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.

Our Family Review of Oznoz

Our Family Review of Oznoz
We have been subscribed to Oznoz for over a month and a half now and I am beyond thrilled with this site, the shows they provide, and the fact that we finally have options in Persian! I have three kids, a daughter and two sons (ages 8, 6, and 4) who are bilingual, with Persian being their second language. My kids go to Persian language classes and are learning to write in Persian. However, as learning any second language can be daunting, these classes are really forced and not that fun for them. So for every assignment they do I reward them with a cartoon from Oznoz over the weekend and they love it! I have even heard them sing the tunes to Hezar va Yek Shab (1001 Nights) around the house. They plead me to watch the shows. This in itself is a great testament to the entertainment Oznoz provides. However, as a parent, entertainment alone is not enough for me to allow them to watch a show. There are certain guidelines I have when allowing my children to watch TV or any show. The show must lack profanity and violence, and be educational or provide an ethical or moral lesson. And thankfully Oznoz seems to have the same guidelines as myself! My kids mostly watch episodes from Mixed Nutz and 1001 Nights. I feel like I’m sneaking in a dose of Persian language through their favorite medium, which is the TV! It’s a win-win for both the parent and child.
I also love the convenience of Oznoz because we have downloaded it to my iPhone and iPad and occasionally stream it to our TV with the use of Apple TV. It’s user-friendly enough that my kids can log in and choose their shows themselves. I also like that their shows are not too long so that my kids are not sitting in front of the TV/computer for hours on end. I wish I had known about Oznoz sooner so I could’ve subscribed to their Elmo and other early-education programs when my kids were younger.
Thank you to Oznoz for providing this amazing resource not only in Persian, but many other languages around the world. It’s great because I intend for my children to learn Spanish. And as soon as I get them started on Spanish lessons, I will be sure to reward them with their favorite cartoons in Spanish! Another notable advantage to the site is that they can watch the same cartoon they watched in Persian, in English. So if they are having a hard time relating to the cartoon (which is not the case for my children but I can see it being so for a multicultural family or children who have had no exposure to the new language before) they can also complete their experience in their preferred language.
I also decided to ask my kids in a fun little interview-style video of why they like it and here are their responses:

And here is a fun little blooper with our youngest chiming into the interview :-)

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Mind, Body, and Soul

Mind, Body, and Soul

If I can encourage even one person to workout, weight lift, and take better care of their body with this picture, that is what I intend to do! We mothers often put everyone’s needs before our own. I never took the time to workout regularly after I had two little ones. But after my third child, and feeling particularly out of shape, I took matters into my own hands and decided to join a gym and get a trainer. That trainer was the first chapter of me learning to push myself and overcoming my fatigue due to sleepless nights and breastfeeding. A hidden consequence of that was strengthening my mind and spirit as well. I became happier, and felt better. Just being away from my responsibilities for an hour freed me and awoken the urge to be with my children. You can’t miss your children if you’re constantly with them. My gym habit has become such an integrated part of my life that I feel lost without it. It’s my form of meditation. I shut off from all the worries and responsibilities of the world, look at myself straight in the mirror and dance, move, stretch, and lift with the music. I truly believe a fit momma is a happy momma. Being fit doesn’t mean being skinny. It means fighting for your health and focusing on bettering yourself day by day and little by little. So take some time for yourself and “detox” from all your worries. 

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I’m not perfect and may never be, but striving for perfection is my goal and mission!

What have you done for your mind, body, and soul today?

#FitMomma #PersianMomma #StrivingforPerfection

Sizdeh Be Dar

Sizdeh Be Dar

Thursday, April 2nd 2015, will be Sizdeh-be-dar (Out with the 13th), the 13th day of the New Year and the day the Haft Seen is put away. Traditionally this is the day you go out for a picnic with your family and friends in hopes to rid the bad luck of the 13th. Sprouts are often released in a river to take the bad luck with them.

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And I read this wish for Sizdeh beh dar in Persian and couldn’t help but wish it for you all of you (and loosely translate it for my non-Persian-speaking friends):

امیدوارم با جمع کردن هفت سین نوروزی، کتابش نگهدارتان، آینه اش روشنایی زندگیتان، سکه اش بارکت عمرتان، سبزه اش طراوت وشادابی دلتان، ماهی اش شوق ادامه زندگیتان را به شما هدیه دهد

Omidvaram ba jam kardaneh Haft Seeneh Norouzy,
Ketaab negahdaretoon, ayeneash roshanayi zendegitan, sekkeash barekateh omretoon, sabze’ash taravat va shaadaby deletoon, mahiash shogheh edameh zendegitan ro beh shoma hediyeh dahad.

I hope that with putting away your Haft Seen, the Holy book acts as your protector, the mirror reflects it’s light into your life, the coins bless you with longevity, the sprouts offer you happiness, and the gold fish present you with the zeal to carry your passion forward.

Pishapish Sizdeh Be Dar mobarak! An early Happy Sizde-be-dar!

‪#‎PersianMomma‬ ‪#‎Sizdehbedar‬ ‪#‎Outwiththe13th‬