The Reality of Snape: A Pause

He was my favorite character from Harry Potter.

The Thinking Pen

Today is the anniversary of the renowned book and movie series ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K. Rowling. So, what better day to write this post. I tried writing ‘a pause’. It is a form of a writeup in which I analyse a particular movie scene which is very iconic and powerful. So, basically you pause and reflect on that.

Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)
Scene: Severus Snape gives his tears in a bottle before dying, for Harry to see his memories in a pensieve and realize the truth about himself and Snape
(towards the end).

Dazed after witnessing Hogwarts getting ravaged in the battle with the Dark Lord and wounded physically and mentally by the loss of his loved ones, Harry staggers back to Dumbledore’s office, clutching Snape’s tears in his hand, perspiration and confusion imminent on his face. He dives into the pensieve and…

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Tzatziki with a Twist

Sounds easy and delicious.

Food Kalakaar

Tzatziki or Cacik is a very simple yet delicious dip to accompany loads of main sides. It is usually found in cuisines of Southeast Europe and the Middle East.

A very simple dip where no cooking is involved and can be made in minutes. I have added a small twist to it to just enhance the flavours. This twist is adding the Zaatar in the dip which takes this regular dip to a next taste level.

Happy Cooking!

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Green Beans

Sounds yummy!

Food Kalakaar

An excellent source of vitamins and minerals, this vegetable when made correctly can taste absolutely delicious. Green beans can be made in so many ways and every recipe has its own charm.

Fresh Green Beans

In my household we consume green beans in various forms starting from pickles, to curries and by itself. The star of this recipe is green beans.


Fresh Cut beans


Garnished with Grated Coconut


  • I add onions later as I don’t want my onions to go mushy and brown, I like a little crunch in them, but if you like soft onions then add them with the seeds.
  • You can use fresh or desiccated coconut.

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Death and Rebirth

There once was a Belly Dance Goddess.  She almost died 5 years ago to this day.  Men dreamed about her and women envied her.

A family should have acceptance and family love above all others.  This is the strength bestowed upon us by Leanna, Dolf, Gia, Lance and all of those who have come and passed.

An “interloper” can destroy family love and separate family members from each others.

As innocent as it seems, they may have a different “agenda’ than what Lena and Adolph wanted for their kids.

Gina had an illness that made certain family members “shun” her.

Look in the mirror, my family!

A family is not in a “beauty” pageant.  And those that have not won any beauty pageants are not worthy to judge Gina or anyone else for their beauty, or not “fitting” in due to a stroke of other illness.

Shame on you.  For GOD is watching.


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Catching the “daylight” saving the time


DST5I never gave that much thought to Daylight Savings Time. Sure, I would set my clocks forward or backwards, as instructed. But I never wanted to see it in action until this fall.

I usually make sure the most important clock, my alarm clock, is changed before I go to bed. Especially if I have to work the day after, like I do on Sunday, November 3rd. If I don’t have to work the next day, then I really don’t care. I’ll just change all clocks whenever I get up.

And it is such a hassle to change all of my clocks! I have to manually change the 2 alarm clocks, my gas stove clock and the microwave clock. Sorry, no microwave popcorn 502px-Daylight_savingsunless you change the microwave clock, or it will go on strike and refuse to work 😦

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Tips for beating insomnia

These are some really good tips!

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  1. Wake up at the same time each day.
  2. Eliminate alcohol and stimulants like nicotine and caffeine.
  3. Limit naps.
  4. Exercise regularly.
  5. Limit activities in bed.
  6. Do not eat or drink right before going to bed.
  7. Make your sleeping environment comfortable.
  8. Enhance natural sleep mechanisms by using Supplements.

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Please enjoy this post from a fellow blogger.


Our recent history should have made one thing clear. Women’s rights are human rights. Any foreign policy that fails to recognize this effectively dehumanizes half the human race.

What I am currently reading after I finished reading a hasidic woman’s biography. I am going to write about it next time!Thanks for your likes, comments, and support!

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Pork Chop Surprise

Wish I had some pork chops after reading this. Maybe next week?

How I Cook — by Graham Stewart

E3213AAA-81D2-4E1B-A6FB-B1C8A8FC486033A4D7F0-1A78-4623-BBA0-DDF53FBD91DAF18A501A-35F5-44BB-B831-E09C572A43B0What’s the surprise with these pork chops? I am keeping it super simple with them. Normally I play around with what I am cooking. Our son Ian’s birthday supper is tomorrow so I am saving my playing till then. Tonight it’s just potato wedges, pork chops and a salad. Still this is a good supper and the chops are a little different. I have cooked pork chops this way for years, they cook quickly and since I like pork, taste great. I cut my own loin chops when I buy a whole pork loin. Mine are 1 inch thick, the thin ones from the supermarket won’t work for this. If you have a butcher it’s easy to get 1 inch thick chops. Some supermarkets will cut them for you also. The reason I am using corn starch in this recipe is because it forms a crust and seals the moisture…

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Stuffed Pork Loin chops

How I Cook — by Graham Stewart

EAB9E466-3E19-4D06-9948-DDE286B68F11I found a great deal on pork loin, they are always a good thing to buy when you find a great price. Cut some of it into chops and left the thicker end for a roast. Was thinking about what I could do with the roast, it’s been awhile since I stuffed one. So it came down to do I stuff chops or the roast, the chops won. A stuffed roast is a little much for just my wife and I. It’s just better to keep the roast for company. The stuffing would of been the same if I had of used the roast. Have come to terms with stuffing for meat. Been thru the fancy stuffing faze. Remember making a stuffing for a pork loin that was a little fancy and a lot of work. It had dried cranberries, chopped apple, onion, spinach, garlic, parsley, sage, honey, salt, pepper…

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The Meaning Of Religion As A Religious Woman

Wise words, indeed!


       Before the internet, the gap was wider as each community was well-versed in its traditional lore only. Now, you can make friendship with people overseas while you are plopping down on your sofa through your cellphone. Nonetheless, we are suffering from those trolls behind their keyboards!

      Two years ago, an Egyptian cook has decided to take her hijab off. I could not make out people’s demeanor when they scorned and understated her. She was called a spinster looking for a groom, they suspected her faith without any deference! Her decision was personal, but trolls insisted on making it a religious matter!

      Mo Salah, the Egyptian football player posted a picture of his daughter while she was playing on the piano. The comments revolved around religion and Islamic nurture. Their comments exuded their ignorance of religion and its essence.

      Dina Tokio has decided to take her hijab…

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