Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Aaah Zenzaaa...my little shopping paradise, I dream away to a land far far away when I see those Egyptian inspired lamps. Here's the opportunity to dream away with me....

Monday, October 24, 2011

"My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them. "
Mitch Hedberg

In the mood for cupcakes..

In Holland there's a saying "A day spent without laughter, is a day not spent at all"(loosely translated)
I take that saying very seriously(pun intended)and I'm thus known as someone that laughs a lot.
It doesn't take much either. You say poop, I laugh.
I probably just lack the muscles that control that part of my face :-)
My favorite comedy  show is probably Seinfeld.
Here are some of my favorite quotes

George: Don't you ever thank God on your knees that you have access to my dementia?

George: Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie, if you believe it

Elaine: Ugh, I hate people.
Jerry:Yeah, they're the worst.

Elaine:You know what your problem is?You're standards are too high.
Jerry; I went out with you! 
Elaine: that's because my standards are too low

Jerry: This isn't a good time.
Telemarketer: When would be a good time to call back, sir?
Jerry: I have an idea, why don't you give me your home number and I'll call you back later?
Telemarketer: Umm, we're not allowed to do that.
Jerry: Oh, I guess because you don't want strangers calling you at home.
Telemarketer: Umm, no.
Jerry: Well, now you know how I feel.
[hangs up phone

Kramer: Well, more bad news Jerry. You know the police they found another victim of the Loper in Riverside Park. I saw the photo and it looked a lot like you.
Jerry: Oh, come on, there's a lot of people walking around the city that look like me.
Kramer: Not as many as there used to be.

George: Only I could fail at failing. 



What can I say about food? I eat to live and I live to eat: hence the junk in the trunk ;-)

As long as I can remember I have loved food. Never had trouble finishing my plate, loved everything (and still do). My grandfather used to say ”Ikrem enna3ma” which translates as ‘Honor your food’. I’ve always learned never to throw away anything and to always finish my plate.
My  mother honors her food so much that she ALWAYS uses yesterdays leftovers in todays soup; without exception and it’s always good; It’s an art!(even when those leftovers are pancakes...just kiddin')
My favorite dish as a kid was a Tunisian dish called ‘leblebbi’, which consists of bread, chickpeas, harissa and lemon (all of them cheap and always available). Back then it was known as the poor mans dish; but me and my sister (still) love it! 

Here's a recipe:
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 slices (about 1/2-in. thick) country bread, torn into bite-size pieces, or day old bread
  • 1/4 cup chopped capers (optional)
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground cumin (optional)
  • 1 to 4 tsp. harissa
Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Add chickpeas and escarole and reduce heat to medium-high.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until escarole wilts and is tender.
Keep warm over low heat.
Divide bread evenly among 4 soup or pasta plates.
Top with chickpea mixture.
Garnish with capers, cumin, and harissa as you like.
You could also put a poached egg or tuna in it

Chahya Taiba!