Sunday, November 27, 2011

Herbs & Spices and Yummy Watermelon

Hubby loves doing the groceries and now that he's staying at Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, no one will do the groceries twice or thrice a month any more but me or else, I and the kids will end up starving. Lol! 

Three weeks ago and day before hubby left for Ruwais, we've been to Carrefour at Al Jimi Mall. We were surprised to find a watermelon with yellow flesh. We bought a slice of it even if it was a bit pricey for AED 13.15 (USD 3.5). We just wanted to try and compare the difference between the watermelon with red flesh. We're glad that we bought a slice of it. It's crunchy and  sweet. 
By the way, allow me to share these info from PMA Labeling Facts. A serving size of 154 grams of watermelon will give you the following nutrients: 12 grams of total carbohydrate, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of protein, and 1 gram of sugar. It is also rich in Vitamins A and C, Iron and Calcium. Hmmm sounds good!

Walking through the other corners of the hypermarket, I have noticed these colorful herbs and spices--such a delightful sight to enjoy though I wasn't familiar with the other herbs and species. I was trying a take a second shot using my N8 mobile camera when somebody stopped and reminded me that photography is not allowed inside the hypermarket. I did. I am a law-abiding resident. Lol! Who wants to end up in jail anyway? Hahaha!

Back to the topic. Did I say that spices and herbs are common ingredients to Middle Eastern cuisine? I think I did mention it in one of my posts about Al Ain Souq.  Herbs and spices are commonly used not just to add flavor in the food, but also to add color. In fact, they make some of the Arabic food so delectable and unique (for my taste buds, I guess). From the very common kebabs, broasted chicken, chicken biryani and shawarma to the complicated saloona (well, for me it is), they are abundantly used. 


By the way, If you'd like to buy the traditional ones, I suggest that you should head over to Souq Alsamak, better known as Al Ain Souq, located a few meters away from Al Ain Bus Station.

On another note, yesterday was the Islamic New Year. Belated happy new year to my Muslim friends and readers of Al Ain City Daily Photo!

4 comments:

  1. Watermelons with yellow flesh are very common over here.

    They are as juicy and sweet as the red one.

    They may be from Malaysia. LOL!!!

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  2. thank you for the taste!



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  3. The spices are not unlike some of the spice i grew up with (my mother was Greek) and they are wonderful!

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  4. Those bags of spices are particularly interesting! Wish I could taste them all...

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