January 1st 2018

Feels weird writing 2018. Happy New Year to all my readers again.

As the tradition continues in this family, we celebrate the New Year by getting together on the first day of the year, having lunch/brunch or dinner. Have done this all my life. So this year was not different. No one goes out on the night of 31st. Who would like to fight the traffic or get drunk or have hang over on the first day of the year anyway?? So my mother always had a cake and food for all of us at home and relatives and family came to our home to help us celebrate.

Noah brought his girl friend Meg, and the house was alive with the squeals of laughter from the younger grandchildren. I had made all the food, and the desserts. I think every one loved being here and had a wonderful time. Here are some pictures.

IMG_7033Saadia, Dave and Mohamed.

At one end,, banana/pineapple and whipped cream dessert,  Mexican Wedding cookies, Macaroni and Cheese for the little kids, Chicken with fenugreek greens, kebabs and lemon wedges to go with them. Chees slices, Fingers of French toast.IMG_7029

This end of the picture has a tray of biryani, chutney with tomatoes, cucumber, scallions and grapes, smoked turkey, and gravy, vegetable casserole of cauliflower, spinach and red peppers (for Shelley, Sayeed’s wife who is a vegetarian);  further up is Falooda, covered with pomegranate seeds I dessert made of cream and seaweed,)  a bowl of dressing for the turkey lovers, devilled eggs, and slices of banana nut bread and cream cheese.  That’s all! I think every one had a good time and ate well I believe. Oh I forgot, Shelley brought a tortellini dish. Was very good.

Zain, loves Davis. He doesn’t know why Davis cannot live with him instead of living with Uncle Dave and Diva (Saadia.) Andrew is so engrossed watching the Dominoes show.




About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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20 Responses to January 1st 2018

  1. Wow – what a feast! The food looks so good. But more importantly, it’s nice to see you and your family enjoying themselves.

    • Zakiah says:

      It was a hilarious riot continuously for three or four hours. When Saadi and Sayeed are together, there is never a dull moment. it was a great day. Next New Years. you are coming here. OKAY?

  2. murisopsis says:

    Everyone and everything looks good! Dave looks like he’s in good health again (a sure blessing for 2018)!

  3. marica0701 says:

    I hope to finally make biryani this year; I’ve had the dish a few times at restaurants, but I want to try my hand at it. Your biryani looks so delicious! As well as all that other food!

    Happy New Year!

  4. mrswrangler says:

    We were home from our Christmas at 8. In bed at 9. Happy New Year. Hope 2018 has many blessings.

  5. whyzat says:

    Your buffet looks delicious! I, too, think it is wiser to stay in on the 31st and avoid the dangerous revelers. We watched the celebration in Dallas for a few minutes and their fireworks show was pretty fantastic.
    We just got back from a week in Iowa that night and were just glad to be out of the minus zero weather! We did get to see some nice snow though. It was pretty to look at from inside a warm house!

  6. Zakiah says:

    I LOVE the fresh snow and the beauty it spreads all over. But that’s about it. I do not like the accompanying frigid temperatures associated with it and the icy roads. Glad you had a good visit up in Iowa though.
    Happy New Year to you.

  7. r_hsw says:

    happy new year, zakiah. gosh, that biryani looks tempting 🙂

  8. Wow! Can I come over next year? I’m salivating! You have a beautiful family!

  9. Happy New Year to you and each one of your family members, SweetZ!!! 🙂
    Prayers and wishes for each of you…for good health, joy, peace, love, fun, and so much more! 🙂

    Yes, where did 2017 go?! But, I’m kinda’ glad it went!

    2018 HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…I let Cooper take over my blog for the first week of the new year. 🙂

  10. What an abundant and tasty food made by you , Zakia. Compliments .
    May this new year be sweet for you and your dear family members
    love ❤

  11. The food looks wonderful.
    I’m so glad all your family was together.
    Happy 2018. Love and hugs.

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