Normally I don’t miss giving updates, but this time, I did… On Sunday, Rasha turned 9. I always wonder why kids grow up fast. I also wonder why girls mature much faster than boys. Whenever I see boys of Rasha’s age, I cannot help but wonder on it. Is it the pressure that we or the society puts on them? As women, we are expected to behave a particular way. If we are way too boisterous, people blame it on faulty upbringing. If we are way too silent, we get tagged “introvert”. What exactly is the way that women need to behave? As she grows up, my insecurities only keep growing. Is it because I have the pressure to inculcate our way of living into our children? Allah asks us to constantly pray to Him to make our children “coolness of our eyes and the leader of the pious” (Surah Al-Furqaan: 74) As much as we ask Him, we also need to ensure that our children grow up the way it is meant to be, InShaAllah. In today’s times, it is difficult to explain them answers to innumerable questions, but the way she is, understanding Alhamdulillah, I sincerely hope that it will be easy. As much as I pray for her to be safe and grow up to be a God-fearing, responsible and sensitive individual, I also pray for all mothers who have been blessed with daughters for the same. InShaAllah, aren’t we promised Jannah if we take care of two girls well? 🙂 That reminds me that when I had delivered Azza, a dear friend had commented, “Another door to Jannah is open.” SubhanAllah… when I think of it, my heart pounds… May Allah bless us all to His Ultimate Home… I found this interesting article which every parent may want to read and incorporate into our daily activities with our children…
I had already mentioned an aversion to broccoli in my kids. But HD loves it. Each time we go out and he has his customary Chinese combo, he would always go for the beef broccoli stir fry. I would keep pulling off the broccoli from his plate much to his irritation. It is a pity that I never tried making it at home, hopefully must do soon. I pick up this vegetable only if I have an specific ideas to make it. The last time I picked up, I made quiche along with some potatoes and unfortunately, it didn’t get cooked properly, so it was a mini flop. 🙁 Quiche is still waiting for me to try, but since it has an egg custard base, I must wait till I can try it soon, InShaAllah… Then I tried this soup… Mildly spiced, and rich with all the cheese, this soup needs to be had straight out of the pan. Otherwise, the cheese starts getting stretchy. We totally loved how the soup turned out and it was finished off by us, while the kids ate up some leftover lunch rice. No, my kids still don’t like soups and salads, and I don’t expect them to get hooked to it since their mother was really anti-vegetarian when small and she used to eat it only because umma would roll her eyes. 😀 Off to the recipe…
Cheesy Broccoli Soup
- 3 tbsp olive oil separated
- 3 cloves garlic pounded
- 1 onions minced
- 1 carrot grated
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cup low fat milk
- 2 cups water
- 2 stock cubes seasoning - chicken or veg
- 1/3 cup grated mozarella cheese
- 1 small broccoli around 300 gm, made florets, washed and drained
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a saucepan. Fry the garlic briefly, then add the onion and carrot. Saute till wilted.
- Add the flour and saute in.
- Now slowly add the milk and keep whisking till it thicken.
- Add in the water and stock cubes and cook till the soup thickens.
- In another pan, heat the rest of the oil and gently toss up the broccoli for a couple of minutes.
- Add this into the simmering pot of soup along with the cheese and cook briefly just till the cheese is melted.
- Add the remaining seasonings and switch off the flame.
- Serve immediately!