Monthly Archives: November 2012

Az-Zaahir – The Manifest One

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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Islam


A Year of Magical Eating


Now, I’ve always been what I call a healthful eater, having been brought up by a mother with a degree in “Food Sciences” (well, that’s what they called it in the ’50’s) who drummed  Canada’s Food Guide into us at an early age.  We were always aware what a balanced meal was: protein, starch, vegetable.  No time was this more clear than when it came to objecting to my young sister’s and my more questionable meal requests.  For a time, my mother taught a dubiously titled “Foods for Health” night school cooking class with a friend,  for which our family was the guinea-pig recipe tester.  I believe that’s where I got my first taste for millet, if in fact that’s possible.   In university, my housemates knew me as the one who always made sure we ate our vegetables.  And my husband will attest that I’ve certain broadened his vegetative horizons…

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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


happy birthday.

The Glitter Life

Happy Thursday, glitter girls!

No, it’s not our birthday. BUT we couldn’t resist sharing this super cute and delicious recipe for birthday cake pancakes. Thanks to Pennies on a Platter for sharing!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Serving Size: 2 pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (1.75 oz bottle) sprinkles
For the icing (optional):
  • Whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar

Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, cake mix, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt; set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a whisk. Add the milk, butter and…

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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


Vanzi Thanksgiving Chestnut Stuffing

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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


186 Cookbooks: Revisiting with second and third thoughts

A Number of Things

Some months ago, I finally noticed that I have a lot of cookbooks. (I think – no, I know – the count is actually higher than 186 of them, but that was the first number I came up with, and “186” is funnier than “around 200”.) So I decided to weed them out by testing one recipe from each; if the recipe was a success, the cookbook stays, and if not it has to find a new home.

Well, this post is about a followup. A while ago I tried a cookie recipe from one of my stranger cookbooks, and decided it was a keeper after all. I also decided I wanted one of its cakes for my birthday. That was two weeks ago, and for a series of boring reasons I never did get around to having a birthday cake – so I inflicted it on my husband…

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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


Andy Stratton: 50 Shades of WordPress

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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


Islamic Treasures at the Louvre


A trip to Paris these days is not complete without visiting the new Islamic wing of the Louvre. Inaugurated by President Francois Hollande end of September this year, the $131 million project was funded by the French government and supported by handsome endowments from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, Oman and Azerbaijan. Although we found the ceiling height of the main floor to be too low, we were impressed by the overall look and presentation. Lots of mosaics, carpets, and objects are on view, but not so much of works on paper.

One of the objects we found fascinating is this 18th century fly-whisk adorned with precious stones! And there was this Goldsmith’s work box from 1709. One main wall was devoted to beautiful examples of Turkish ceramic tiles from Iznik and Kütahya, 16th-19th century. You can read more about the Islamic wing in this NY Times article.

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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized