I want my Meghli! Give me my Meghli!!!

Today I’m introducing to you all “Meghli “, yeah I know you’re wondering ” What is Meghli anyway?” Well …

I don’t know what you all might think when you hear that a woman just gave birth, but I definitely know what the Lebanese people think. Here in Lebanon when we hear about a birth the first thing that pops into our minds is the yummy ” Mighli” . Someone tells that a neighbor just gave birth, we don’t ask whether it’s a boy or a girl or whether she’s doing fine, we ask ” Is there Mighli?” if the answer is yes we rush to the nearest gift store, buy any gift- doesn’t really matter what the mom needs LOL- we wrap it in a hurry and head directly to the newborn house. We give the gift to the mother, take a quick peek at the baby” Smallah adorable” that’s what we say even if the baby is UUUUUGGGGGGLLLLLLLLYYYYY. LOL. And we sit there waiting for the ” Meghli” ! We nod our heads in approval to any conversation going on, we rub our feet together and almost bite our nails off. LOOOL. I.E Where’s my Meghli people come on I have work, I bought the gift thingy now I want my meghli ! Give me my Meghli 😛

So “Meghli”  is the traditional homemade sweet from the Lebanese cuisine that people honor their guests with for a period of 40 days after a child birth to celebrate his arrival to life healthy and sound and the good health of the mother. It is one of the most delicious sweets that you’ll ever eat! But it is so hard to make that people save it for this special occasion. That’s why in the Lebanese mind this word is related to a child birth! But now times are changing, and people don’t have enough time to spend cooking “Meghli” so a lot of families in Lebanon gave this tradition up, and exchanged it for baby souvenirs .

Now if you are in the mood for some Meghli after reading about it , here’s a recipe for you:

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Number of meals:6

1 cup ground rice, soft
11/2 cup sugar
7 cups water
3 tablespoons caraway small
3 tablespoons small cinnamon
For garnish:
Nuts of all kinds
Grated coconut
How to prepare

1. Put all ingredients in a pot on the fire with constant stirring until boiling.

2. After boiling pot is placed on low heat for a quarter of an hour with constant stirring.

3. When you are done and noted that the mixture has become denser, poured in the cups to cool.

4. Decorate cups
Serve cold.

Bon appetite!!!

How about you? Do you have a traditional food from your country’s cuisine that you make on special occasions?

 

 

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Help! I Think My Brain Is Leaking!!!

I’m totally technology proof! I’m always out of date when it comes to anything having to do with technology. I always catch up late, if ever! And you know all these technological terms that people nowadays use, I don’t understand the majority of it! Talk to me about poetry, and I will love you. About history, and I can go on for hours listing the history of most well-known nations, wars, epidemics… Arts, philosophy, psychology, you name it and I have the needed information. But not technology! That word is so heavy on my ears!

Whenever someone discusses anything related to this subject I feel like the lazy kid who sits in the back of the class, half asleep, with no idea of what the teacher is talking about, praying that she doesn’t ask him any questions!

To make things even worst, my husband is an electron mechanical engineer with a passion for technology! While I surf the net for poetry, literature and philosophy, he surfs it for the latest upgrades, inventions, computer programs! When he manages to download a rare application he’s as happy as a child on a Christmas morning! Some days, he would come home, excited to show me the latest technology he downloaded into his N8( this phone is his spoiled baby boy!) and I start nodding, and saying :” hmm! Wow! “you know like someone who gets it, but in fact I’m not even there! I’d be thinking about my baby’s diaper, or what to have for dinner! And then the deadly questions are asked:

-Do you like it( off course I nod in approval to God knows what!)

-Isn’t it something (I know) ,

-Do you know its a break through in the history of mobile phones ( yes, I know),

-What was I talking about (I don’t know!)

Yesterday I made him a nice dinner, gave him a neck massage, and then after I made sure his tummy is filled and his nerves are relaxed, I asked for a new laptop.

“Sure” he said.”what kind of laptops would you like

I was about to say “the kind that has a screen, a keyboard and can get me online faster than this old thing I have now” but I knew I’ll just sound stupid!

“You’re the expert, which do you recommend”

And all I remember after my question, was hearing all sort of names, types, features which I understand nothing about! I even thought “why did I have to ask! My laptop is just fine! sure its 4 years old, and very slow, but it’s just fine!

What Is wrong with my brain! why can’t I comprehend anything related to this subject! When my husband tells me that my computer has a virus, I feel sad as if its sick and I wish I could make it a warm cup of tea and give it two tablets of Panadol, maybe it will feel better! but then I remember it’s a machine that we’re talking about!

Another embarrassing thing about me, is that I have the memory of a fish!!! ( you know fish’s memory is wiped out every 5 seconds) especially when it comes to the names of pharmaceutical drugs! before our monthly visit to my daughter’s doctor I memorize the names of the drugs I’m giving her just like a student getting ready to take a difficult exam! But once that red hair man asks me: what did you give her for her ear’s infection, or for her tummy pain I black out ! “ehhhhhhh, ehhhhhhhhhh, ehhhh I squeeze my brain, but I can’t remember! I give my husband that desperate look that says : Help! and my hero runs to the rescue. Thanks God he has a good memory!

I’m starting to think I have a brain leak !

The positive side of this matter is that I don’t remember fighting with people! I would have had a dreadful fight with someone and two days later I greet them and talk to them as if nothing has  happened. At first people used to be surprised, but now they know me well, and it’s something they like about me (especially my mother in law!)