Deliciously Spoiled

My mom’s idea of supporting me through the pre and post labor phases has meant for the most part cooking and cooking some more… of course she went way overboard and I’m enjoying every bite of it, each bringing back unique childhood memories and a lot of comfort as it reminds me that I have the support I need to go forward…

Ghada's Food

I particularly want to focus on Meghleh, a traditional Middle Eastern pudding served as a treat to family and friends after the birth of a new baby.

meghleh

Meghleh has been flowing in my house for the past couple of weeks and I have consumed industrial amounts of it! Not only is it smooth, delicious, festive and addictive but more importantly for breastfeeding mommies, it can give you a much needed and quick energy boost to cover those extra calories you’ll still need to insure your milk supply while benefiting from its healthy ingredients:

  • Spices: caraway and cinnamon (Grandmas swear that those spices help stimulate the breast milk production)
  • Rice flour
  • Sugar
  • Toppings: shredded coconut, raw walnuts, pine nuts, almonds and pistachios, each boosting your diet with filling protein, fiber, healthy unsaturated fats and important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Ready & Munchin’

You know labor is near when you’ve downloaded your contractions app to keep track of their length, intensity and frequency and your mom moves in and brings with her delicious delicacies to make the wait bearable!

Upper left: dried grapes (malban) with raw walnuts  Lower left: fresh-from-the-field green almonds Right: Pickled mini eggplant  stuffed with peanut & spices

Upper left: dried grapes (malban) with raw walnuts
Lower left: fresh-from-the-field green almonds
Right: Pickled mini eggplants stuffed with peanut & spices

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

….everywhere I go

UPDATE (11/12/13): It’s snowing today in New York City… Christmas season has officially begun!

Vintage Ventian Dinnerware

Vintage Venetian glassware and dinnerware at Bergdorf Goodman

Apple & Spices @ Bloomingdales

Fruits & Spices ornaments at Bloomingdales

Christmas ornaments at Bergdorf Goodman

Christmas ornaments at Bergdorf Goodman

Christmas decoration at Bergdorf Goodman

Christmas decorations at Bergdorf Goodman

Glitter & gold decoration at Bergdorf Goodman

Glitter & Gold at Bergdorf Goodman

Woodland Christmas

Woodland Christmas at Bergdorf Goodman

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Candy Christmas at Bergdorf Goodman

Turquoise

Imperial Christmas at Bloomingdales

Glitter & Gold

Jeweled Christmas at Bloomingdales

Sweets

Sweet Christmas at Bloomingdales

NYC

NYC Christmas at Bloomingdales

Christmas Dinnerware

Christmas dinnerware by Juliska (top, bottom left) and by Villeroy & Boch (bottom right) at Bloomingdales