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bean stew and latest photo of the kids.

Monday, October 13, 2014

i had originally planned to make a lentil and tomatoe soup yesturday till i realise i didnīt have enough lentil in the cupboard.i did have in my spare cupboard but it is so high up that i couldnīt reach it without standing on a chair which i havenīt done since my knee replacement and which my dr has forbidden me to do so a quick change of plan must here.hence bean stew. first i put one table spoon olive oil in a pan and fried one chopped onion in it

then i added two table spoon of tomatoe concentrate/mark.filled the pan to just over half full with hot water.then i added the little bit of lentils i had at hand ,kindny beans and another sort of beans(forgot the name but here is the photo.

after that i chopped up two carrots,1 medium potatoe,1/4 of a kohlrabi and a 1/4 of a small red cabbage

then for seasoning i added 4 cloves of garlic,some rosmary,tyme and sage along with some flaked cayenne pepper(we like it spicy)notice no salt.

i had it on high till it boiled then lowered it down to simmer for a few hours(if you are short of time can cook it on high for 30-40 minutes)i had mine alone

but if you want to make it more hearty you can serve it with bread,put some cheese or sour cream on top,serve with rice or on top of a baked potatoe.

now as promised some more reacent photos of the kids.try not to be too shocked at the extra weight zakariya has put on he has been on prednisison and other steriods since he nearly died in july and it has really increased his weight.here is zakariya and ayyub when they met the haribo goldbaren.i took a photo of the photo so hope it comes out o.k.

here is the latest of ayman showing of his cool dude of a happy bear.he got so excited when he found a pair of glasses small enough for happy bear(that is his bears name)and in case you were wondering yes i did knit the bears pulli about 4 years ago.when i knitted the same one for lotfi and the kids as well.

anyway thanks for taking the time to read this blog and a double thank you if you take the time to reply.hopefully i will have time to thank you individually but canīt promise as there is alot on at the moment.take care and keep smiling

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DS9KIE 10/16/2014 4:08PM

    yummy stew

cute kids

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CIPHER1971 10/16/2014 7:36AM

    the stew looks very tasty, and I am glad you did not get up on the chair.

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GODZDESIGN95 10/14/2014 5:48PM

    emoticon My son is pon a med that causes weight gain but his nice one-one-one keep him moving. He skates and bowls. of course he is still stout. His father is a talk and big man as for as height goes. When he was younger he was heavier but since his scare with gout and thyroid problems he has taken weight off. My weight loss has inspired my hubbie .giggles.

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CRYSALLIS1 10/14/2014 2:48PM

    The boys & the stew looks wonderful! Your are a great Mom, Wife & Friend! emoticon

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_RANDY_ 10/14/2014 2:41PM

    awesome soup!

always love seeing new pictures of kids

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JENNIFERKCM 10/13/2014 11:17PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog and getting an idea for a bean soup. I have way too many beans and lentils. I'm not very creative about mixing them. That looks good.

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PRINCESSRIALS 10/13/2014 8:04PM

    Oh my goodness, the boys are getting so big! Make them stop it!!!!!

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CRISTALITE 10/13/2014 5:05PM

    Yummy Karen, I am going to borrow this recipe, I don't know what kohlrobi is it looks like purple cabbage is it?. I don't eat much cabbage because it sits in my belly as gas, not a good feeling luv lol. Oh and the boys look great, again I must say you have such true talent I'm sure Lotfi is grateful to have such a good wife and mom. emoticon

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MICKEYH 10/13/2014 4:20PM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/13/2014 1:16PM

    The soup sounds delicious! As for Zacharia, my heart goes out to him at such a young age having to be on Prednisone. Hopefully he'll be off it soon.


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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 10/13/2014 11:11AM

    Thanks for the recipe and the pics!!! And especially glad you stayed OFF the chair!


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WILDKAT781 10/13/2014 11:05AM

    love the bears name!!!! love the pics too

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NASFKAB 10/13/2014 10:31AM

  thanks for sharing the recipe seems delicious must make it when I get carrots kohl rabi etc

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MUSIC66 10/13/2014 10:10AM

    The soup sounds yum great photos of ur sons

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MOLLIEJEAN2 10/13/2014 10:04AM

    The soup looks delicious. The boys are growing so big, getting to be very handsome kids.

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SAASHA17 10/13/2014 10:03AM

    that soup looks delish..need to make it for myself...

the kids look precious...


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totally awesome,just have to share

Saturday, October 11, 2014


just to think the amount of hard work,time for training and disapline needed to get to this standard at such a young age is totally awe inspireing.i know from experiance the setermination and deadication needed so hats off to them and their trainer/ mother. emoticon

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MICKEYH 10/11/2014 10:34PM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/11/2014 5:35PM

    What beautiful kids and so very talented. Hats off to that Mom for nurturing that talent.

HUGS and hope you're having a good weekend.

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LIFECHANGZ 10/11/2014 2:00PM

    thanks for the inspiration :)

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    Oh, my! Thank you so much for sharing this! It is amazing!


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HOLIERTHANTHOU 10/11/2014 10:56AM

    Very adorable! Not to mention skillfully done. I won't be trying this at home ...


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garlic,flax and seasame crackers

Friday, October 10, 2014

here is the link to the recipe i used


you can see how it is suppose to look.mine looked like this i am afraid i couldnīt get them any thinner but they were very tasty.

i did it in the oven as i havenīt got a dehydrator though that is something i would really love but i am afraid is on the bottom end of my shoppinglist as there are more nessacary things to get first,lol.i would definately recomend making theese crackers though.though thought to eat with dips i actually think they are good enough to eat alone and that is how i have eaten them.also made it without the pepitas as wasnīt certain what they were and could not find anything by that name overhere.

thanks once again for taking the time to read this blog and a double thanks if you take the time to reply.have a great weekend.take care and keep smiling.

p.s.planing to try and make bagels at the weekend it will be my first time doing them.if anyone is interested i could also do a blog on it.

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MICKEYH 10/10/2014 8:49PM

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CIPHER1971 10/10/2014 9:51AM

    thanks for sharing

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1CRAZYDOG 10/10/2014 9:18AM

    Thank you!

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    Love all the recipes you share with us!!! Thanks!

And pepitas are the deshelled centers of pumpkin seeds!


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per request,how i make

Sunday, October 05, 2014

well have to make it quick as have visitors in a couple of hours,more below.a few people asked me when i posted a photo of my pitta bread i was asked if it was the same recipe as my flat bread i posted in an earlier blog.if you want that recipe here is the link to the blog.

i replied no but promised to post a blog when i next made them.so as yesturday was eid i made them even though they didnīt turn out as well as they usually do

this is how it usually turns out

put for some reason it didnīt turn out as good as you will see later in the blog.i think alot had to do i was in stress as it was our eid yesturday and i was expecting guest,plus as you know you want everything perfect so the kids will remember all the fest days when they are older.we had a bbq and i made some potatoe and green bean salad,a mixed green salad and chopped up loads of peppers,onions cucumber etc for them to put on the breadso to the bread recipe

i used white flour as lotfiīs sister & family only eat white breead but i did add 3 tablespoons of ground bran to make it healthier.

600 gramm flour(3tablespoonof bran optional)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cube fresh yeast
1 leval table spoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
350-400ml luke warm water

put your oven on the highest it will go.by us in germany that is 250.while it is heating up.put the flour in a bowl or on a clean work surface.make a dent/hole in the middle,add a little bit of the waterwater sugar and yeast in the dent.let the yeast activate a bit then add salt and oil and mix all together slowly adding the rest of the water till the dough is the right concistancy and texture

let it rise for half an hour with a damp table cloth over it .knead it throughly .once kneaded you can either split it into 8 for normal size or 12 for mini pizza which is what i made.roll the pieces into balls then on a floured board roll the ball into a round bread about 1/3 of a cm thick

put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper(i can usuallly do 4-5 at a time) then pinsel cold water on the top side(this should help it puff up

put in the pre heated oven and cook (takes about 10-12 mins)check it now and then.take out the oven when brown.

told you they didnīt turn out as good as usual but i thought i would post the photo anyway after all i am only human,lol.

pinsel both sides of the bread with cold water(not too much or the bread goes soggy)while still hot and cover with a clean table cloth to stop it hardening.

re other as i said yesturday was our eid and lotfi when he was in tunisia had brought me a lovely two piece table cloth set.

it actually looks better in real life.

this is how i decorated the coffee table

the kids and i made crepe paperchains decorations.the kids hung them up themselfs so excuse that they are not so symetrical

it was actually a great day as lotfi had taken the kids to the moschee to prayer.i didnīt go as since the kids hurt me the other day i can not go without the crutches and what with our stairs then the stairs at the moschee and it is always crowded with no seats that we decided it was better to stay home than risks being hurt in the crowds.so i had peace and quiet to tidy up set the tables cook etc,still stressful though as you would not believe how doing it all on crutches slows one down and hampers you.anyway a great time was had by all.today now that is a differant matter.toda y we were suppose to be going to my sil .normally when we go there i do the bulk of the stuff anyway as well,lol.anyway lotfi phoned earlier to say change of plan my sil and her kids are coming here instead so i have just quickly tidyed up(luckily it wasnītoo bad after i tidyed up yesturday but still.and i have to make some bread i decided i am just going to make flat bread it is the quickest to make.not certain what to do re food though.might have bbq again.any way must go as they will all be here before i know it.hope you enjoyed seeing how i do my pitta bread and if you try it yourself let us know how it turned out i am really interested.take care and keep smiling.oh i nearly forgot thanks for taking the time to read this blog and a double thanks if you reply to it.

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CRYSALLIS1 10/11/2014 3:08PM

    Not sure if I would be so good at it. It looks wonderful though emoticon

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WANNABFIT34 10/7/2014 3:21PM

    Hope you get off the crutches soon they are such a misery!

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-SUSANO- 10/7/2014 4:07AM

    Looks yummy and the decorations are great. Are the poppies free standing or painted onto the wall? Looks great emoticon

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PRINCESSRIALS 10/6/2014 11:48PM

    That looks so good that my stomach started hurting just looking at it. Well done, my friend. Well done!

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RDEE22 10/6/2014 7:16AM

    They look yummy, thank you for putting that blog together for us. emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 10/6/2014 6:01AM

    looks delish!

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MICKEYH 10/5/2014 11:02PM

    emoticon Yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIPHER1971 10/5/2014 5:39PM

    Thank you for sharing, I hope the visit with the in-laws wasn't too stressful

Wishing you a wonderful day

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1CRAZYDOG 10/5/2014 12:58PM

    I think the pita looks delicious and I'm sure it tasted as good too!

Thanks for sharing the recipe and hope that you got everything done that you'd hoped to. IT definitely is a huge challenge to do things while on crutches.


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SAMZA83 10/5/2014 9:54AM

    That pita looks delicious---no need to run to the Turkish backerei! Happy Eid once again :) emoticon

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    I lived in the Middle East for over a year. I really really miss fresh pita. I had it every morning. There is nothing like it! And yours look gorgeous and delicious.

I am sorry about your knee. I tore my achilles tendon about 10 years ago and I was on crutches for 2 months. It was horrible and even the most simple things turned into a huge challenge, so I do sympathize. You did a beautiful job with the decorations (love the tablecloth!!!). Take good care of yourself.

I hope you had a wonderful Eid!

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    That's the great thing about food you make yourself - it is yours and you can claim that that is exactly how it was meant to come out! LOL!

Love the cloth and the decorations!!

And sorry you were hurt! OUCH!


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AUNTRENEE 10/5/2014 9:32AM

    The bread looks delicious. I would have to make it gluten free since I quit eating it back in March.

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eid mubaruk to all my muslim brothers and sisters.

Friday, October 03, 2014

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CIPHER1971 10/4/2014 5:25PM

    Have a great celebration

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-SUSANO- 10/4/2014 5:02AM

    Have a wonderful weekend. I was reading an article about Eid in Cairo and lots of vegetarians there and they leave the city when it is Eid. Interesting reading, bet you are busy cooking have fun x

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MICKEYH 10/3/2014 10:39PM

    I have no idea what is eid Mubaruk meens, but wish you happiness always. emoticon emoticon

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*TRACY* 10/3/2014 8:49PM

    I wish you health and happiness!!!

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CTUPTON 10/3/2014 7:08PM

    Wow, this is very new to me. Thank you for opening my mind to something new.

And I will bet food is a big part of the celebration!

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    Is there an SP version of Eid al-Fitr? Either way, I wish you and your family happiness on this day.


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1CRAZYDOG 10/3/2014 6:09PM

    Eid Mubaruk

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