I remember the first time Ahmed ever said his first words to me. We were 14, at a friend’s pool party and he turned around and said, “Don’t worry, soon things will be back to the way they were.”. It took me a while to realize he was actually speaking to me, because although we had grown up together, I’d never heard him speak. Not to me, at least. He was the true definition of a ‘shy guy.’
Fast forward 16 years, and he’s loosened up some since our childhood years. Those who didn’t know Ahmed as a youngster, describe him as shy, but now that we’re adults, I realize that he’s more of an ‘observer’ than he is shy. A Communications Engineer by day and founder of Cookieology by night, Ahmed’s attention to detail and his ‘observer’ trait are the secret behind the success of his Cookieology cookies, and mouth-watering Carrot Cake, which has me salivating at the thought of it sitting on my kitchen counter. For years, Ahmed practiced and tweaked his cookies and Carrot Cake recipes – and used us as guinea pigs that were happy to oblige – until they were perfect. Taking advantage of the annual holiday bazaar to launch Cookieology, he turned many a Carrot Cake haters into believers. It is that good.
But don’t take my word for it, after all, I am a childhood friend and probably come across as biased. Give Cookieology a call, or simply SMS your order, making sure to allow for a 24-hour notice for any order, (he does make and bake all his recipes himself) and try them out yourself. Cookieology will change the way you look at home-made desserts – especially that Carrot Cake!
How would your mother describe you in one word?
Quiet … she’s always waiting for me to finish my conversations with more than my 1-2 word responses.
How would you describe your mother in one word?
Sounds cheesy, but seriously, words are not enough to describe this woman!
What is the most insane question you’ve ever been asked?
My goldfish memory fails me in remembering any significant crazy questions I’ve been asked.
What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
I’m the planner type. I hardly do spontaneous things, or things that would seem spontaneous to everyone else.
What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented?
Mazagangy! It’s Egyptian slang describing a person who enjoys the utopia and peace of living in that certain state of mind.
Where would you like to live? / What is your dream retirement location?
Ultimately, back home, Egypt! (But that looks like a far away dream right now)… Retirement: Anywhere where I’m surrounded with the sea and greenery would be great.
What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind?
“Wabilwaledayni i7sana…” or in English “and (that ye show) kindness to parents”… Allah (17:23)
What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in?
A dog, preferably a ‘lab’… You can’t beat that kind of loytalty!
What do you miss about your childhood?
As most adults would probably say, the carefree-ness. My brain hasn’t stopped thinking since, and I wish it would take a break!
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I’m named after the prophet (PBUH) so it doesn’t get any better than that, plus my family and friends have developed many a cool nickname for me over the years, so I already have more than one name.
How would you describe your handshake in one word?
What is the toughest part of your character?
With whatever it is I do, I refuse to accept anything less than perfect. That, however, can sometimes hinder my progress, as I have the tendency to get hung up on little details that are not so significant.
Who is your favorite historical figure?
I suck at history, but KhaledIbn el Waleed’s canny strategies in battle stories come to mind.
What in the world do you least desire?
Hypocrisy and hypocrites, enuf said!
What do you think is lacking in the world, which would make the world a better place?
People need to respect themselves, first, to respect one another more, and understand/believe that this life we live is coming to an end one day, and hopefully try to make the most out of it by living in peace together.
Why do you think most girls/guys like you?
…who said they do?!
Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called…”
Peace of mind.