Thursday, December 31, 2009

My favorite desert and Tea Time snack

Asalam Alaikum,
Jelebis are my absolute favorite sweet snack. They are sort of like a funnel cake that you find at a fair, but after being fried they are immersed in a cardamom flavored sugar syrup. The outside stays crispy but the inside soaks up the syrup. Sometimes they are a light brown color and sometimes food coloring is added to make them a bright orange.

When we were still in the US it was possible to find jelebis but they weren't always very fresh(although I couldn't tell, they tasted great to me). When we got to Abu Dhabi it was a bit easier to find them but the Tariq kept saying to wait because the jelebis in Pakistan were better. The first time I had a jelebi in Pakistan I couldn't believe how delicious it was. Here in Karachi jelebis are freshly made in the afternoons just before Tea Time, so when Tariq brings them they are crispy and hot.

Here is my favorite Tea Time snack-a hot cup of chai, some poppers(another day another post, InshAllah), and of course jelebis-

Monday, December 28, 2009

Flowers on our Anniversary

Asalam Alaikum,


Yesterday was our official Third Anniversary. To celebrate we went out to dinner, then went for ice cream. On the way from dinner to the ice cream parlor Tariq stopped at one of the flower shops and bought me some gajra for my wrists, and a rose. The scent is wonderful! The white flowers in the gajra are jasmine and the red are roses. The ice cream was delicious, chocolate swirl with chocolate coating MMMMM!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mutti Ki Handi

Asalam Alaikum,
A mutti ki handi is a clay cooking pot. In our house here in Pakistan we have two, and strangely I am the only one who uses them. My family sees them as old fashioned and prefers to use a regular steel pot. I think they are very pretty. They usually have some sort of design painted around the rim, the top half of the outside and the whole inside is glazed. Here is a picture of one of our handi-


The mutti ki handi has three pieces. The main cooking pot has a round base, and comes with a stand to rest it in(bottom right) so that it doesn't roll around, and also a lid(bottom left).

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

FINALLY!

Asalam Alaikum,
I have been working on the DHs socks for almost a year and a half, and just finished the first one.


Part of the problem is that it is just so plain, I can only work a couple of rows before getting bored. Also the yarn is finer than most sock yarn that I have seen, and he has really big feet.

Any bets on how long the second will take?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Some really quick FO's

Asalam Alaikum,
Here are three little projects that were finished in almost no time. The first was a hat for the DH-
He wanted a beanie that was fairly tight, with a greek key pattern. I couldn't find any pattern that fit right, so I just charted up the greek key and made up my own pattern(I am thinking of writing it up and posting it, we'll see though because I have to make another to test it)

The second was a pair of mittens for the baby-
Pattern-Mitered Mittens
Yarn-Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted
Time-about 3 hours total

And third was a hat for the baby to match the mittens-

Pattern-The Ganomy Hat
Yarn-Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted
Time-about 4 hours total

Whats Up with all the Shouting?

Asalam Alaikum,
When I first came to Pakistan, all during the day I heard men walking up and down the street shouting all sorts of things. I thought it was pretty strange at first, and every time I heard someone I would ask my husband or my SIL what the man was saying. It turned out that they are like door-to-door salesman. They walk up and down the streets shouting out what ever food/service they are selling, then you come to your door and buy what you need.
There are fruit sellers, "Kayla, Seb wala!"(Banana and apple seller)-
Vegetable sellers-"Sabzi Wala!"

"Timatar aur Khira, pandra rupe kilo!"(Tomato and cuccumber, 15 rupees a kilo)
The Milk Man, or Dudh wala, he doesn't shout, but goes only to those houses on his route and rings the bell. You give him your milk boiling pot, or a jug and he gives you a kilo(or however much you normally get) and he brings your bill at the end of the month.
There are Snack Wale-They also don't shout but usually have a tape playing, kind of like an Ice cream truck. This is a popcorn wala-

And this is a Gol Guppa(pani puri) wala-

I have learned how to make these at home, but rarely do, because it is a lot of work to make enough puri for the whole family!

This is the "Teen Dubba Wala!" -

He is like the neighborhood recycling man, he walks through the streets and you give him old newspapers, plastic bottles, old dishes, tin cans(basically anything reusable/recyclable) and he gives you a couple of Rupees by the weight of whatever you give him.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Birdwatcher?

Asalam Alaikum,
One of the things that I enjoy very much about being in Pakistan is going up to our roof and watching the birds.
I am so used to seeing American crows that are all black, but this type is mostly black except for the neck and chest which are grey(Firefox tells me I spelled that wrong, but Google says its OK)

These are some sort of Hawk that like to hang out on a nearby cell tower.


This is a bird that landed on a roof across the street from us, and I thought that by the time I turned the camera on he would be gone, but he stayed for a couple of minutes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Updating the Wips

Asalam Alaikum,
I finally made myself sit and take some picture of a couple of Wips for a little update.
First up, the Forever Socks that I am knitting for the DH-

It has been more than a year, and I haven't even finished the first sock! The excitement of Socktober helped a bit, but in the end I think that I am just going to have to accept that these are a LOOOOONG term project. I will just keep chugging away when ever I get the chance.
Then the Tasha bag from Knitty-


And finally I just cast-on a new hat that the DH has been bugging me for-

The colors are all off, I am going to try to get some decent pictures tomorrow in a natural light.