Dare to Care

create, communicate, collaborate, and think critically

by Denise Krebs

Ghee Ghee and Leah

Thursday is my kid sitting evening. Ghee Ghee and Leah come while their parents lead the youth group at church. It’s convenient that we live right next door.

Ghee Ghee and Leah are not their real names. Those were their “baby” names tonight. They built their fort tonight as babies, complete with baby talk. I made a short attempt at this blog post, but that didn’t last. While they built the fort, I said I would record the progress through photographs. I did for awhile.


The babies stayed busy with the fort for some time. Next Ghee Ghee and Leah became Silverback Gorilla and Baby Gorilla #1. The Silverback saved us all by fighting off lions.

Then we ate raisins.

Next we ate cheese while reading Oxcart Man.

We discussed punctuation marks.

Then we baked brownies.
Then we made necklaces with beads.

Those are just the things I remember! They were only here for a little over an hour, but now I’m exhausted and ready to put my feet up.

by Denise Krebs

My Hands are Full and My Brain is Empty

Today is another busy day at my school. We will soon be inspected by a government agency, so I am busy in my room preparing evidence and organizing piles that have gotten out of hand.

Last night I was tired and had a lot of work I could do. Instead, though, I chose to bake chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes baking is the best stress-relieving therapy, so I baked and ate. I brought most of the cookies to school today. I told my department colleagues if they could find the golden box in my room, they would find a treat to help get them through the busy day.

Can you find the golden box? Help yourself!

My hands are full of work today, but I brought a golden box of cookies. Who wants some? #cy365 #t365project

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by Denise Krebs

Old School

I am privileged to work in an old school with much history. A mission from the Reformed Church in America was started in the late 1800s. Samuel Zwemer and James Cantine came and started a hospital, church and school. The three are still going strong today. I am fortunate to be able to be involved in each of these institutions–the American Mission Hospital, the Evangelical Church of Bahrain, and the Al Raja School.

Old school, literally. #cy365 #t365project

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Al Raja School, Founded in 1899

by Denise Krebs

Five Foods

I seem to have slices of delicious food on my mind this March, so here comes another food post.

I (and you) have been invited to a favorites party by @Teachr4. The party happens at your blog, and all you have to bring are your five favorite things.

If I could, I would give you my favorites not only here on the blog, but I’d have you come over to my house. That way we could have our favorites party in person. I’d share with you my favorite foods since coming to Bahrain.

  1. Hummus and Turkish bread from Al Abraaj – I’ve always loved hummus and bread, and I could eat this every day! The Turkish bread is hot out of the oven, thick, chewy, and absolutely delicious. (Want to try it?)
    My favorite table at Al Abraaj. #cy365 #t365project
  2. Hammour is the premiere fish here. It’s a kind of Grouper; it’s attributes include: “Extra lean, firm texture, white meat with large flake and a mild flavor.” Exactly. Need I say more. (Are you ready?)

    Hammour from Al Abraaj

  3. Halloumi Cheese, yes, that is really cheese, browning in a pan. Melty, but firm. Have you ever had halloumi cheese? You are in for a treat! (Book that plane now.)12_halloumi

    Halloumi picture by Lamerie (CC BY-NC 2.0)

  4. Pani Puri is an Indian street food, but we have to go to a restaurant for it here. These little crispy cups filled with veggies and legumes come ready for you to top them off with watery chili and/or sweet tamarind sauces, according to taste. I go for heavy on the sweet flavor. Here is my sweet daughter, (who goes heavy on the chili sauce) and my future son-in-law enjoying pani puri in Bahrain. (We have an extra room for you!)
  5. Dates have always been a favorite food of mine, and I had never seen so many varieties before coming to the Middle East. I’ve really never met a date I didn’t like. (So, check your calendar and set a date!)

A vast array of dates. #cy365 #t365project

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#Snack #cy365 #t365project

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by Denise Krebs

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Bread. The staff of life. Our daily bread. My favorite food.

On Friday, Keith and I went out for lunch after church. (The weekend here is Friday and Saturday.) Whenever we go out, I check out the bread page of the menu. This time, I ordered something I hadn’t heard of before: Kashmiri naan. I was not disappointed. Though the menu (see image below) said it had “dried fruit”, I guess they were out because this was loaded with finely diced fresh mango, grapes and cashews. There was also an orange glaze lightly added to the top.

Kashmiri Naan and Butter Chicken

Just one restaurant’s bread menu

At least once a week we also walk down to our neighborhood bread baker and buy 5-10 large pieces of freshly baked bread (roti) for 100 fils (that is 27 cents U.S).

One of the wonderful things that Bahrain does for the people here is that they subsidize bread to keep it very inexpensive. It is a gracious and generous act. It’s a beautiful way that people are given their daily bread. Everyone can afford fresh bread in Bahrain, and every neighborhood has a bread oven similar to this one:

Bread Baking Oven

On Saturday, when we came up to the window to buy bread, Keith asked for “ten breads.” A friendly man waiting for his order at the window asked, “Do you want bread? The cold store across the street has bread,”as he formed his hands into a loaf. “Here they sell roti.” Then we had an interesting conversation about all the different names and subtle differences for what we often just refer to as bread.

After three years of conversations like the one above, and experiences with many different delicious breads from a variety of countries, we are starting to understand the differences and similarities between the names. Here are some pictures in a Google image search to see these various kinds of breadkuboos, the swirly, flaky and buttery Kerala parotha, naan, roti, chappati, appampapadum, and so much more!

Bread hot out of the oven

These large pieces of roti are also used as the plate for your food in this traditional restaurant–Haji’s Cafe.

Turkish bread, hummus and tabbouleh


More to Read

Bon Appétit “The Etymology of the Word: ‘Bread'”

Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris. It’s just a simple children’s book of photographs of people all over the world with their own versions of bread.

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