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Hot Weather Foods

I’ve been making an effort to eat breakfast, and I have finally found something I can like. I have tried to find the post where someone recommends Activia in the comment section, but I can’t find it. Whoever you are, it got filed away in the recesses of my memory – I was looking for non-fat yoghurt to make smoothies with, and my friend handed me a six-pack of Activia and said “Use this.”

I trust my friend, she is all into nature, and being interconnected and fresh fresh food, so when she says “use this,” that’s enough for me. Plus, I remembered someone else telling me about how good Activia was, along with a cheese, maybe called Kiri. I had asked what I could use as a local cheese substitute for Philly Cream Cheese. Kiri isn’t really a subsititute, but it sure is good! 🙂

So here is what I am eating for breakfast:

It tastes SO good! I use one container of Activia (maybe 8 oz.), throw in some frozen raspberries, throw in some frozen blueberries, put in some honey and some cinnamon and blend. YUMMMMM. I am also eating walnuts and almonds, as you can see, because they are good for me, but also because the almonds and walnuts that we buy here seem fresher, they taste more walnutty and more almond-y than the ones we buy in the USA, I don’t know why.

The other thing I make that tastes SO good in this hot weather is tomato salsa. There are a million kinds of salsa, but I use this as a condiment with so many things, I even use it on sandwiches!

I take about:
five fresh Kuwaiti tomatoes, and chop them finely,
one onion, chopped finely,
1/2 bunch cilantro – cut coarsely with scissors,
a sprinkle of sea salt
a big grating of peppercorns (it makes a difference; always use freshly ground pepper)
(the secret ingredient) a sprinkle of lime juice.

Oh, it tastes so good! It tastes so fresh! You can even eat it on crackers.

June 4, 2008 - Posted by | Cross Cultural, Diet / Weight Loss, ExPat Life, Food, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Recipes | ,


  1. my only hot weather snack – food is ice cream!

    Comment by chika | June 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. try this juice in the morning

    Comment by Omali | June 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. throw some watermelon slices in an icebox, wait 20 minutes then scarf. that is the perfect food here in hell.

    Comment by Mrm | June 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. Chika – I can eat sorbet, but too much ice cream makes me ill!

    Omali – I looked – hmmmm, it’s very GREEN. And cod liver oil . . . I don’t think I can do cod liver oil first thing in the morning!

    Mrm – I LOVE your snack. I love watermelon. That sounds perfect!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 4, 2008 | Reply

  5. I saw your pics and immediately went to the kitchen to look for the smoked almonds I know are lurking there somewhere.

    That is an amazingly healthy breakfast.

    I sometimes take those high fiber/bran pita rounds that come in the brown plastic bags from Kuwait flour mills, cut them into triangles, spray them with a bit of that lo-cal spray canola oil, sprinkle with sumac or herbs and crushed black pepper, and then toast in the oven on 160 celsius or so. I then eat them with homemade salsa. A Great, healthy and filling snack 🙂

    Comment by Ms. Baker | June 4, 2008 | Reply

  6. That salsa is perrrrrrfect for nachos 😉

    Comment by Ansam | June 4, 2008 | Reply

  7. what about cold yogurt?

    Comment by 3baid | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  8. Smoked almonds! ! Oh, Ms. B, where do you find smoked almonds in Kuwait? I LOVE smoked almonds! I can find some lemony almonds, but I have not yet found smoked almonds. Please share!

    I love your pita-chip idea. I’m going to have to try that. Also sounds like a great way to salvage flatbread that has gone stale overnight. Great idea, thanks!

    Ansam – you are SO right.

    3baid – isn’t Leban a kind of yoghurt? Isn’t Activia a kind of leban?

    When I was younger, I stayed skinny by eating yoghurt. Now, I can hardly bear eating it, hardly ever. I can drink it, thought!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  9. Intolxpatr – you must get yourself to a Rifai Roastery ASAP (many branches of the co-ops have them, plus there are a couple in Hawalli, Salmiya, Adeiliya Coop, Shamiya coop, Keifan coop…and they now even come in prepackaged bags which you can also find at the coops or the little coop branches if they do not have a branch within the store itself

    Not only do they have the smoked almonds, but they also have 3 kinds of my personal fave: corn-nuts! (nacho, plain, barbecue) Don’t say I didnt tell you to watch out, because they are too darn addictive… your fanny will expand before you know it, be careful ;p

    Corn-nuts, pistachios, almonds, Brazil nuts, saffron, sesame candy, pecans etc etc etc you name it, just tons of amazing nuts and nut mixes, and delicious little things from Lebanon and Syria.

    Comment by Ms. Baker | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  10. Rifai Roastery! I used to buy my coffee there in Doha! Smoked almonds . . . now I will haunt the RR!

    I always found such great things there – always on a sporadic basis. Tapenade. Fabulous jams. Candied fruits. Japanese mix (we love that). Hmmm. . . I will have to make a visit soon! Thanks for a great recommendation and reminder.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 6, 2008 | Reply

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