Foul or Ful


Ful, a hearty dish made from fava beans, is an everyday food across the Middle East, but is unknown to most Westerners. Ful is most associated with Egypt, which considers it their national dish, typically eaten for breakfast, but also any time of day as a dip, a main dish or sandwich filling. 
Some consider ful a “dish of the poor,” but there’s nothing poor about its nutrition or flavor, which is tart, pungent, and earthy, enhanced with lemon and garlic. A peasant dish eaten in the street and the home, ful also appears as a mezze plate in expensive restaurants. 
Ful: it’s not only healthy and delicious, but a great dish for those in a hurry, on a budget or who need something filling. It offers a tasty alternative to hummus, which has become a been-there-done-that food. 
Egyptians traditionally cook fava beans for hours over a low flame in an idra, a special pot which tapers to a narrow neck. Egyptian street vendors prepare and serve ful in this way. However, it seems most home cooks today prepare ful in a saucepan on the stove. 
The variations for ful are endless. Fava beans can be puréed, mashed or left with the beans intact. The seasonings vary widely from cumin to paprika and chili powder. Those who like a kick will add cayenne pepper or finely diced hot chilies. Lebanese and Palestinians often add chick peas. 
The standard garnishes are olive oil, tomatoes and fresh parsley. Additional toppings on the side can include: chopped onions, fresh mint, radishes, tahini, or hard-cooked or fried eggs. There is no one right way to make this dish. 

Fava Beans
Fava beans, also known as broad beans, are a staple in much of the world. The beans come encased in long fat green pods. Fava beans vary in size from ½ inch to a full inch. The large greenish beans require longer soaking and cooking and need to have their skins removed. What we are concerned with here are the small brown beans, the ones commonly used for this dish. The beans are labeled in a variety of ways.
Below is a recipe for Ful Medammes, the most common and basic way to serve ful. Some cooks will want to soak dried beans overnight while spontaneous cooks will prefer to open a can.  The recipe includes directions for both. Proportions are not precise; cook according to your taste and preference.

FUL MEDAMMES
Serves 4 as a side dish
Ingredients
1 can (14 oz. / 450 g) fava beans (ful medammes) or 1 cup small dried fava beans
1 teaspoon baking soda (for dried beans only)
2 cloves garlic, pressed
½ teaspoon cumin
juice from 1 lemon
salt
1 tomato, chopped
olive oil
tahini
¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

Method
  1. Prepare the beans. For dried fava beans: sort and soak overnight in 3 cups water with baking soda. The next day, rinse and cover with fresh un-salted water in large saucepan. Cover and simmer gently about 1 hour or until beans are soft enough to mash. Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary. For canned fava beans: heat the can of beans (including liquid) gently in large saucepan until boiling. Simmer on low for 10 minutes to heat through. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix the pressed garlic with the cumin, lemon juice, and salt (½ t salt with canned beans, more for dried).
  3. Remove the fava beans with a slotted spoon and transfer to mixing bowl. Partially mash the bean mixture with fork or pestle, leaving some or most beans intact. Add the lemon juice mixture and gently stir in. Add more cooking liquid if necessary, keeping the beans wet but not soupy. Taste and add more salt or lemon juice if necessary.
  4. Transfer the ful to a shallow serving dish. Top with chopped tomatoes and a generous drizzle of olive oil and tahini. Finish with the chopped parsley.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature with sweet tea and fresh pita bread.  Optional additions on the side: extra lemon wedges, chopped onion, sliced cucumber, chopped green pepper, fresh mint, crumbled feta cheese and eggs.

Sunday Song

Cinderella

godiz - I used to have this kind of necklace in gold when i was little... no clue why i don't have it still? Just got this silver one that i've ordered... considering buying a gold or a rose/gold name-necklace as well. A great gift to give that someone special.

If You Really Knew Me

You would know that...
I can't stand!!! the little tree's car fresheners. 

Good Evening

FAF - Did You Know...

A male Gentoo Penguin will "propose" to a female by presenting her with the smoothest pebble he can find. If she
accepts it, she places it in her nest and takes him as her mate!

Exfoliation

Exfoliation is the removal of the dead skin cells sitting on the skin's outermost surface. Exfoliation leaves the skin smoother and fresher looking, and makes it easier for facial and body products to penetrate. However, it is easy to overdo it at home, especially on your face, with overzealous scrubbing.  

Why Is Exfoliation Important?

The skin is constantly generating new skin cells at the lower layer (the dermis) and sending them to the surface (the epidermis). As the cells rise to the surface they gradually die and become filled with keratin. These keratinized skin cells are essential because they give our skin its protective quality.
But they are constantly sloughing off to make way for younger cells.
As we age the process of cell turnover slows down. Cells start to pile up unevenly on the skin's surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance. Exfoliation is beneficial because it removes those cells that are clinging on, revealing the fresher, younger skin cells below.
It is possible, however, to overexfoliate, especially on the delicate skin of the face. Overexfoliating will dry and irritate the skin.

What You Should Know About Facial Exfoliation:

  • Be extra careful with the delicate skin of your face.
  • It's easy to overexfoliate. You should be especially cautious if you have sensitive or aging skin.
  • Don't overexfoliate, especially in summer or in very sunny climates. You're making it easier for your skin to be damaged by the sun.
  • Never use body scrubs on the face. They're too rough.
  • Be very careful with peels. You can remove too much of your protective layer. 
  • Again, be careful about going out in the sun afterwards, or doing it in summer.
  • Never wax if you've had a peel recently. 
What You Should Know About Body Exfoliation:

  • You can use a body scrub once or twice a week with no problem.
  • Body brushing every morning is a gentle way to exfoliate -- and wake up!

How to exfoliate

Supplies:


  • Exfoliating cleanser
  • Loofah, body brush or exfoliating gloves
  • Pumice stone
  • Body lotion


Instructions:

  1. Before stepping into the shower, brush your dry skin with your loofah, body brush or exfoliating gloves. This will help remove the loose skin and prepare your skin for the exfoliating process. Begin with the soles of your feet, working your way up your body.
  2. Get into the shower and wet your body from head to toe. Don't exfoliate your skin if you are sunburned or have any open cuts or wounds.
  3. Use a pumice stone on your feet to eliminate rough spots and calluses. If your feet are extremely rough, soak them in a basin of warm water mixed with a cup of milk for 30 minutes before getting into the shower.
  4. Apply your exfoliating cleanser to your loofah or gloves. Begin scrubbing your body in a circular motion starting with the bottoms of your feet and working your way up. When you reach the bikini area, don't scrub too hard because the skin is very sensitive.
  5. Use a body brush to exfoliate your back and other hard-to-reach places.
  6. Be gentle on your face, particularly around your eyes and mouth. Use an exfoliating product especially formulated for the face, which is gentler than products designed to be used on the body.
  7. Don't forget about your hands. You want them to look and feel soft and smooth too!
  8. Rinse your body with lukewarm water, and follow with the coldest water you can stand.
  9. After stepping out of the shower, apply a moisturizing body lotion all over. Body lotions and facial moisturizers containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids are ideal choices because these acids continue to remove dead skin cells.
  10. Use body moisturizer once a day. Exfoliation is drying to the skin, so you must keep your skin hydrated. 

NATURAL EXFOLIANTS

BAKING SODA

Baking soda is a favorite among many. Exfoliate your face with baking soda, rub about a tablespoon of it on your face in a circular motion, rinse, then wash your face with a natural soap.Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is the main ingredient in many expensive exfoliation products. Be sure to use a natural baking soda like. You can also use baking soda in your toothpaste and deodorant.

SUGAR

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid boosts new cell production and breaks down the protein that keeps the dead cells hanging onto your skin. Pure can sugar crystals work best. Mix the sugar crystals with your favorite massage oil olive, jojoba, grapeseed, almond etc.) to make a paste. Scrub on your face/body in a circular motion, rinse, wash as usual.

SEA SALT

Sea salt is full of trace minerals that rejuvenate your skin, stimulate cell growth, and help your skin retail moisture. A sea salt scrub is great for dry skin. Mix with lavender essential oil and/or your favorite massage oil to make a paste. Scrub on your face/body in a circular motion, rinse, wash as usual.

OATMEAL

Oatmeal is a very gentle exfoliant, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and is very moisturizing. Mix finely ground oatmeal with honey and/or kefir (you can also use yogurt or buttermilk). Scrub on your face in a circular motion, let sit for 15-30 minutes, rinse, wash as usual.



KEFIR

Kefir is like yogurt, but with a lot more beneficial bacteria (about 40 times more). You can use yogurt and still see benefits, but you will see better results using kefir. Kefir is a natural source of lactic acid that hydrates and soothes your skin. Apply to your face and let sit for 15-30 minutes, rinse, wash as usual. Your skin will be so soft and smoothe for several days.

HONEY

Raw honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. It kills skin infections, including acne. Honey reduces inflammation and hydrates. Honey can be mixed with any of the other exfoliants mentioned here to boost the antioxidant and anti-bacterial benefits. You can use it in your daily routine to get rid of acne.
godiz - Search for more Natural home-made exfoliants, these are just a few tips on some basic ones.

When We Ride

godiz Congrats to my lil bro over there in Cyprus who got his drivers license TODAAAYYY! YAAAYE!


Straight Outta Shower

godiz - It's time to prep your winter skin for summer...

The Lord's Prayer (Aaramaic)


Abun d-bashmayo
nithqadash shmokh
tithe malkuthokh
nehwe sebyonokh
aykano d-bashmayo oph bar`o
hab lan lahmo d-sunqonan yowmono
washbuq lan hawbayn wahtohayn
aykano doph hnan shbaqan l-hayobayn
lo ta`lan l-nesyuno
elo paso lan men bisho

metul d-dylokh hi malkutho
whaylo wteshbuhto
l`olam `olmin
Amin

http://sor.cua.edu/Liturgy/Common/Abundbashmayo.html

Knock! Knock!

"Fear knocked at the door, Faith answered and there was nobody there."

Bakery Shop

godiz - Nothing tastier than some fresh baked bread and some good cheese :-)