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Pomegranate in Quinoa Pilaf

Hot off the press, from the New York Times:

Quinoa Pilaf With Chick Peas, Pomegranate and Spices

Published: November 7, 2008
Considered by many nutritionists to be a superfood, pomegranate juice is loaded with antioxidants and appears to lower blood pressure. This quinoa pilaf is based on a Turkish pilaf that is traditionally made with rice or bulgur.

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

3/4 teaspoon coriander seeds

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup quinoa, cooked (4 cups cooked quinoa)

1 cup cooked chick peas (canned are fine), rinsed

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

For garnish (optional):

1 cup thickened yogurt

1 small garlic clove, pureed (optional)

1. Heat a large, heavy frying pan over medium-high heat and add the cumin seeds and coriander seeds. Toast in the pan, stirring or shaking the pan, until they begin to smell fragrant, and transfer to a spice mill. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then pulse to crush or coarsely grind. Set aside.

2. Return the frying pan to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and salt, stir together for about half a minute, and stir in the cumin seeds, and coriander seeds. Add the remaining olive oil and stir in the quinoa, chick peas, and 3 tablespoons of the pomegranate seeds. Stir over medium heat to heat through, several minutes. Taste and adjust salt. Transfer to a platter or wide bowl and decorate with the remaining pomegranate seeds. You can also mold the pilaf into 1/2-cup ramekins or timbales and unmold onto the plate, then decorate with pomegranate seeds.

3. Stir the garlic into the thickened yogurt. Serve the pilaf topped with the yogurt.

Yield: Serves 6

Variation: Some people like to drizzle a few drops of lemon juice over the top of this pilaf.

Advance preparation: This can be made a day ahead and reheated.

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Cooking, Food, Health Issues | , | 3 Comments

Better Watch Out! Traffic ambushes!

Think they will also be watching for mobile phone users? This is from today’s Al Watan

Al Watan staff

KUWAIT: Kuwait City Traffic Department launched a security campaign on Sunday morning against reckless drivers. Under the leadership of First Lieutenant Khalifa AlـSabah, several ambushes were set on the Second Ring Road where 37 citations were issued for drivers for violating traffic laws. A security source informed Al Watan that several ambushes would be set up in different locations in the area during the next few days to eliminate the phenomenon of irresponsible drivers who threaten other motorists and pedestrians” lives.

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions | 4 Comments


It’s a beautiful morning, but maybe a little wet in some areas. Drive carefully, Kuwait!

The sunrise – again – was gorgeous:


“Look at that contrast!” said AdventureMan, as we finished our morning prayers. The threatening overcast made the sea and sky almost all one color, and the wake stands out brightly:


And while many are bemoaning the rain, it is so needed in dry Kuwait. Here is what the weather picture is for right now:


Have a great Monday, Kuwait!

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | 2 Comments