Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Creative cooking with children

I have to brag about my six-year-old, Oliver. The other day we were watching my favorite TV channel, Fatafeat. Well, seeing as I watch about an hour or two of TV a week, Fatafeat is the only thing I really watch. It's the local cooking channel, and is a mix of local programming in Arabic and shows from the west (Rachel Ray, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson). My favorite show is shouriba wa na'na'a, as the cook Andrew speaks in Arabeezi (an Egyptian and Canadian mix) and the Lebanese host translates into Levantine Arabic.

The show we were watching was all about fondue.  What caught Oliver's eye was putting the food on wooden skewers before dipping it into sauce.  He was in luck, as I was planning on heading to the grocery store.  I told him to make me a list of what I needed to buy.

He made pictures of strawberries, chicken, bananas, bread, etc.  We headed to the store, and used his list as a guide to my shopping.  Several other patrons stopped to stare at my grocery list, and I just smiled. Back home we cooked some chicken, chopped a bunch of fruit and vegges, along with hot dogs, and I shredded cheese to melt.  The kids had a blast loading up the skewers.  They mostly ate hot dogs and cucumbers, while Abu Tulip and I ate more chicken, broccoli, and fresh bread dipped in really yummy cheese. 


Finally, for dessert we melted some semi-sweet baking chocolate with a little bit of cream.  Strawberries, pear, kiwi, apple, and banana.  I don't know a better way to end a meal than to be scraping clean a bowl of chocolate with my boys.  Yum.

~ Um Tulip

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


With Christmas and traveling, we haven't posted at all.  Here's a funny picture until I get around to writing something with substance.   I had a staff Christmas banquet and a lady at my table was chain smoking.  I had to hang out in the lobby several times to take a break to breathe!  I just laughed when a saw her cigarette case.  Luckily, my friend had his camera with him and took a shot on the sly.  Enjoy.   ~ Um Tulip