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En helt vanlig onsdag…

…efter jobbet träffade jag Adde i Sundbyberg och så åkte vi till till Solna för att hjälpa Wilderbeast att flytta. Men först åkte vi förbi Donken och hämtade lite mat.
IMG_1393Först lite mat i flyttkaoset, men eftersom Wilderbeast hade plockat i ordning ganska mycket så det var bara de stora möblerna kvar att flytta.
IMG_1394 Adde och jag åkte sedan hem i Stockholmstrafiken.IMG_1396 När vi lastat av kärran så åkte vi in till stan för att handla lite. Men vi tog en fika först…IMG_1397Min första latte på väldigt länge eftersom jag tror att min mage inte riktigt klarar av kaffe just nu.
IMG_1398 Gott gott gott och så finaste Adde som alltid fixar min mugg =)IMG_1399Och så blev det sushi till middag…
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Iftar

10 juli 2013

Idag var det första dagen av Ramadan. Och eftersom mamma fastar blev det en riktigt Iftar (betyder frukost, alltså frukost efter dagens fasta – fast i vårt fall blir det ju middag). Vi samlades hela familjen och Hansson som var på snabbvisit runt middagsbordet och kl 17.12 (i enlighet med Dubai-tid där mamma och pappa bor för tillfället) var det dags att bryta fastan. Och det är ju lite av en procedur eller egentligen så är det bara så att man äter lite annorlunda mat just under Ramadan.

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Och till efterrätt blev det Aátayif – en söt pannkaksliknande knyte som är fyllt med antigen nötter eller vaniljcustard och sedan friterad. När den är friterad så häller man över en sockerlag. Mycket sött och mycket gott. 20130715-175958.jpg

En riktig Iftar att börja första dagen av Ramadan. Och det var riktigt mysigt att få dela den med mamma i år. Det var länge sen sist =)

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Pappas födelsedagsfrukost

I lördags fyllde min pappa år. Och som vanligt varje 29 juni så var det strålande sol och en riktigt varm sommar dag. I min familj brukar vi vakna tidigt och väcka födelsedagsbarnet med sång, presenter och tårta på sängen, men eftersom pappa fortfarande är på Dubai tid innebär det att vi skulle behöva gå upp kl 03, och det känns lite sådär =$ Men istället hade Adde pratat ihop sig med Wilderbeast och Ove och dom åkte och spelade en 9-håls runda strax innan 6 på morgonen. Så när de kom tillbaka hade mamma och jag fixat frukost och var redo att fira Pappa.

Dads birthday breakfast was ready for him when he got back from a golf game with Andy, Wilderbeast and Ove. Mom and I had prepared the breakfast, presents and baked bread. A nice way to start off Dads birthday celebration. 

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Paketen låg uppradade och väntade på jubilaren.

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Mamma bakade småfrallor som inte behövde jäsa, så det gick riktigt snabbt vilket är skönt.

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De blev väldigt goda, enkla men goda.

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Jag gjorde finmackor med ost/skinka och ost/omelett.

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Och pappa blev glad för sina presenter och vi satt länge i morgonsolen och njöt av att vara tillsammans. Och att det var sommar och att vi skulle få finbesök och att få fira pappa ordentligt!

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Egypt 2012 day 13

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I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enjoy the post even though they are “slightly” late =) 

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More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

January 2 nd

Our last day in Egypt for this time and we were really happy that we’d had a great trip but also sad since we were going home. Andy and I both like Cairo and Egypt alot and miss our family and friends quite a bit. But that is the way the cookie crumbles for us and we’ll just have to be back soon again.

We woke up early and it was quite foggy in the morning. No sight of the pyramid from the balcony this morning. But isn’t the greenery lovely in Maadi?

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We all pilled into the car and drove to my Grandmothers house. She pretty much lives in, what I think is the most Egyptian of Cairo, on Misr-we-Sudan Street. A street were I’ve spent many hours strolling up and down in my youth together with my cousins. Across from her apartment is this mosque, I think it has  very details. And as you can see the weather changed dramatically and we had blue skies as far as the eye can see.

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We were going to eat breakfast together at my Grandmother and Uncle Mimmis house. But my aunt Maha and uncle Mostafa and my cousins Hady and Hadeer also came by to say good by and have a lovely breakfast together. My Grandmother is an amazing cook and had made lots of yummy dishes.

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Aged mish – a cheesemix (strong cheese that has aged in a jar with oil) that is served with tomatoes. Mish is usually made from Roumi cheese whish is a quite strong cheese and therefore becomes quite strong and the tomatoes help to lessen the heat. So good, I could live on this!

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My Grandmothers beautifully pickled olives and vegetables. Spicy, vinegary and crunchy. Lovely with everything. I was luck because my Grandmother let me know how she makes it and the recipe that she uses. I still haven’t tried to make them but I want to. They are delicious.

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Pickled Lift – turnip. This is one of my absolute favorite Egyptian foods. I love Lift!

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Homemade Taymeya – or sometimes called falafel in other countries in the region. But the Egyptian Taymeya is ground broad beens and then fried. So good, piping hot!

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White goats cheese – salty and really creamy.

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Roumi cheese – similar to a parmesan cheese. A big favorite!

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An Egyptian omelette.

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And lots of other good foods. An Egyptian breakfast is really a breakfast full of lots of different tastes and textures as well as sizes and everything is eaten with a lovely flat bread called Baladi. I’d eat Egyptian breakfast every day if I could, it’s the best breakfast I know.

Then it was time to say good bye to everyone and I was going to miss them terribly. They are all such wonderful people and I love being with them. I hope we’ll be back soon again, and that we won’t stay away for another 4 years.

We made our way back home to Maadi and made sure our packing was done as well as spent some last minute time in the sun on the balcony. We were going to meet up with my friends Maha and Mai later on in the afternoon so we took all the chances for sun that we could.

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We met up Maha and Mai as well as the kids Hana, Kenzie and Omar at Beano’s Cafe in Maadi, right by Road 9. It’s a large villa that has been converted to a cafe so i’ts like sitting in someones back garden. Lovely place and highly recommended!

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Lots of room to sit and different arrangements for the most variability. They also have a kids corner with swings and a slide to keep the kids occupied. And if bad weather or to hot outside one can sit inside in the AC.

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We ordered lots of different things and just had a great time talking and just enjoying each others company. Lots of reminising about Malaysia and Egypt as well as letting Andy in on all the bad stuff we have done in our youth =)

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The Vanilla Latté was beautifully smooth. Mmmm!

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A chicken wrap.

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After a few hours of Maha and Mai freezing and Andy and I enjoying the beautiful weather we walked back to the apartment and said our goodbyes to my best of friends. We really enjoy their company and had a great time together.

Time to pack the last things and make sure we were ready to go to the airport later on in the middle of the night. Cause we were taking out My Parents and little Brother for a last Thank You dinner at T.G.I Friday’s.

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We started out with a drink since we has some logistical issues, so I had a Mohijto with my Dad while waiting for Andy, Wilderbeast and Mom to arrive.

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We ordered lots of appitizers and shared. We were stuffed to the teeth after dinner, but it was all worth it =) Friday’s was a resturant athat we oftened visited when living in Malaysia, it was like a little piece of home in a far away place. And since it was kidfriendly My Parents really liked it too. We’d spend hours there on Sundays and it brings back really fond memories… Andy hadn’t been to Friday’s before so I really liked showing him what it was all about. We had some Jalapeno poppers…

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And some huge onion rings…

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As well as a nacho plate…

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And Wilderbeast who ADORES loaded potato skins, was in heaven!

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And some BBQ chicken wings!

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Yummy! And for mains some took burgers…

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…Other Philli-cheese-steak sandwiches…

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And some Fajitas…

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And we spent a few hours just having a lovely time and it really was the best way to end a great vacation, just the 5 of us, enjoying each others company, wigging out and giggling our way through dinner!

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And after dinner we made our way back home to finish the last bits of the packing and sleep a couple of hours before it was time to go to the airport and travel back home…

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Egypt 2012 day 11

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Egypt 2012-2013 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enjoy the post even though they are “slightly” late =) 

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More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

December 31Th

The last day of 2012, wow the year goes fast!

We started out today with lovely homemade Egyptian breakfast, foul, taymeya and roumi cheese. I love! =)

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And then Andy and I took another walk to road 9 for some last minute things.

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Then all of us pilled into the car and drove to my aunts house to see her and her husband. And luckily also my lovely cousin Rehab, her husband Ehab and their lovely boys. We had a lovely time there with lots of laughs and coffee. Perfectly lovely family time.

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We went back home and had beautiful grilled fish for lunch, and then just hung out until the evening when we were to meet up with Maha and Mai + families at Downtown and the Mam’s restaurant to celebrate New Years.

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At Mam’s the place was packed but we packed together and enjoyed our time with lots of yummy food, drinks and happy people. Lots of laughter and joking all night long.

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We smoked Shisha / Water pipe and since I love Shisha and I don’t do it unless I’m in Egypt I was really enjoying my self! =) We celebrated New Years with all our might…

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And when the night became chilly, we piled into cars and drove our way home towards Maadi in the Cairo night…

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An unusual and different New Years celebration than andy and I were used to, but we had a lovely time. Thanks for a really great evening!

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Egypt 2012 day 10

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I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enjoy the post even though they are “slightly” late =) 

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More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

December 30Th

Today has been a dag of leisure, at least for Andy and I. We took the day to do some shopping and have a long walk. We’ve started on the home stretch now and we want to make sure to have time to get everything done. After some shopping and a long walk we ended up at PizzaHut for lunch. Yum!

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A small pizza and a 3-part appetizer was chosen today.

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Then we walked home…

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In the afternoon we all got ready and dressed to be picked up by Maha and the kids so that we could drive out to the Pyramid area and to her mother house. My parents and Maha and Mais parents are best of friends and our families often spend time together since we met in Malaysia. The trip there was very long due to alot of trafic.

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We arrived at their beautiful villa in the Pyramids area when it was dark so unfortunetly I didn’t have time to take a picture and I pretty much let the camera rest and only took a lot of “private” pictures so all the pictures I have from the visit is the dinner. The dinner was wonderful, Tant Nadia is a very good cook.

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We had a wonderful dinner and a really wonderful time with our friends. Lots of laughs and memories. Thank you very much for a lovely evening!

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Egypt 2012 day 9

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I still haven’t been able to post from our trip to Egypt last Christmas. We had a lovely time and I took lots of pictures, but I still haven’t been through all the pictures but now I hope to be able to post some of our doings in Egypt.  I hope you’ll enjoy the post even though they are “slightly” late =) 

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More from our trip to Egypt 2012-2013.

December 29Th

Today we had decided to spend the day with my cousins Shimo and Moe as well as his wife MiniCooper. A day of just hanging out Egyptian-style. Always nice to just have some time to talk and enjoy ourselves.

We, Andy, Wilderbeast and I started out by going to Moe and MiniCooper new apartment. A lovely place with beautiful and throughout design and lots of beautiful pieces to make a beautiful home. Shimo joined us there and we pilled into the cars and left for a breakfast-place in the Rehab-area called Arabiata.

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In the sunshine, oh the beautiful and warm sunshine we ordered breakfast of all the most amazing sorts. Lots of small dishes as well as new dishes even for me. But what a breakfast, real Egyptian food with great flavor can’t really be beat.

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I ordered a Prince – which is Foul (brown beans casserole) that has been oven baked with sausage, cheese and eggs. Yum! All eaten with bread and it was truly delicious!

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A few hours of breakfast in the sunshine with lots of laughs and then we were on our way towards the Nile to take a Faluka ride on the Nile. It’s one of our traditions together with my cousins so of course we wanted to have another go.

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Cairo is a really beautiful city and from the Nile it makes you forget about the hustle and bustle of the city and just embrace the stillness and wonder of the Nile.

After the Faluka ride we made our way to a restaurant that made Syrian Shawerma, I think it was called Ya Mal Al Sham (but I might be mistaken). Andy, Wilderbeast and I love Shawerma and this according to my cousins was the best place for it. And oh my, they were so right! It’s a sit along the side of the road and eat kind of a place and for us that ain’t a problem, we’ve been to worse places. And as long as the food is good, we’re all in…

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After dinner Wilderbeast went back home and the rest of us continued to Old Cairo. It’s a place were I hadn’t been before and i pretty much is what it seems. Inside a large city wall, remains the old Cairo with plenty of beautiful buildings, amazing mosques, really fantastic architecture and a bustling marketplace where one couldn’t stop to see beautiful things. It’s kind of like Khan El Khalili but less touristy, which is always nice! It’s a beautiful spot and I’ll be going there several times in the future and I highly recommend it!

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We had a coffee at a coffee shop and just enjoyed the atmosphere. I loved it!

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Then we said our good byes to my cousins and went back home. A lovely day with my cousins and they are the best! I’m just sad that we live so far apart, but so glad that we can hang out when we are in Egypt. It’s nice to have family that one loves =) Thank you all!

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