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Two Shocking Things

September 30, 2007

One seen, one heard.

Seen: A guy wearing disdasha and a Marlboro-style gutra, sitting with a friend in the food court in Al Kout Mall, smoking. In broad daylight. Now, I don’t totally agree with the law about not eating/drinking/smoking in public during Ramadan. But it’s the law, nonetheless, and so people have to respect it, right? Mall security ignored him. I wonder if smoking in public is worth spending the remainder of Ramadan in jail.

Heard: My friend’s boyfriend (American) called a Chinese restaurant in Fintas last night. When he was through placing his order, the woman taking his order asked if he wanted anything else. When he told her he was finished ordering, she said, “You want girl?” He didn’t know if he heard her right and so she repeated it – “You want girl?”. He declined. Then she personally showed up at the apartment to drop the food off. When my friend’s boyfriend opened the door, the delivery “woman” followed him into his bedroom where he went to get the money to pay for the food. He walked back to the door, woman in tow, and as she was about to leave, she grabbed his hand and in it placed a piece of paper with her name and number on it. My friend was sitting on the couch the whole time. My friend tells me that these types of women leave at least ten post-it notes on all of the doors in the apartment building, with their numbers and things scribbled on them like “Massage”. They walk by the apartment building non-stop, in search of customers. I knew there were various prostitution rings in Fintas, but had no idea that one of them was being run out of a Chinese restaurant.

P.S. The last story reminds me of a few months ago, when driving through the Mangaf Sultan Center’s parking lot, I saw a Chinese prostitute in a mini skirt and knee length boots, searching for a customer. In was the afternoon and I had both kids in the car with me. Evidently, it’s a hot spot because my husband saw one there as well. At least it was nighttime though.

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Ramadan Tips for Maidless Fools Like Me

September 17, 2007

It isn’t easy coming up with fatoor/sahoor every night, plus clean your house and look after your children. Not easy, no, but doable, yes. Here are a few fatoor tips off the top of my head to help those of you who are crazy enough to live without hired help.

  • Ziploc bags and your freezer will become your best friends. When you make soup, double the portion. Ladle out what you’ll need for the night and then freeze the rest in ziploc bags and lay them flat in your freezer. To make it easier on yourself, you could freeze them in specific portions, so you know how much you have in each bag. I wouldn’t recommend freezing soup containing dairy so make the soup up until the point where you would add the cream/milk/whatever, and then freeze it as is. Defrosting is easy. Place the bag in a bowl and let it defrost enough for you to get the soup out of the bag, then pop into a microwave-safe bowl and nuke it or place in a pot on your stove-top. If the soup requires dairy, wait until hot, then add.
  • You can also freeze things like sambosa, eggrolls, kibbe, etc. Just make sure you freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet first, then place in freezer bag.
  • Marag for tashreeba does well in the fridge for a few days. In fact, I think it tastes better on the second day. Gives the flavors a chance to develop even more than when it was fresh.
  • Buy a Dustbuster. These things are great for quickly sucking up all the breadcrumbs or other tidbits from the floor beneath the table.
  • Use a large microfiber cloth and a squeegee mop to clean the floor around the table. Wet the cloth in the sink with hot water, ring it out. Spray some disinfectant floor cleaner onto the cloth, drape over the squeegee part and wash the floor this way. This is for nightly use, once a week do the proper hot water/cleaner in bucket with string mop thing.
  • Face it, you’ll be in the kitchen a lot this month. If you have children, get them involved in the cooking process. They’ll love it and it’s educational. If they’re too young to help, bring some toys into the kitchen to keep them occupied.
  • Don’t get bored. Invest in a stereo system and/or television for your kitchen. I love cooking while listening to music.
  • Fill the sink up with hot soapy water and clean as you go along. If you have a double sink, use the other sink to rinse off dishes and put them straight away into the dishwasher. This saves a massive mess at the end of fatoor. And who wants to deal with a dirty kitchen with a full tummy? Not me.
  • Give yourself a break and eat out once a week. (But not at Applebees in Abu Halifa. They’re closed for renovation as we found out at 6PM last Friday night.)
  • There are lots of cookbooks and online recipes that feature meals made in thirty minutes or less.

If any of you out there have more tips, please share them in the comment section.