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Arab Custard with Cardamom and Rosewater Recipe

Posted in All About Dubai, All About Food!, RECIPES EXCHANGE :) with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by ketchupplease

Hubby and I are so excited to visit the Philippines in a few weeks! 🙂 My in-laws are having a family reunion and our titos and titas would prepare their specialty dishes for our beloved Lolo… I assume they would appreciate my contribution as well… *pressure* *pressure*… Damn, I don’t have a specialty dish, boohoohoo! A lot of people loved my mango cheesecake though.. hmm…

It would be nicer to offer them something new this time… a traditional Arab food – maybe a dessert so it would be easier  to make *lol*… Here’s what I found at Sook & Cook… Fairly easy I guess.. Maybe I’ll just bring home the rosewater and cardamom.. I don’t know if I can buy whole milk in the Philippines, but I read on google that I can substitute evaporated milk + water.. I hope it turns out right and yum!!! 

Please, if you have other suggested dishes/dessert, I would really love to hear from you.. Thank you!!! 

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Arab Custard with Cardamom and Rosewater Recipe

Preparation time : 15 Min

Cooking time : 30 Min

Level of difficulty : Low

Ingredients

4 servings

4 cup milk

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons custard powder

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

2 tablespoons rose water

ground pistachios and nuts

Preparation

– Put milk, sugar and cardamom into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Lower heat and taste for sweetness.

– Mix the custard powder with a little water to make a smooth thin paste and carefully stir it, little by little, into the milk mixture, whisking continuously. Continue stirring until the custard is smooth.

– Remove from heat and add rose water. Return to the stove and place over a very low heat to simmer gently for two to three minutes.

– Pour into small bowles, or a large bowl, garnish with pistachios and nuts and chill until ready to eat.

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My Arabian Dream… coming soon! :-)

Posted in All About Dubai, Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by ketchupplease

Ok let’s face it… hubby and I are here in Dubai for work purposes and not really for leisure…

Bored with our dull routine, I looked up places where we can explore and find out more about Middle Eastern culture. One time, I dragged my hubby to explore the Dubai Museum (which turned out not to be the main museum, but a government office/gallery, oops… ) Excitedly took pictures and all… then hubby laughed at me and said as if we’re tourists… I looked back at him and smiled.. “hell, yeah we ARE tourists!!! We pay so much to see and explore other countries, and it’s ironic that we’ve been here for quite a while already (2 years for him), and yet we haven’t seen the really interesting places… For me, being a “tourist or traveller” is more of a state of mind… This is actually a good opportunity for us to experience the immensely rich Arabian culture! 

Dubai is a very modern city, filled with too many new malls and structures, but it doesn’t quench my thirst for mid-eastern culture.. I don’t really appreciate modern stuff as much as old culture-y stuff. I looked up possible weekend getaways, but it wasn’t very easy coz I had one major restriction — a big NO-NO to modern hotels/resorts! — and  Dubai, as we all know, is such a new city, some even call it an “artificial city”.. *sob* 

I thirst for old Arabian architecture, decor, Moroccan lamps (ohhh how I love them!), local cuisine, ambiance… the works! 

After days of googling and checking with our friends, I finally found the perfect place for a weekend getaway at Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert and Resort Spa! (right smack in the desert, baby! *wink*) A bit overbudget, so we’ll just wait for our First Wedding Anniversary in a few weeks so we can celebrate at the same time… Nevertheless, we already booked last night, and specifically requested a room overlooking the desert! ohhh… sounds like the perfect Arabian paradise! 

 I AM SOOOOO EXCITED!!!! 🙂 This experience will definitely go to our Memories of a Lifetime Bank”… 

My advice to fellow Pinoys in UAE —  do stretch a bit and treat yourself to some wonderful Arabian experience.. Make sure to bring home beautiful memories with you before you leave this desert city. Money’s as good as nothing if you can’t enjoy it once in a while, right?… 

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Arabic Ice Cream!

Posted in All About Dubai, All About Food! with tags , , , , on March 30, 2009 by ketchupplease

Hi! Sorry, I know I disappeared from cyberspace for a while… I guess I was a bit heartbroken with all the restrictions on WordPress that I just felt lazy to post anything… :-O

Anyway, just wanted to share with you a video I took in Global Village last month.. I like learning about others’ culture and tradition, so I enjoyed watching them prepare their local Arabic Ice Cream. They pounded the ice cream with a big wooden paddle, and banged on the tin with the music.. They kept on doing this, so the end result is a very, very compact ice cream covered in chopped pistachios, kinda gooey and not very creamy… and it takes forever to melt! It’s good, and has an arabian taste that I couldn’t figure out. I googled it and found out that it has arabic gum (hence the gooey/gummy texture), rosewater, and “sahlab” (an extract from orchids) — ohh so that explains the fragrant/flowery taste..
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That night, I indulged in cotton candy, arabic sweets (deep-fried dough balls with caramel syrup), and lastly, the arabic ice cream. Understandably, my tongue was already sore from eating too much sweets, that I couldn’t finish the ice cream anymore. I went around the souks (stalls/markets) and waited for it to melt (so I wouldn’t feel too guilty throwing it).. but this ice cream just would not melt!
Enjoy the show! Welcome to my world in UAE… 🙂

Dusty Side of Dubai – Update :-)

Posted in All About Dubai with tags , , on March 5, 2009 by ketchupplease

Hi! Weather’s improving the past couple of days… It’s actually cool at 21-23°C (69.8-73.4°F). According to news, temperature will go down tonight to 18°C or 64.4°F. Not bad! So no more dust storm lately.. I don’t wake up anymore to the smell of dust.. Yipee!
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The Dusty Side of Dubai…

Posted in All About Dubai, Personal, Travel with tags , , , , , on March 1, 2009 by ketchupplease

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*Yawn* It’s been over a week since I last posted.. I’ve been too lazy to post here, plus the fact that I’ve been kinda busy dusting and mopping… (very domestic “UN-goddessyou know..) The dust here is driving me crazy… Lately I’ve been driven up the wall by some sort of dust storm… (hello, desert!)

It was cold when I went back here early Feb, but for some reason, summer’s creeping earlier than usual…  Last week, hubby looked out the window and was actually happy to see the fog outside.. and typically, I replied in jest, “What fog? That’s all dust, hello?” and I was surprised when a friend told us that there was a sandstorm and it wasn’t fog indeed, but DUST. And since that day, dust has bothered my life.. 

So, how’s it like living in a dusty city? Let me just make it clear that Dubai is a beautiful and extremely wealthy place.. but just for now, let me focus on the “dust” part, which I’m sure, other desert cities experience too…

  • When you park your car outside, it will be covered in dust as if you left it for months (or some cases, years)… so I wonder how people can still drive around the city in their expensive top-down sportscars.. In worst cases, I heard you even have to use the wiper…
  • Before sleeping last night (arnd 1am), I placed my book on the table, and when I woke up at 8:30am it’s already dusty!
  • I can feel the dust on my rubber slippers
  • My computer mouse is dusty, and I just used it yesterday
  • Our clotheslines get dusty too, so I have to check it before hanging our clothes to dry, coz otherwise, it will stain our clothes
  • We can’t leave our clothes out to dry for more than a day coz it’s gonna get dusty
  • Lately, morning greets me with the smell of dust that I have to breathe under the cover. ugh… (what I cannot understand is, hubby couldn’t smell it!)
  • Lately, I worry if living here would somehow affect our lungs… knock on wood..

I wonder when it will go back to normal… normal, meaning still dusty but not the type that I’d wake up smelling dust in the air.. hmm..

 

*image from http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Image:Broom_icon.svg

Sheikh Mohammad, Dubai’s great leader

Posted in All About Dubai, Politics: Taboo?, Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 18, 2009 by ketchupplease

sheik2“What’s the name of our Sheikh again??” 

I must have asked this a million times already, but I always can’t seem to remember his name… maybe it’s because I just wasn’t very interested.. but lately he’s been getting not only my attention, but admiration as well. 🙂

I’d like to share with you a recent article in Gulf News that just shows what a great, hands-on leader Sheikh Mohammad is. 

Happy to introduce to you His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai…

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Mohammad treats family to true Arab hospitality

Gulf News Report
Published: February 03, 2009, 23:51

Dubai: It was a once in a lifetime moment.

A European family on a picnic in Dubai was surprised when a 4×4 stopped near them.

It was none other than His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who was driving past (no bodyguards!) and saw a car parked by the main road. 

It seems the family parked their car which could not get any further into the desert, and walked a few hundred metres where they set up their camp.

Shaikh Mohammad noticed the car at the side of the road and footprints leading into the desert. Out of concern, he ventured in with his jeep and followed the trail to make sure everything was fine. He saw the family camping and taking pictures.

Greeting them, he welcomed them to Dubai and in true traditional Arab hospitality served them coffee, and spent time chatting with them.

The family experienced first-hand the chivalry and humility of a great leader. 

Please click on this also to read another great article about him: Five Minutes that Changed an Elderly UAE Citizen’s Life

Camels Are Not So Lazy After All!

Posted in All About Dubai, Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 9, 2009 by ketchupplease

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Hi! I’m back in Dubai… back to my old boring housewife routine — which basically means doing everything with my eyes glued to the TV, hehe! 

Just wanted to share my “thrill” of the day… (I might be the only one thrilled here, but whaddaheck… it’s something new to me! hehehe!)

I was channel surfing… and what do I find?

Racing, galloping CAMELS!!! What, camels actually run like horses?!?

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Forgive me for this dumbo moment, but I’ve always had the impression that our humped desert friends are sooo lazy coz they always seem to walk slow on TV and pictures… Well, I thought very wrong…what are those long legs for??  Hehe! Below is a camel race video clip I got on YouTube…  

Uhmm… Do tell me, I’m itching to know…

Am I the only one here who didn’t know that camels… actually run? geez… 😛