Oven Baked Chicken Recipe

Oven Baked Chicken Recipe

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Here is an easy lunch/dinner recipe to go to when you want something healthy and easy. You can serve it with salad or Zereshk polo (barberry rice) or plain rice or anything really!

Evenly spread a layer of drumsticks, alternating so that you can fit in as many as possible into your oven-safe dish. I use a big-size Pyrex. Season with salt, pepper, fried onions, turmeric, ginger, saffron, and lime juice. Then cover with foil and bake in the oven at 325 degrees Farenheit for 1.5-2.5 hours. Make sure to check on your chicken half-way and spread the juices onto the chicken. It’s that simple 🙂 Noosheh jan konid! (Bon a petit!)

 

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Mankind versus Gorilla

Mankind versus Gorilla

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I can’t keep silent anymore! Ok, who am I kidding. I have never been silent. But I can’t watch the epidemic spread of hate over an accident that was unfortunate. I really despise all the judgement and hate towards the parent and innocent child. It’s what’s wrong with our society. We are quick to hide behind our screens and point fingers at others. I agree that we should all watch our children. I also believe that accidents happen. Don’t forget that we are also responsible as a society and as a whole. Where were all the other adults who were quick to videotape the incident? Could they have not prevented this? Could they not have helped a mother who may have not had her eyes on one of her children for a moment. It’s unfortunate that a gorilla, and an endangered species at that, was hurt and killed. But it was to prevent the death of a child. You have to put yourself in the mother’s shoes. If God forbid your child was the one who fell in or climbed in and fell in, what would you want done? Would you want your child sacrificed for the gorilla’s sake?
They say that we are the best parents until we actually become one. It is true! For those who don’t have children, I can understand how they are quick to jump the gun, no pun intended, and point at the mother. But once you become a mother I would have expected empathy and understanding for the mother and child in this situation.
I will never understand people who fight for animal rights but are quick to step on human rights.
Another issue this brings up is the old saying, “it takes a village to raise children”. It really does take a village and other people caring and watching out. We no longer have that village in our busy and self-loving and self-righteous society. We are too busy taking selfies, trolling our messages of hate on the internet, and judging to lend a helping hand. In this scenario, the bystanders should have also meddled. We love to meddle when it causes trouble, but what about meddling for a good cause?
Let’s think about this a little and please feel free to voice your opinion and thoughts and keep it civil please.
‪#‎CincinnatiZoo‬ ‪#‎Gorilla‬

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/29/us/cincinnati-zoo-gorilla-shot/index.html

‪#‎WhatHappenedToHumanity‬ ‪#‎WhatHappenedToHavingAVillag‬e

 

Humility

Humility

I will be using this as an opener in my math class to review inverse proportions and to simultaneously teach them a lesson in life that sadly many adults today seemed to have missed. Ego and knowledge have an inverse relationship. Often you will find that the most arrogant and egotistic people are the ones who have the least to offer everybody. Therefore one must not be annoyed by such arrogance but use it to detect the shortcomings of such a person. We have a beautiful saying in Persian that is synonymous with this: “derakht har cheh por baar tar, oftaadeh tar” درخت هر چه پربارتر، افتاده تر. Loosely translated it means that the more fruitful a tree, the more down-to-earth it is. ‪#‎PersianMomma‬ ‪#‎LifeLessons‬ ‪#‎MathLessons‬ ‪#‎Humility‬

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The Problem With Society Today

The Problem With Society Today

I can’t keep silent anymore! Ok, who am I kidding. I have never been silent. But I can’t watch the epidemic spread of hate over an accident that was unfortunate. I really despise all the judgement and hate towards the parent and innocent child. It’s what’s wrong with our society. We are quick to hide behind our screens and point fingers at others. I agree that we should all watch our children. I also believe that accidents happen. Don’t forget that we are also responsible as a society and as a whole. Where were all the other adults who were quick to videotape the incident? Could they have not prevented this? Could they not have helped a mother who may have not had her eyes on one of her children for a moment. It’s unfortunate that a gorilla, and an endangered species at that, was hurt and killed. But it was to prevent the death of a child. You have to put yourself in the mother’s shoes. If God forbid your child was the one who fell in or climbed in and fell in, what would you want done? Would you want your child sacrificed for the gorilla’s sake?
They say that we are the best parents until we actually become one. It is true! For those who don’t have children, I can understand how they are quick to jump the gun, no pun intended, and point at the mother. But once you become a mother I would have expected empathy and understanding for the mother and child in this situation.
I will never understand people who fight for animal rights but are quick to step on human rights.
Another issue this brings up is the old saying, “it takes a village to raise children”. It really does take a village and other people caring and watching out. We no longer have that village in our busy and self-loving and self-righteous society. We are too busy taking selfies, trolling our messages of hate on the internet, and judging to lend a helping hand. In this scenario, the bystanders should have also meddled. We love to meddle when it causes trouble, but what about meddling for a good cause?
Let’s think about this a little and please feel free to voice your opinion and thoughts and keep it civil please.
‪#‎CincinnatiZoo‬ ‪#‎Gorilla‬
‪#‎WhatHappenedToHumanity‬ ‪#‎WhatHappenedToHavingAVillage‬
http://www.cnn.com/…/us/cincinnati-zoo-gorilla-s…/index.html

Persian Momma balls

Persian Momma balls

Ever wondered how you can be more ballsy? Well, Well, look no further, all you need are the following ingredients:

  1. Pitted Medjool Dates (about 10 pitted dates)
  2. 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut (optional)
  3. 2 Tbsp of hemp seed
  4. a handful of walnuts
  5. 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1 Tbsp of oats (mine also have flax seed in them)

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Put all the ingredients into a food processor, process away, and make into bite-sized energy balls 🙂 Noosheh jan konid 🙂 These stay well in the fridge and in the freezer. So you could make a big batch or just a few to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

Koofteh (Persian Herb Meatballs)

Koofteh (Persian Herb Meatballs)

Koofteh, in my opinion, is of the healthiest protein-packed Persian dishes that is both satisfying and good for you. It can be enjoyed with a side of fresh herbs, bread, and plain yogurt.

Ingredients:
2 lbs Ground Beef (I always use Organic) گوشت چرخ کرده
1/4 cup Chickpea Flour آرد نخودچی
1/4 cup Barberries زرشک
2 Eggs تخم مرغ
1 cup Dried Koofteh Herbs سبزی خشک کوفته
1/2 cup Rice برنج
1/2 cup Split yellow peas لپه
Persian Golden Prunes آلو
Salt and Pepper to taste نمک و فلفل
1 Tbsp Cinnamon دار چین
1 Tbsp Turmeric زرد چوبه
1/2 cup Fried Onions پیاز داغ
1 sheet of Prune Fruit Leather (Lavashak) لواشک آلو – this is optional but it’s what makes my sauce so delicious!
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste رب گوجه

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PREP:

Soak and rinse the rice and split yellow peas, then cook them in a pot together with some salt and turmeric. Once they are fully cook, drain the excess water and allow to fully cool. You are going to add this to the meat mixture and need it to be fully cooled down.

Meanwhile, remove any stems or rocks from the barberries and wash and rinse them thoroughly and drain them from any excess water.

Wash and rinse your golden prunes. These often have dirt and particles in them so washing them will be important. I soak mine for about 5 mins.

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FOR THE SAUCE:
In a big pot, add 3 cups of water, the tomato paste, the rinsed prunes, the lavashak (fruit leather), fried onions and bring to a boil. Season with a generous amount of salt.

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MEAT MIXTURE:
In a mixing bowl, mix the meat, chickpea flour, raw eggs, herbs, barberries, and the cooked rice and split peas mixture. Season with some salt, pepper and cinnamon and roll them into palm-sized meatballs.

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Allow them to fully cook and simmer in the sauce for about an hour or until the meat is fully cooked and enjoy!

Persian Rose Water Roulade رولت

Persian Rose Water Roulade رولت

This Persian roulade is one of my favorite desserts and this specific recipe is from a dear and talented friend who graciously let me share her mouth watering delicacy with you all. Thank you Janny!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 eggs
  • 8 Tbs flour
  • 8 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

WHIP CREAM:

  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp rose water

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Separate the egg whites and the yolks. Beat the yolks with sugar till the  mixture becomes white. Add the flour to mixture of yolks and sugar and mix well.

Separately beat the whites till they are puffy and stiff. Fold the egg whites into your mixture. It is important to use a spatula and use the proper folding technique.

Pour the batter in a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes.

After it has cooled down a bit, sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar to your cake and roll your roulade to it’s desired shape and tightness and let it cool further. The powdered sugar will prevent the cake from sticking to itself. While it is cooling prepare your whip cream by beating the whip cream and powdered sugar and rose water. You can adjust the rose water and sugar to match your desired level of sweetness and aroma.

Unwrap your roulade, making sure it has fully cooled down (you can even transfer it to the fridge to expedite the cooling) and add the whip cream and re-roll the roulade.

You can then use the remaining whip cream to decorate the outside of the roulade and sprinkle cocoa powder or powdered sugar for a beautiful effect. You can even top it off with a beautiful strawberry garnish.

!نوش جان کنید. Noosheh jan konid! Enjoy! #PersianRoulade #RoseWater #PersianMomma

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Friends and Friendship

Friends and Friendship
Friends play such an important role in our lives. They say that you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Lucky for me this is my family and truly good friends who I look up to and value deeply.
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The role of friendship is even more important for children. Friends help shape their personality and future. It directs their choices. It also helps them deal with social challenges and learn to grow from it. Be aware of the friends your children choose and also set a good example. I have seen ever so often “friends” who sit and talk behind each others’ backs. This is not friendship and should not be something your endorse, tolerate, or surround yourself or your children with. So if you need to tighten your circle to ensure quality over quantity, make sure you do!
 
Each friend fulfills a certain part of us. One friend may be the one we feel most comfortable opening up to, while another may be one that we look to for fun, and another for inspiration and a role model figure in our life. We all have our short comings as human beings. No one is perfect. Striving for perfection can be a goal, but I have yet to meet someone who is perfect. In fact our beauties lie in our slight imperfections, our faults, and how we try to fix them.
A true friend overlooks your shortcomings. They favor your positives over your negatives. Therefore lesson number 1 in friendship is to reciprocate this favor. That being said, obviously when the faults and negatives start over powering the positives, one must reevaluate the friendship and relationship.
 
Life is too short to waste on people who don’t complete or complement you and don’t provide anything positive to you. So choose wisely and lead your children by example. Don’t spend time with people you don’t really want to spend time with. 
#friendship #دوستی‌

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving and the holidays can be an especially lonely time for those whose families live in other countries, those who are struggling financially or physically, or those who have lost loved ones. It reminds us so often of who and what we are missing so dearly in our lives.

So in the spirit of being mindful of others I hope you are able to reach out to someone who may be alone or struggling or sad and tell them how much they mean to you and lift them up with your kindness and acknowledgement of their presence. Perhaps even invite them over or bake them something nice!

When some ask me about why I had three children, I jokingly tell them that because I don’t have much family in the states, I had to make my own. There is a lot of truth to that joke. I always felt the sadness of being away from my family especially during the holidays. And despite having made my own family, the sadness still tugs at my heart from time to time.

This year I have decided to treat my own little family to a Thanksgiving feast. Who more deserving of the fine china, flowers, candles, and feast than the ones I love the most and who support me and love me back the most?

I am thankful for many many things as each day is a gift and one I cherish deeply. That said, it’s the perfect time to thank YOU! Thank you for all your likes, shares, and comments! These gestures and your involvement reinforce my belief in strengthening our community one blog post at a time.

#HappyThanksgivingFromPersianMommaToYou #SpreadHolidayCheer

And of course it wouldn’t have a Persian Momma touch if I didn’t add some humor to it, so I have decided to “enhance”my turkey this year with 5 cc sub glandular lemon implants. I am hoping for lots of giggles 😉

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Halloween Science Fun

Halloween Science Fun

 

If you’re looking for a fun science-inspired Halloween experiment with the kids, try making Oobleck together! Never heard of Oobleck before? You’re not alone! The first time I heard about it was when I was in engineering school. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both liquids and solids. If Silly Putty and Slime had a child together, you would end up with Oobleck. You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid. It has to do with the non-linear relationship of shear force and the viscosity of the fluid. Did that make sense? The name oobleck comes from the Dr. Seuss book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

It’s super easy to make. All you need is cornstarch, water, and a little shampoo if you want it to smell good and food coloring if you want to make it a certain color.

  1. Start the food coloring into the water in a bowl or tub and add the cornstarch a bit at a time.
  2. Keep stirring until it has a gooey consistency. You’ll want to use your hands.
  3. Tap your hands and slowly sink yours hands in to feel the difference in consistency when applying different pressures at different speeds. Or if you’ve made a larger quantity in a tub, jump on it and walk slowly on it to feel the difference.