Once I discovered how easy, and more importantly, fun, messing around in the kitchen could be (dis), I started looking into even more “easy” recipes! That’s how I came across the recipe for Elote (also known as Mexican Street Corn).
I was out with the kids again and the youngest was misbehaving. I was already dead tired, but I’ve kinda’ made it a point to dole out swift, if not immediate punishment, when it comes to the kids (so they remember). As such, I dropped her off at home and went right back outside, taking the other two along with me. The youngest was visibly upset at being left out, as intended.
Anywho, I’ve been meaning to get the older two started on wearing antiperspirant/deodorant regularly. They participate in all sorts of water-related activities at Summer Camp, from “Swimming Day” to “Foam Football” (Soccer for the Americans) to regular “Sports Day” all of which involved them showering afterwards over there, and then I get them to shower again back at home, before bed (well, except the eldest, who only washes her body regularly, but her hair every other day, because I don’t think her hair can handle daily washing). Despite the constant showers, the kids can smell a bit… ripe. Also, it’s shaping up to be an exceptionally hot Summer in Kuwait.
So I took them to Sultan Center (Salmiya) where they each got to pick out their own Deodorant. We also stocked up on some snackage (some healthy, but mostly not) and on our way back home, despite being way past their bedtime, decided to made a quick stop at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru on Gulf Road and treat each of them to an Oreo McFlurry (knowing full well that they were going to go back and gloat about it to their younger sister). It was around 2:30am at this point, and yet the beach was packed with families just hanging out! Even the McDonald’s Kiddie Playground (outside) was crowded with kids (of all ages) running around, as happy as you please.
Back home, the youngest was so upset at being left out (most definitely imagining that her brother and sister were out having all kinds of fun, while she was stuck at home) that she chose to stay up and wait for us. As soon as we walked in with bags of
groceries snackage, her eyes widened like saucers and she proceeded to grill her siblings about where they’d gone, what they’d done, etc… The eldest did not miss this opportunity to answer with great relish. It’s been weeks, but the youngest hasn’t misbehaved since!
Like I said in my previous Spotted at Sultan Center post (here), I was hangry, hence the snackage. You know what? Looking at the haulage, it just occurred to me that I kinda’ do shop a lot at Sultan Center, so at this point, I might as well sign up for a Sultan Center Card (to benefit from whatever benefits that come with the Card). Knowing myself, the moment I sign up for the Sultan Center Card, I’d probably move on to Lulu Hypermarket or Carrefour or something, for good lawl Anywho, I picked up some Chips and Dip, some Fruits, a thing of of Caramel Popcorn, a tiny jar of Caviar and some Personal Care stuff (to qualify for the Scratch & Win Promo which I’ll be going over in detail, below).
I love Pick! At one point, I believe it used to be called Pick Yo. In any case, I only turned to Pick (way back in the day) because I was craving some Frozen Yogurt… from Pinkberry (except Pinkberry don’t happen to deliver, at least not to my area). In comes Pick to the rescue! Not only do they serve Frozen Yogurt, but they’ve got all kinds of savory snacks as well (which is a must, for me)! At a very reasonable price point too! The owner is a really intelligent guy who is constantly researching new ways to make Pick even better than it already is (despite the fact that Pick is already pretty great)!
Now, I love Peanut Butter (smooth and creamy, never crunchy) and I love Green Apples (as I’ve stated numerous times on this blog). However, it never occurred to me to ever combine the two. So, I tried the Apple & Peanut Dip from Pick on a whim… and was pretty much floating on Cloud 9 after the first bite! At first, the Green Apple Slices tasted a bit strange. Then, I realized that they’d been doused with orange juice or lemon juice or whatever it is that stops Apples from turning brown. Personally, I’d take the odd taste (it’s not that noticeable, really) over a funky looking Apple, any day of the week! Regardless, the Apple & Peanut Dip combo is bomb! So I had some the next day and the next and the next and so on, until I got sick of the stuff and eventually forgot all about it.
With my more recent health issues (full deets here), I had to start putting healthier food in my mouth so I decided to revisit this old favorite. Green Apples are pretty healthy and I figure Peanut Butter is made from Peanuts so they’ve gotta’ be somewhat healthy as well. As you can see, the Green Apples arrive perfectly sliced, while the Peanut Butter (or Peanut Dip, as they call it) comes in a separate container. You just dip the Slice in the Peanut Butter and nosh away! So yummy!
Now, I’m constantly craving a PB Sandwich (minus the jelly, blech) because the Apple & Peanut Dip has actually rekindled my affection for Peanut Butter in general!
I’ve always loved apples! I enjoy the way they taste. I love the way they smell and honestly, there’s just something I find aesthetically appealing about a ripe, plump, juicy apple. Best of all, apples are incredibly healthy! They help prevent a long list of diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to Cancer. Literally, all Kuwaitis are diabetic and have high blood pressure (which is why it’s kind of an ongoing joke that the two conditions are proof that you’re a true local and is therefore a pre-requisite if you’d like to gain citizenship which is notoriously difficult in Kuwait). Incidentally, apples lower the risk of both diabetes and high blood pressure. Apples even boost immunity as well as detoxify the liver. Apples also help prevent skin cancer, hair loss, wrinkles, puffy eyes, and the list goes on. I’m not saying I’m some sickly old woman with a foot in the grave that relies on apples to heal me. I’m just trying to say that aside from tasting yummy, apples have all these great benefits. Obviously, apples are not magic and do not work instantly. To reap those benefits, you should have an apple or two pretty frequently. Even just munching on an apple can help whiten your teeth, over time! All the pictures in this post are courtesy of Google (read: not mine).
There are many, many different kinds of apples…
that vary in size and sometimes color…
and most importantly, taste.
As such, I favor Granny Smith Apples (green) because they taste the most crisp and tart out of all the other different kinds of apples. I do not enjoy the sweetness of red apples. I also don’t like how soft yellow apples are when I sink my teeth into them. There’s something to be said for that satisfying crunch when you first bite into a Granny Smith Apple. I love the way apples smell, in general, but I especially love the scent of Granny Smith Apples, artificial or otherwise! What I mean by that is I love the smell of products that are apple-scented such as soap, candles, lip gloss, etc… as well as the scent of the actual fruit itself. Also, that vivid green color is simply delightful! It’s just so pleasing to the eyes… or my eyes, at least. I just really really love Granny Smith Apples and except for Lebanese Plums aka Greengage (blogged about here) no other fruit can compare. Aside from both of them being green, greengage and green apples taste tart, crisp, and crunchy, which is why I love them!
This is my favorite fruit of all time! I never actually knew what it was called until recently, when I straight up asked a Lebanese friend of mine, and after searching online for upwards of an hour, he just just asked his mom and she replied all nonchalant “Lebanese Plums“.