28 November 2012




But when your heart is ready you will find 
That spring is just a state of mind.
Some flowers blossom late but they're the kind
That last the longest.




“You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.”
William Blake

27 November 2012




I really like to live in Europe at some point in my life... just for the experience. 

21 November 2012

Byron Katie


I just heard about ‘The Work of Byron Katie’ through this blog. My curiosity took over me and I wanted to know more about this Byron Katie. It turned out that she is quite famous and successful and I found this book [PDF] on her website. It talks about how to be in charge of your own thoughts. In short, it teaches how to be +. I am thinking of reading it all.

20 November 2012

How to make noon sangak

Like hope : How to make noon sangak

 By Ashpaz BaashiJuly 6, 2001 

"The Iranian Cyrus wrote: My needs are quite limited. I live in Michigan and want to have sangak. what is the best way to go about this? No, Cyrus, you are wrong. Your needs are deep, and their simplicity is as deceptive as a shy glance from under dark lashes. Today you want only sangak, but tomorrow you will want abgusht to dip it in, and the next day kebab to wrap in its folds, and then you will ask for the garden. In Michigan.

So this is what you must do: Take a long walk to a fresh stream of melted snow, where pebbles shine under the rushing water. Find a thousand shattered pieces of the sang-e sabur that have worn smooth with the years of your absence.

Gather the stones and take them into your home. Leave them to soak in oil for a day and a night. Drain them and spread them on an oven tray. Dissolve a teaspoon of yeast in half a cup of warm water and mix this into a cup of wholemeal flour and three cups of white bread flour, with a teaspoon of salt. Add a little warm water, mixing it in spoon by spoon, until the dough is soft enough to work.

Roll up your sleeves and knead the dough until it feels alive, elastic and smooth in your hands. Cover it and leave it to sit in a warm place for a few hours, until it has risen like a full moon. Beat it down and let it rise again, like hope, for all of another hour. 

Heat the stones in the oven to 500 degrees. Divide the dough in two lumps and roll one on a floured board into a large oval, half an inch thick. Use the board to turn the dough onto the hot stones and bake for about 5 minutes, until golden. When the bread is done, it should lift easily off the stones. Do the same with the second lump of dough.

Wrap the warm bread in cloth, and eat it with your eyes closed."

13 November 2012

"Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it." Bernard Meltzer

12 November 2012

The Price of Beauty



The Price of Beauty is the name of a TV show by Jessica Simpson. I don’t really like her but this show is (believe it or not) interesting. She travels to different places and sort of interviewing people (mostly women) to understand what beauty means in that culture. She also investigates the methods being used in the beauty spas, fashion, and anything that has to do with the idea of beauty. I have watched couple of episode that I think I will watch the rest.
  • Focus
  • Motivation
  • Energy
These are the 3 things I need to get through this Monday and every day but it is quite difficult today because I am lacking all three.

7 November 2012

Beauty

Source : I don't know. I got it from Facebook!

10 Critical Questions I Must Ask myself

  1. What do I appreciate about my life? 
  2. Am I spending time with the right people? 
  3. What are my gut instincts telling me? 
  4. What can I do right now to move forward with my goals? 
  5. Am I selling myself short? 
  6. How am I affecting the people in my life? 
  7. Am I holding on to something I need to let go of? 
  8. Who deserves to be forgiven? 
  9. What are my fears stopping me from doing?
  10. In ten years from now, am I going to wish I gave it one more shot? from here 

5 November 2012

Biryani



Biryani comes in different forms depending on the country or the region of its origin. One of those forms that is very dear to me is the Biryani (Beryan) from Isfahan. It is so delicious that I can never get tired of it. You can also soak small pieces of flat bread in the broth and eat that with raw onion. It is delicious ;)  

I as a writer

My first paid written work just recently published and I received the check today. I had a lot of help with this piece but it is such a great feeling. Who knows? maybe I become a writer one day.