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Watermelon Sorbet

Sorbet is so simple, and so good, and not so bad for you. The first time I fixed this, we were living in Tunisia. It tasted so good on a hot summer’s evening. It will be icy and grainy, not smooth. The Italians call it “granita”.

The watermelon available right now in Kuwait is perfect, so intensely flavorful. Try it!

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
4 cups seeded, chopped watermelon
1/4 cup lime juice

Bring the water and sugar to a boil over high heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool.

In several batches, blend watermelon pieces and sugar syrup in a blender until smooth. Stir in lime juice, chill 2 hours in refrigerator.

Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to instructions. It’s best if served fresh, so start the ice cream maker when you sit down to dinner, and it will finish just as you are ready for dessert.

EXTRA: You can blend up the leftover watermelon for a delicious refreshing summer drink. Serve with a sprig of mint, if you are growing any.

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September 1, 2007 Posted by | Cold Drinks, Cooking, Kuwait, Recipes, Tunisia | 3 Comments

Big Girls Don’t Cry?

Listening to SUPERSTATION 99.7 as I am working, I find myself exasperated, from time to time, by the lyrics to some of the songs.

Today, it is Big Girls Don’t Cry. I remember a totally different song with the same name from back a while ago, and actually I like this one better, because she talks about cutting it off and just moving on – and I agree. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses.

But I think big girls – and guys – do cry.

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(Picasso’s Weeping Woman)

A researcher actually explored why we cry:

Frey investigated a question his mother had asked him: “Why is it that people cry tears?” He would pursue the answer, alongside his Alzheimer’s work, for many years. He took a scientific approach to her inquiry, and he discovered emotional tears were chemically different from other tears. That research resulted in interviews with People magazine, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and others, as well as a book, Crying: The Mystery of Tears (Harper and Row). “Perhaps the reason people feel better after crying is that they’re removing chemicals that build up during stress,” Frey suggests, adding that the question remains open to further research.

This is from a Washington University Alumni magazine.

I don’t know if there has been any further research on crying, but originally, I remember him stating that emotional tears carried away poisons that stress build in the body. It makes sense to me. I don’t cry all that often, but when I do, when I cry and it’s one of those blow-it-all-out cries, the kind that give you a headache if you carry on for too long – afterwards, you just feel wonderful!

And you wonder why you even let her/him/it assume so much importance in your life?

And you wonder “What was I thinking???”

Sometimes a good cry just puts everything back in proportion and you really CAN move on.

Or that’s how I see it. I don’t mean to go all drama-queen, I am just talking about a good old fashioned lock-yourself-in-the-bedroom-and-cry kind of cry.

But maybe you see it differently. I think big girls DO cry, and for good reasons, and then we move on. But this might be a cultural thing, and I am willing to entertain other ways of looking at it. What do YOU think?

September 1, 2007 Posted by | Books, Communication, Cultural, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Health Issues, Mating Behavior, Music, Random Musings, Relationships, Uncategorized | 11 Comments