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Diet Baby Food

14 Oct

I am DISGUSTED.

Today, in lulu, I was browsing the baby food aisle………………………..yes, you guessed it, I spotted BABY DIET FOOD!!

HARAAAAAAAAAAAAM TO ANYONE THAT WOULD GIVE THEIR BABY DIET BABY FOOD!

FOR GOODNESS SAKE!!!

Let your child eat fruit and veg and EXERCISE!!!!!!!!!!

ANGERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR AAAAAAAH 10.10.

SHAME ON YOU LULU – GET THIS OFF YOUR SHELVES!!!!!!!!!!

Not just our tomatoes…there goes the Zubaidi too….

11 Oct

So, we aren’t only paying 800fils per kilo for tomatoes…our fish prices just soared too. When will this stop?

We are turning into the UK…soon Kuwait will be introducing tax.Look at the above picture, for those that don’t know the conversions…that’s around 2.2kd per kilo……..good aul harrods eh? Charging that much for French tomatoes………………LOL. Ridiculous.

Zubaidi is now sitting at about 12kd per kilo.

For goodness sake, it’s just fish!!!

So, we’re all to stop eating meat and ‘fruit’ (since Tomato is actually a fruit not a veg) and eat what exactly?

It’s green beans from here on in.

Perhaps we should all just try the baby diet………..pureed broccoli and potatoes.

You can read more about these price hiked here over at the Kuwait Times and another article, Zubaidi or Gold.

Mothercare – The Avenues

21 Sep

Just to let everyone know, Mothercare in Avenues have their end of year sale on. I’m not sure when it started but I passed by yesterday and got some things for the kids!

They also have great maternity stuff at dirt cheap prices!

Got a few babygrows and a couple of tshirts for youngest and totaled only 5kd…fantastic.

Obviously the majority of the stuff is ”summer wear” but great for next year! Why pay 10kd next year for shorts and tshirt when you can get them now for 2kd?

I always buy in advance for my kids, it’s not like kids clothes ‘trend’ 🙂

I’m a teabag

18 Sep

A woman is like a tea bag. It’s only when she’s in hot water that you realize how strong she is.

Role reversal for 2010

13 Sep
Cover of "Daddy Day Care (Special Edition...

Cover of Daddy Day Care (Special Edition)

I just finished watching ‘Daddy Day Care’. I love that movie. Eddie Murphy is hilarious and his son….well, absolutely adorable. It got me thinking, how would that work for my husband and I? I go to work, he stays at home and becomes a househusband…

What’s a househusband? A stay at home dad or house husband is a term many westerners use to describe a father who is the main caregiver of the children and/or is the homemaker of the household. As families have evolved, the practice of being a stay-at-home dad has become more common…

How would that work here?LOL…oh I shouldn’t laugh because I’m one of the lucky ones, my husband irons his own shirts, can make his own dinner and if I wanted him to, could clean the house and do a pretty good job…he even changes diapers and makes up bottles of milk…long term tho? No, I don’t think he could cope.

Stay at home dads in the western world are still stereotyped but it is becoming more and more socially acceptable…here, however, it would be totally unacceptable due to the culture.

So when did it become OK for men to ‘stay at home’? How did this change come about?

Well it dates back to World War Two. Everything started to change in WW11, the vast majority of men had to go to war and therefore women had to fill many positions that would have been deemed unsuitable. This increase in working women became one of the few times in history where women were praised for work outside the home.

So is there an advantage to a stay at home dad rather than a stay at home mum?

Personally, I love being a stay at home mum.

I enjoy every minute I spend with my kids BUT the bond between father and child is just as important as the mother’s in the overall social and emotional development of a child. Emotionally and mentally father’s may actually help their children long term, mothers reassure toddlers when they become frustrated while fathers encourage them to manage their frustration. This helps the children learn to deal with stress and frustration which is important to achieve at a young age.

A 1996 study by McGill University found that the “single most important childhood factor in developing empathy is paternal involvement in childcare.

So there you have it Dads…you are as equally important if not more in the first five years of your child’s life.

So, no matter how tired you are from work, take an hour out of your day and spend it with your kids! Take them to play ball or go for a walk…spend some time with your kids, it’s not only the mums that matter!

Mais Alghanim

12 Sep
Mixed Grill

So, on the 1st day of Eid, family and I had lunch at Mais Alghanim in Abu Halifa.

Thought I would share my experience with you all.

So, when we arrived, it wasn’t that busy, plenty of empty tables and we were seated within two minutes, no hanging around which I love.

The only downfall was that I had my stroller with me and there were about 25steps to climb up.

We ordered within a few minutes and our ‘appetizers’ arrived about 5minutes later.

The only downfall was that, for some reason, there was no music on in the background until about five minutes before we left. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is nice to eat without music being blasted through the place but there is no harm in low volume background music unlike Applebees who insist on having their speakers turned up full…and it’s so loud that you can’t hear yourself speak………

The food arrived quickly and was delicious. We ordered a whole variety of everything yani, taboula, fatouch, baba ghanouj, Khiyar bil Laban, accompanied with a mixed grill.

Comparing Mais Aghanim to Villa Fayrouz and Al Balad, I would say, Al Balad’s Potato with Corriander is definitely much nicer and Villa Fayrouz’s Fatouch is better too.  Each to their own though.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad experience and I would definitely go again.

Fancy something different for dinner?

7 Sep

Gratin Dauphinois – What’s that you might say?

This is so often served in restaturants as a yucky looking gooey sludge that seems to have hung around too long. But! Home-made, straight from the oven,is truly one of the great classics.

So, how do I make it? Well.. here’s what you need!

5 fl oz (150 ml) cream – Double Cream works best

1 lb (450 g) potatoes

1 onion

1 clove of garlic

50g grated cheese

1 ounce of butter

You will also need an 8½ inch (21 cm) oval, shallow gratin dish, well buttered.

First, peel the potatoes and slice them very, very thinly (this is really important! Don’t slice them thick!), then plunge the potato slices into a bowl of cold water and swill them round and round to get rid of some of the starch. Now dry them very thoroughly in a clean tea cloth. Then in the gratin dish arrange a layer of potato slices, a sprinkling of crushed garlic, pepper and salt and then another layer of potatoes and seasoning.

You can either pre-cook the onion by frying it, or you can be lazy like me and stick it in the microwave for 30seconds. Now mix the cream,milk, onion and garlic together, pour it over the potatoes, sprinkle with a little freshly grated cheddar cheese, then add the butter in flecks over the surface and bake on the highest shelf in the oven for 1½ hours.

If you follow these instructions, you should end up with something that looks like this

Now, what do you serve it with? Well, personally, I always go for Steak or Fish.

It’s beautiful with either.

I normally serve a side dish of Green beans, sweetcorn or carrot and parsnip.

You can cook anything with this. It’s a dish that tastes as good as it looks!