Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April Birthstones; Diamond

There are twelve different stones listed as birthstones for the calendar month of April, or as Sun/Star, Planetary, or Talismanic stones for the Zodiac sign of Aries or Taurus. But the most traditional stone is the diamond.


Diamonds symbolize purity, eternal love and faith. Diamond birthstone has a great suitability in jewelry, providing exquisite diamond settings. Diamond gemstone is judged by the "four Cs": carat, clarity, color, and cut. Diamond jewelry absorbs negative energy and transforms it into a positive one. Worn close to the body, diamond gemstone stimulates the intellect.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mushver (Mucver)

I love zucchinis and the following recipes use them as the main ingredient.
The first recipe is a Turkish recipe. I make it as my husband’s family makes it, but I’ll also show you a variation:

Mushver (Mucver)

1 large zucchini
½ cup parsley (chopped) (you can use dried parley too, just use less)
½ cup dill (chopped) (you can use dried too, use less)
1 egg

Grate zucchini and squeeze to get the water out. Mix all the ingredients. Add flour until the mix is not too watery (usually I end up adding a bit more of flour if I fry the 1st mucver and it breaks apart while frying).

In a large skillet add vegetable oil and when warm, add lumps of the zucchini mixture (I use a small ladle for this) and fry for about 3 min on each side on medium high heat. Take them out and place on a plate with paper towels to dry.
Serve with plain yogurt on top.

This is another variation, I haven’t made it myself but I trust this lady’s recipes. They are the best! Link

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