A warm GrowthPlates welcome to our newest contributor, Nisreen Rasheed!
Nisreen is a Northeast Philadelphia homemaker and mother of four. A Baghdad native and ethnic Turkoman, Nisreen is a Middle Eastern culinary master known for her Jordan-esque dominance in the kitchen.
Possessing a basic knowledge of the rules of basketball, Nasreen has watched over 1,300 consecutive Sixers games, and is amongst thier most devoted fans. In Mama Rasheed’s Corner, Nisreen will provide game insights, recipes, and hosting tips.
MAMA RASHEED’S CORNER
Thoughts on the new look Sixers:
Mama Rasheed: I don’t know who any of these people are…
Thoughts on Evan Turner:
MR: He is always trying to go score it. Always going so fast, too fast, but he never scores it! But I think if he listens to the coach, he will score it…
Thoughts on Igoudala’s departure:
MR: I don’t miss him. I don’t like him. He thinks he is so big. sometimes he’s good, but sometimes he is not in the world, his brain is not here.
MR: Who is this Bynum, why isn’t he playing? His knees are bad? did we know?! why did we get him if he doesn’t play?!
On not waiting for Bynum:
MR: Why do you put your hope in Bynum? What if he comes and does nothing? [the current players] are supposed to do things too!
On lethargic defense in the 2nd and 3rd quarter of today’s game:
MR: Where is their energy? When they get upset, becuase they are young, they get upset for the whole time. The coach needs to teach them that they must have more energy!
Friends coming over for the game? Impress them with;
Mama Rasheed’s Lebanese-style Hommus:
1 can chickpeas (Goya is best)
Drain, reserve liquid, and rinse
Put chickpeas in the food processor with 2 cloves of garlic, 2 big tablespoons of sesame paste, the juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
blend smooth, if too thick add reserve liquid, but don’t make it watery.
Drizzle with olive oil blended with a 1/2 teaspoon cumin or paprika (but not both) and garnish with black olives.
Serve wth sticks of carrot, celery, cucumber, and pita.
-Arminius Vambery “Amongst the Turkoman”