If you have ever been to a Persian dinner party, you know it’s nothing shy of a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. If you’re lucky you may even indulge in some dancing after the party! Persians love to show their hospitality through food and tending to their guests. Here’s a dinner party done Persian Momma style. The menu included Koofteh (Persian herb meatballs), Ash (recipe here), Tahchineh morgh (upside-down saffron rice with chicken and barberries), and Mast va Khiyar (mint yogurt with walnuts and raisins). And for dessert there was rollete (Persian rose-water roulade), a recipe kindly shared with me by a very talented friend. What do you serve at your parties? Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on Persian Momma!
If you’re anything like me and have a big sweet tooth, you are digging every corner of your house looking for something sugary and sweet in the afternoon as a pick-me-up. Most times I will allow myself a treat. But today, after realizing that the scale is not working to my favor recently (damn thing must be broken 😉 ), and after a super hard workout at the gym, I decided to be good. So I satisfied that sweet tooth without going crazy on carbs with a healthy chocolate protein shake.
1. 1 cup of unsweetened Almond Milk
2. Half a cup of ice
3. 2 scoops of Organic Protein (I got this from Costco)
4. A teaspoon of Chia seeds (again, purchased from Costco)
5. A sprinkle of Goji berries on top
Blend ingredients 1-4 and sprinkle with Goji Berries and enjoy (Noosheh jan konid)! I usually add a handful of spinach as well, but I forgot today 🙂
گویند مرا چو زاد مادر ، پستان به دهن گرفتن آموخت
شبها بر گاهواره من ، بیدار نشست و خفتن آموخت
دستم بگرفت و پا به پا برد ، تا شیوه راه رفتن آموخت
یک حرف و دو حرف بر زبانم ، الفاظ نهاد و گفتن آموخت
لبخند نهاد بر لب من ، بر غنچه گل شکفتن آموخت
پس هستن من ز هستن اوست ، تا هستم و هست دارمش دوست
Gooyand maraa cho zaad madar, pestaan beh dahan gereftan amookht
Shabha bar gahvaareh man, bidar neshast va khoftan amookht
Dastam begreft va paa beh paa bord, taa shiveh raah raftan amookht
Yek harf va do harf bar zabanam, alfaaz nahad va goftan amookht
Labkhand nahaad bar labeh man, bar ghoncheyeh gol shekoftan amookht
Pas hastaneh man, zeh hastaneh oost, taa hastam va hast daaramash doost
Translation by Sanaz (Persian Momma)
They say the moment my mother gave birth to me, she taught me how to suckle from her breast
Through the night she stayed awake above my cradle and taught me how to sleep
She took my hand and walked step by step and taught me how to walk
Letter by letter, word by word she taught me how to speak
She put a smile on my lips, taught a flower bud to blossom
Thus my being is because of her being and as long as we both shall be, I will love her
A very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all you hardworking mommas and Persian Mommas who work day in and day out with love in your hearts, good intentions in your minds, and with every ounce of your being to make sure the next Continue reading “Not All Superheroes Wear Capes!” »
With our beloved Persian New Year نوروز (Norouz) approaching and the smell and sight of Spring not too far away (except for people in the Northeast of course, cause I hate to break it to you, but I heard you have another Polar vortex approaching) here is a great idea to promote Norouz in our communities and schools. I hope that one day Norouz will be as easily recognized in our community as Easter, the Chinese New Year, Hanukkah, and Christmas are.
At around this time, it is customary to begin spring cleaning for the fast approaching Persian New Year (Norouz), which always falls on the Spring Equinox. So, it would be a great idea to promote a clothing drive or some kind of spring cleaning event in our community and schools with Norouz in mind. Here is an event that my sister-in-law started at her children’s school. It was a clothing drive that benefited their local Big Brother’s Association for Norouz. You would need to get in touch with the charity of your choice while also getting the permission from your child’s school. It may help to begin with a locally recognized and supported charity so that the community you live in can relate. I hope that I can pull this off at my daughter’s school this year. We shall see 🙂 But even if I don’t, I hope I have planted a seed of inspiration that will hopefully grow as fast and tall as your Norouz sprouts سبزه sabzeh. Together we can benefit our community while raising awareness of our Persian culture and teaching our kids the beauty of charity and leadership.
The Persian writing above is Saadi’s poem used in the flyer and here is the Penglish for those who understand Persian but can’t read it:
Bani aadam azaayeh yek digarand Keh dar aafarinesh ze yek goharand
Cho ozvy be dard aavarad roozegar Degar ozvhaa ra namaanad gharaar
To keh ze mehnateh digaraan bi ghamy Nashayad keh naamat nahand aadamy
There will be more on Norouz and crafts you can do with your kids coming soon! Stay tuned and as always I welcome your suggestions, feedback, opinions, and expertise!
با تشكر Ba tashakkor (with thanks),
I don’t know of a universal Persian Alphabet Song such as the popular ABC song, but here’s one that I really liked because it’s sung to the popular Ode to Joy tune:
(Note: the first 50 seconds of this video are the Alefba song):
I will share more videos and resources that I think are useful soon!
With the kids back in school, and the seasons shifting, we are bound to welcome the cold and flu into our homes again through our little carriers, our children. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite remedies to help ease the pain while the cold/flu runs its course. Disclaimer: I am not an M.D. (although as a Persian Momma I often do take that role and dispense unwanted free medical advice (which has happened to prove great so far!)).
For common colds/flu and associated coughs and even croup (khoroosak خروسك) here are my four favorite products that I always have on hand:
Often we are greeted with picture-perfect family portraits of smiling children, the toothless grins of a speechless infant, posts on Facebook about how great a family vacation is, news of friends’ children’s academic achievements, invitations to cupcake-filled kids birthday parties, and led to believe that being a parent is the most glorious thing on earth.
While I am truly grateful for the gift it is to be a parent, I don’t think (or perhaps I hope) I am not alone in feeling that parenting is no party. What we less commonly and openly share as parents is the less glorious side of parenting, the tantrums, the back-talk, the academic struggles, the emotional battles, sibling rivalry, and what it takes to mold your little one into what you hope will be a happy citizen and a valuable asset to humanity and society.