb beef (inch cubes)
1 bay leaf
4 cloves
a pinch of black seeds
1/4 cup oil (I use olive oil)
water
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp paprika (optional, I use it to make the tomato sauce more red)

Bouillon (I do not use cubes, rather the powdered kind that comes in the big containers as it is cheaper to buy it that way. So I usually put 1 tsp of the powdered bouillon in, sometimes less or sometimes more it just depends how salty or not salty the soup already is.)
1/4 cup Tomato paste

1/2-1lb of frozen okra (the small kind and add as much okra as you like)




Chop onion and garlic up coarsely.


Heat oil in the pan.


Once oil is hot, add the onions, garlic, bay leaf, cloves, and black seeds. (Normally I add the paprika as well but I forgot while making it this time and ended up putting it in when I put the tomato paste in).


When onions are translucent add the 1 inch cubed beef and brown.


When beef is browned add just enough water to cover the meat.


Like so. Let simmer for an hour or so- until the meat is tender. Time always varies as it depends how tender or tough the meat is.


Once meat is tender add tomato paste, salt, pepper, and this is when I remembered to add the paprika.


This is the kind of paste I like to use, I buy it at a local halal food store.


Let simmer until sauce is to your desired consistency. Some people like it more soupy, I like it more to the consistency of stew.


Once the sauce is to your desired thickness add okra.


Cook for about 10-20 minutes or until okra is tender and is bright green like in the picture. 


Serve with white rice and salad. This (as shown above) is just for me and my husband. When I make this for company, I have a big platter of rice and put the bamia in separate bowls for everyone.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My 20th Birthday!

August 20th was my 20th birthday! Jasim and I had plans on going to the zoo with Ahmad or going downtown and riding the ferry, but the weather would not permit. So because of the rain, we went to the mall and Jasim bought me some new outfits, Ahmad a pair of shoes, and when we went to the Halal food store we bought Jasim a thobe to wear in the house!


Ahmad's new mickey mouse shoes!


This size medium skirt made to hug your waist was from Forever 21 at the sale section for only 8.99$! I absolutely adore it! The medium makes it a little loose on my waist so it settles on my hips, which is how I like my skirts to sit! (I try not to wear anything that makes my waist noticeable). 


This sweater is made out of a t-shirt material. I bought it in a 1x because I wanted it to fit very loosely. We found it at JC Penny's on sale for 4$! 


This size medium short sleeve sweater is also from Jc Penny's for 20$! (The antique pink scarf I bought from banana republic about 1 year ago for 11$, originally a 40$ scarf).


I really like the crotchet stitch it has and the brown braided leather belt that weaves through the crotchet gaps.


Here is another skirt from JC Penny's marked down to 8$! The smalls and mediums were a little short for my liking so I found a petite large. The elastic band helps the skirt stay in place!


I was really happy to have found clothes I could change around. The two sweaters I bought can go with either skirts!

I had been really hoping to find a black abaya that snaps from neck to toe (for purposes of feeding my little one) at the Halal grocery store. One just about fit me everywhere but was a bit tight on my hips and didn't give me room to walk in (it was an A line abaya probably made for pencil figured women who doesn't have crawling babies), which I prefer my dresses, abayas, or skirts to give me plenty of room to walk and get in and out of the car. There was another one, but it was very big. Maybe next time, insha'allah!

With Love,
UmmAhmad


Monday, August 20, 2012

Eid Al-Fitr 2012!

So this Eid was Ahmads first Eid! We did so many decorations and baked so many sweets! Ahmad loved the balloons and hanging stars. We had a lot of people over- about 15-20- and had a great time! Now to the pictures!


Our house! Yes we finally got a couch that we liked!


The Eid poster that I drew the night before Eid!



Cupcakes- everything that I cook and bake are by scratch!


Chocolate cake!


Mughli (Spice Pudding)



From left to right:
Cardamon and pistachio cake
Chocolate cake
Basbousa
Chocolate cupcakes
Mughli
Klecha (date cookies)
Date and walnut cake


 Ahmad making friends!


Mama! I don't want to be near a girl!


Ahmad and baba wearing their traditional Iraqi clothes



Ahmad playing with the guests!


Ahmad in his Iraqi Abaya!


Ahmad saying the tasbeeh! LOL I am just kidding. Insha'allah the dhikr will always be on his lips when he is older.


We were finally able to have someone take a picture of us as a family! :) Ahmad actually looked and smiled at the camera!


Alhamdulilah our Eid was good- even though these two boys that came with their family were a hassle. They went in the bathroom, took all the paper out, wet it and threw it on the walls. I was constantly following them everywhere so I caught them and cleaned up the huge mess before anyone else saw it! 

Despite the few things that tried my patience Eid was great! It is always nice to have friends over and feed them! Eid Mubarak to all!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ahmad, 7 months and 9 days!

Ahmad is growing so quickly and his ability to move has jumped by leaps and bounds!
Ahmad crawls everywhere now, exploring all the new things in the house. Time for baby proofing!
He also is able to pull himself up to his knees holding on to a shelf or table. When holding on to me, he is able to pull himself up to his feet. In either position, he tries to let go and balance, but alas, he has not mastered balance yet! Of course, he is able to go from crawling to sitting up with no difficulties. 

I don't remember if I wrote this in my last update but Ahmad is saying "dada" and "mama". Instead of "mama" he ends up with "nana", but I know what he means! Every once in a while he will say "baba" but it is very rare. He has graduated from the baby bath tub and now enjoys playing in the big bath tub! Ahmad follows me everywhere, if I am in kitchen cooking he will either sit close to where I am standing and look up watching me or he will lay down on the floor. If I am cleaning the bathroom he will go there, if I am folding clothes he has fun crawling around in the unfolded clothes and trying to mess up the folded pile! He is such much fun now! Such a little blessing!


In the kitchen watching Mama cook!


Exploring!


Taking pictures of me??


When is Baba coming home so I can wear my regular diapers?


Playing at a friends house!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I Am A Muslim And I Am Not Ashamed

Here is a photo that I took and edited. Tell me what you think!


Ahmad's Second Birthday!

Our Anniversary!