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April 30 Blogging Silence

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April 30 provides an opportunity for all bloggers to honor the victims of violence in this world by remaining silent. I will be honoring this moritoriumm, and will neither blog nor comment tomorrow.

It’s such a small thing. I wish I were doing more.

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April 29, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Events, Living Conditions, Social Issues, Spiritual | 4 Comments

Kuwaiti End of Days

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When I took this photo, it was a beautiful evening, all the more treasured because we know we will not be able to eat our dinners outside that much longer. The haze made the photo look like some foreign planet, and it reminded me of the coming “end of days,” and that is what I called it.

April 29, 2007 Posted by | Eating Out, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Weather | 4 Comments

NYT Article on “Shiitization of Syria”

My neice, Little Diamond wrote this morning referring to an excellent piece entitled Catalytic Conversion about persistent rumors of “Shiitization” in Syria. The article, by Andrew Tabler, is from today’s New York Times Sunday Magazine section, begins here:

The Middle East is abuzz with talk of “Shiitization.” Since the war in Lebanon last summer, newspapers, TV news channels and Web sites in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere have reported that Sunnis, taken with Hezbollah’s charismatic Shiite leader Hassan Nasrallah and his group’s “resistance” to Israel, were converting to Shiite Islam. When I recently visited the semi-arid plains of eastern Syria, known as the Jazeera, Sunni tribal leaders whispered stories of Iranians roaming the Syrian countryside handing out bags of cash and macaroni to convert families and even entire villages to Shiite Islam.

You can read the original article from the New York Times Sunday Magazine section HERE.

April 29, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Blogroll, Communication, Community, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Iran, Living Conditions, Middle East, News, Political Issues, Social Issues, Spiritual, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gazpacho

Quick and easy, blender Gazpacho hits the spot as temperatures rise . . .

It’s hitting over 100 degrees fahrenheit in Kuwait this week, and it’s time to make up your first batch of heat-quenching Gazpacho. Not only does it taste good – it has relatively few calories, and lots of vitamins and minerals. It is also very filling for those who are trying to watch their weight.

It was a steamy hot day in Washington DC the first time I saw this made or tasted it, and the heat serves as a condiment, underlining the cool, refreshing, healthy taste of this all-time favorite cold soup. So tasty, and so so EASY!

Beth’s Gazpacho

1 large clove garlic
1 peeled onion
2 cucumbers
2 tomatoes
1/2 large green pepper
1 can condensed consomme
1/4 cup wine vinegar (red vinegar in Kuwait)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon tabasco
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh, coarsely ground black pepper
2 8 ounce cans of tomato sauce (small packets in Kuwait)

Cut garllic and rub inside of chilled pottery or glass bowl. then crush garlic and put in bowl. Add consomme and tomato sauce. Chop 1/2 onion and 1 tomato and puree in blender with some of tomato – consomme mixture. Pour all into bowl and add other ingredients except vegetables.

(I actually add all the vegetables to the blender and blend to get a thick soup, but I am giving you the original recipe above. I also add some fresh Kuwaiti cilantro – maybe 2 tablespoons)

Chop remaining vegetables as garnish. You can also garnish with some garlic croutons and a dollop of sour cream.

On a hot day, this thick soup can be a meal in itself, with a loaf of French bread or a mezze or two, or you can serve it in smaller portions as an appetizer.

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Gazpacho photo courtesy of fotosearch.com.

April 29, 2007 Posted by | Cooking, Cross Cultural, Diet / Weight Loss, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Photos, Recipes, Uncategorized | Leave a comment