Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Gumbo

Okay, this is how it is: today, my sister found a chocolate bar from Egypt (from her trip last summer) in a pair of shoes that she hasn't worn since then. Yup, shoes. She claims she was hiding it to give to a friend. The lies. Anyways, I am now facing a dilemma. You see, the chocolate bar is expired and on top of that, it's from Egypt. Apparently it expired in March. My other siblings refuse to eat it, but I am considering doing so. Here it is: (Note that it's actually called "Jersy" but Egyptians replace all J's with G's.) Egyptians also have the tendency of Arabizing English words. For example: That says "Jumbo" jeem/geem, alif, meem, ba, waw. I don't really understand how random Egyptians would get what "Jumbo" means, just because it's written in Arabic letters. But anyways. So, should I, or shouldn't I?

26 comments:

Asmaa said...

Oh, whoops. You're too late. I'm eating it now.

Anonymous said...

ewww... lol, how does it taste?

anis said...

Salaam

you should have performed two rak'ahs of istikharah prayer before eating it...

hydroman said...

go for it. the expiry date is only the manufacturer's opinion on when it expires.

And how come the Jeem has 3 dots under it?

In urdu there is a letter that is basically a jeem with 3 dots under it. It's called 'cheem'.

In other words to an Urdu speaking person that says 'Chumbo'

Bir

FBI: Firm Believer in Islam said...

Howdy,

I don't know why I was requested to post a comment, since we already spoke about this.

Eating expired egg-yptian food could potentially be good for you -- here is why: firstly, your sister should have been the one to eat that bar -- she is the one going to Egypt, no?

That bar would have put her immune system in par with what to expect in Egypt, so it is actually, not a bad thing. I don't feel like saying more, ta.

Squeeky said...

Assalaamu Alaikum :)

haha You gave in, muahah

I usually keep the expiry date in mind with food but when it comes to chocolate ... I can't help but stretch that just a little. "Oh, it expired in March? Well that was only a couple of months ago, won't make a difference"

teehehe

Nauman said...

I was wondering about the three dots and started to think that it was "ché" instead which is one of the additional letters in Urdu... similar in use to a "jeem" or "hai" but uses a "ch" sound instead...

Eating it was my suggestion - afterall, you only live once and may not get a chance to eat expired Egyptian chocolate.

Y said...

Would I ever eat a choc. bar from a shoe ?? ..... and that too expired ??? ...... it is chocolate afterall .... hmmmm

Anonymous said...

Salam Asmaa,

Is this what I have to look forward to in Egypt? Oh my... how was the chocolate anyways? Is it good enough to smuggle back on my return?

On a side note: I look forward to seeing you in a dress :P! Till then, take care fr:)

American Muslim 1983 said...

I hope u don't get sick!

Mars said...

fr: Egyptian chocolate is gross. I recommend the "BORIO" <- Egyptian equivalent to "OREO"...

Of course you would eat it Asmaa - no matter the expiry date.

You all should have seen Asmaa's face when I woke her up at 7:30 a.m. to tell her the news about the bar.

Asmaa: "OOOOHHH..GIVE IT TO ME! GIVE IT TO ME!!"

Asmaa said...

Anon, it tasted interesting.

Anis, I think I really should have. But I said Bismillah :) And, whatever Allah (swt) wills. Hehe.

Biryani, the jeem has three dots under it because: okay, one dot would denote Jeem, right? But seeing as how Egyptians transform all jeems into "geems," the three dots under it makes it into a geem - something that's unique to Egyptians.

FBI, your theories seem to be fabricated. And why are you commenting through your brother's account? Psht.

Squeeky, I gave in. But I'm still alive, alhamdulillah.

Nauman, see my explanation of the three dots above. That's true you know. I only live once!

Dil, yes, you would eat it.

fr, the chocolate in Egypt generally sucks, but there are some good things - it's called trial and error ;) And, ummm a dress? What dress?!

American, thanks :)

Mars, oh be quiet you! And Fiaza, don't try Boreo!

Elizabeth said...

I absolutely would have at least tried it to see if it tasted good. Then I would have eaten the rest if it met my...um....exacting standards. Which don't require chocolate to have been stored somewhere besides a shoe.

'liya said...

:S

Umar said...

you ate old chocolate out of a shoe?

you've set a new low.

Viscous said...

dont eat chocolates, excessive useless calories. joking. how did you find my blog, was it "randomly found"? :)
and its robarts libr, bahen is all for comput junkies.

'Meowmix' said...

assalaamu 'alayki Asmaa,

Thanks alot. You've now got me craving expired egyptian 'bootleg Bounty' bars (how's that for alliteration!)

on an unrelated note-- I'm considering starting up a blog of my own ...

Elizabeth said...

Ah, I just figured out why this is so gross to so many of you....you must have never had small children. Believe me, your standards go straight down to the gutter when you have small children. I once had to restrain my 1 year old child from picking up a hard candy that he dropped out of his mouth at a T station (the light rail station in Boston) and putting it back in his mouth. Yeesh. After that, chocolate, stored in sealed plastic, ANYWHERE, sounds fine.

5-4 = said...

Hmm...its been a while but I can see your posts have been very interesting as usual.

Interesting to know ur sis is a gumbo smuggler and Thank God for you candy wrappers exist! :)

Curious to ask are you a die hard Spongebob & Batrick fan or just so-so?

6 - 5 = said...

p.s. hope you're feeling better and the fall did not hurt Insha'Allah

Asmaa said...

Elizabeth, if you ask me, all these people are just a bunch of sissies. They would totally eat the chocolate, they're just pretending to be all refined. And yeah, when you come from a family as large as mine, the standards also slip a little :D

Umar, you wish you were me, don't you?

Viscous, yeah, I randomly found your blog from a link on someone's blog to another link, to another link. Ah well, another U of T junkie. But that picture did look like Bahen.

Meowmix, walaikum assalaam :) haha, you definitely should start your own blog. I would love to read it! Egyptian bootleg bounty - that's classic.

One, (the chosen one?!) Well, I used to be a die-hard fan, but it has been slipping lately because I don't want TV anymore, not really. But Batrick is still so cute. And my Batrick stuffed toy, I still love it ;) And the fall - I'm okay, Alhamdulillah. Thank you.

AP said...

This one time I found a chocolate bar in some drawer in my grandfather's store, it was SO old, it was actually brittle. Obviously, I ate it.

ahy said...

ur blog sucks,

haha sorry i didnt know what to write... im kidding... s'all good

salaams...

Mars said...

Wow, 23 comments! Is this a record Asmaa?

Asmaa said...

AP, yes, that much is obvious. You're in the same boat as I am.

Ahy, you're too kind.

Mars, perhaps it is. I guess people can really relate to expired food stuffs.

elysium said...

eat it before it gets to :)