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    Hajar Elizabeth
    Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:57 pm Groupie

    Last edited by Hajar Elizabeth on Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:15 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:41 am Groupie
    Thanks Hajjar!! I'm looking forward to peaceful Ramadan.
    chef FIFI
    Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:00 pm Groupie
    Dont forget no sexual while fasting icon_redface.gif icon_redface.gif
    Happy Ramadan
    Ramadan Kareem to all!
    Hajar Elizabeth
    Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:15 pm Groupie

    Last edited by Hajar Elizabeth on Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:15 pm, edited 1 time in total
    chef FIFI
    Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:54 pm Groupie
    Hajar, lol your so fun.
    I didnt mean that directly icon_wink.gif just as an addition to the prohibitions during ramadan.
    I love your post about ramadan, I have had people ask before what it was and I posted a paragraph about it in a post, but yours is so much more in depth.
    Hajar Elizabeth
    Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:11 am Groupie

    Last edited by Hajar Elizabeth on Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:16 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:23 am Groupie
    Let me tell you what happens in our house during Ramadan. My husband and I will fast from dawn til sunset. On Sunday in Boston, dawn will be around 5:20 am; sunset will be around 6:40 pm. I will wake up at least a half hour before dawn so I can have cereal (oatmeal or Weetabix), yogurt, fruit and tea. My husband does not do this. He prefers to sleep in. He stays up much later (2 am) than me and usually eats just before going to bed.

    During the week I will be at work and I find this the worst place to be during Ramadan. It is far easier to fast when you are home preparing food and your family is fasting as well. At work I am the only one this year who will be fasting. Last year I was at a different site and there were several of us. We shared stories, discussed recipes, etc. and it was wonderful. This year may be a bit lonely.

    I work part time so I can pick the kids up from school and when I get home it will be around 3 pm. This gives me plenty of time to prepare shorba (soup), salad and at least one other dish for the meal. Our shorba is very similar to yours Hajjar. Sometimes we make with lamb, sometimes with chicken. Sometimes with frik (bulgur), sometimes with vermicelli. Always with a tomato base, chick peas, carrots, turnips, potato, zucchini. Salads vary but always with some hardboiled eggs during Ramadan. I'm really going to miss the fresh spinach this year. Main dishes are things like kefta (meatballs), lubia mushto (Hajjar has this recipe called Loubia Chala), L'Kebab. Lots of bread is eaten with the meal and always we follow up with cookies and coffee/tea. I also make lots of cookies during the month.

    At sunset we break the fast. My husband will eat dates and drink buttermilk then move on to the food I have prepared. I do not like dates or buttermilk so I just start with the shorba. If my husband is working that night I will just clean up and go to bed. If he is home we tend to linger over the meal longer talking and maybe there are friends over for dinner. Once the meal is over and cleaned up it is usually time for me to go to bed but my husband will stay up late and often go visiting friends.

    During Ramadan, it is our custom to visit friends and family for the meal. In Boston, there are many single Algerian men who do not have the time or do not know how to cook. They may be lonely so we try to have them over for the meal if they have no where else to go. Also, we try to invite people over who we have not seen for awhile and they also invite us.

    My girls are 11 and 8 years old and do not fast yet. The time to begin fasting is generally around puberty. My younger daughter always wants to fast so I let her try by not eating between lunchtime at school (1 pm) and sunset. She usually forgets and starts eating though.

    So that is what it is like for our family during Ramadan.
    chef FIFI
    Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:03 am Groupie
    There have been quite a few ramadans that I ate alone because hubby was at work.
    We usually and it is recommended to invite others to break their fast with you, especially because of the good deeds one acheives by feeding others and especially during ramadan. When we have guests usually the house is full. Tradionally one should break their fast on a date as did the prophet Mohammad, I usually have them around but I myself dont usually break my fast on them. Most people try to have a soup as their first course so that your starting off with something soft on your stomach. My family members often request a homemade cream of something soup(i.e. potato, chicken), which we love so much during ramadan. I try to have a large variety such as rice dish and a couple of meat dishes and sometimes we order a whole stuffed lamb from the local middle eastern restaurants(which I am not a big lamb fan). I am famed for my"metloubeh" which translate into upside down which includes a layer of rice, eggplant and meat, but recipes vary. Because most of the kids in the family are fasting I try to have pizza for them, sometimes they get tired of the same old traditional food. Because I am cooking for a middle eastern crowd, we usually stick mainly to traditional palestinian dishes for guest invites. A few times during the month we might eat out at a restaurant we both like. When breaking your fast with a group it is a feeling like no other. I cant even explain it except it touches my soul. During this month most muslims go to a special prayer after iftoor(dinner) called tarawieh, which is a bit longer than the usual prayer of that time of the day. Some muslims in my area stay at the mosque each day after tarawieh prayer during the last 10 days of ramadan, until morning reading the quran together and asking for supplications because the last 10 days of ramadan are extra special for the quran was revealed during one of the 10 days. After dinner, we have dessert which for the palestinians, jordanian and perhaps the neighboring countries also have, called katayef or atayef(depending on dialect) which is basically a small crepe like circle filled with things like , cheese or walnuts and coconut and folded into a semi circle dipped in sweet syrup. I also make some other dessert to take with as well when going over someone elses house for dinner.
    Ramadan should not be all about cooking, islamically speaking its a time to improve oneself and strengthen our faith and practicing our 5 pillars of islam, but more times than not most women spend alot of the day preparing for dinner. When you fast all day, for the most part you really want to sit down to a good hearty meal, so alot of the time we are busy shopping and preparing for a big meals.
    Most muslims wake up for sahoor, which is basically breakfast before sun up in the early morning. We rarely do because we are too tired to wake up, but we try to get up to at least drink a glass of water.
    Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:38 am Groupie
    Thank you, Happy Mom, for your description of what happens in your house during Ramadan. During the last few days, I was quite hectic about what to cook, can I stand this long time of fasting and so on. Your post reminded me of how we spend those days, eating the dates, then the shorbah... Now I really do look forward to the beginning of Ramadan, friends coming over, the feeling of the first glass of water in the evening.
    My thoughts are with you at work icon_wink.gif . My colleagues always ask, if I mind them drinking coffee right before my eyes icon_lol.gif

    I wish you all a peaceful Ramadan!!

    Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:03 pm Groupie
    You are welcome Gabi! You have just given me my courage back. I just met my husband and he told me that Ramdan may begin tomorrow and I was stunned. I just had it in my head that it would not be til Sunday, even though I know better. The whole way home I was lacking in courage and thinking that I wouldn't be able to make it through one day of fasting, let alone thirty days! This was because I was very tired and hungry. Now I've had some lunch and tea and I've read these posts and I am so grateful to everyone for the inspiration.

    What is everyone cooking and baking tomorrow?

    Best Wishes to Everyone!

    Sun Sep 24, 2006 4:19 am Groupie
    Good Morning and Ramadan Mabrouk!

    We had the same confusion here, my husband came home from work on saturday and told me, some people started today... Well, we had dinner at iftar, and will start today, Sunday.
    I had prepared soup for breakfast, but slept to long and missed it icon_redface.gif , hope I will make it today... For iftar we will have shorba, bread, salad, and a stew with lamb, carottes and peas. Coffee, tea and dates with butter later in the evening. I also like to have some dips and marinated vegetables. Yummy! Today I try to be very active and outside, so I will not think about my stomach too much, firts days are a bit hard!

    Happy fasting, Gabi
    Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:34 am Groupie
    We started fasting yesterday. It was not a difficult first day. The only hard part was that it was raining so could not go outside for a walk/hike or other activity. We had my brother in law and one of my husband's co-workers over to break the fast. We served shorba, l'kebab, homemade bread, pizza roll-ups and salad. My husband did most of the cooking so I just made some cookies and the bread. We made the shorba with lamb which I think is ridiculously expensive. It was $4 per pound and it was not even a good cut. Chicken is so cheap. Only .89 per pound.

    Ramadan Mubarek!!

    chef FIFI
    Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:08 pm Groupie
    Today is my first day....its always a bit difficult the first few days and then after that you body gets used to it. I am sick with a cold, I would love just a glass of water to refresh my parched lips. I will be making a green bean stew today over rice and perhaps a salad.
    Hajar Elizabeth
    Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:20 pm Groupie

    Last edited by Hajar Elizabeth on Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:16 pm, edited 1 time in total
    chef FIFI
    Sun Sep 24, 2006 4:06 pm Groupie
    Sorry to hear your not feeling well and I hope you feel well very soon. I agree with you that not all who stop here will be familiar with arabic/muslim terms I will do my best to translate words that I may use in the future.

    P.S. Hajar you are overdue in the tag game, seeing that you have been ill I totally understand. Would you prefer an extension or just cancel your tag?
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