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    Hajar Elizabeth
    Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:05 pm Groupie

    Last edited by Hajar Elizabeth on Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:17 pm, edited 1 time in total
    chef FIFI
    Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:20 am Groupie
    Thats quite allright icon_biggrin.gif . I just hope you feel better soon. Its certainly no fun being sick.
    Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:40 pm Groupie
    Hajar, I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I've been thinking about you as I prepared food over the weekend.

    Today is third day fasting in Boston. I have made the following:

    "Arabian Pita Bread(&#1582;&#1576;&#1586; &#1593;&#1585;&#1576;&#1610;)"
    This is the easiest bread I have ever made. Served it for Iftar (the meal you eat at sunset to break your fast) on Saturday and got raves from family and friends.

    "Hajar's Best Moroccan Chorba"
    We will serve shorba (soup) every night during Ramadan. We made it with lamb for Saturday and Sunday. Tonight I will make it with chicken. We use the veg we have on hand so it comes out a bit different each time.

    "L'kebab (Algerian Fried Potato in Sauce)"
    My husband made this dish. It's basically just french fries in a chicken and chick pea stew. He makes his own french fries to go with it; on a weeknight I just use the frozen ones.

    "Garantita (Algerian Chick Pea Pie)"
    This is a baked pie made with chick pea flour.

    "Grandma's Soft Sugar Cookies"
    So easy and quick. Very plain but sometimes that is what you want and need.

    "Raspberry Filled Almond Shortbread with Almond Glaze"
    Great with tea and coffee. My favorite cookie because I love almonds.

    What have other people been serving?
    Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:50 am Groupie
    Good Morning, everyone,

    Hajar, I hope you are feeling better??

    I'll jump right in, here's what we had yesterday:

    The usual Shorbah, close to Hajar's recipe, salad, bread, olives and iranian pickled vegetables (store-bought), Dolma (stuffed zucchini & potatoes) and puff pastry filled with leek and mushrooms. Then coffee, butter cookies (store-bought again icon_redface.gif ) Dates with milk and butter.

    For breakfast I'm having a chinese/Thai vegetable soup this week, it's so nice to have something warm and cosy early in the morning!

    Tonight we will have some left-overs, I HATE to throw away food, especially during Ramadan!

    Tomorrow will be time for another big pot of shorba icon_lol.gif

    Best wishes,

    Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:32 am Groupie
    I would like to help Hajar. As you all know she is ill with the flu and ect. I am a content Nothinarian but would like to help her as she is alone during Ramadan. I know very little about it--other than what she has told me of course. So while she is ill and alone I would like to know what would be appropriate to take her for food during this time. I am about an hour north of her so something that would travel would be best. Would you give me some ideas of what and how it should be made (ie: method if different) and time of day that is appropriate. I assume it would be appropriate to take food even tho I am not Muslim?
    I can only imagine the feeling of being the only one during a special time.
    I appreciate everyones help.
    chef FIFI
    Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:06 am Groupie
    Thats very thoughtful of you indeed.
    Its very appropriate to help out one another. It doesnt matter if you are muslim or not, the only thing that we refrain from eating is anything with pork or its by products or alcohol(beverages, flavoring agents with alcohol e.t.c.)
    Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:40 am Groupie
    Your message shows the true spirit of Ramadan.

    The food she probably wants is soup - either shorba or harira. Harira, I think is more common during Ramadan for those in Morocco. I just looked at these recipes and I think you can do either. Both of them are Hajar's.

    "Hajar's Own Harira -- the National Soup of Morocco"
    "Hajar's Best Moroccan Chorba"

    I've never made Harira. I make Shorba and it is fairly easy. For both recipes, I think you could use canned chick peas or beans rather than dried. Just add them at the end of the cooking process as they are already cooked. You can use lamb (shoulder), beef or chicken (thighs and legs). Do not use garlic or pork in anything you prepare.

    There is no special preparation that I know of. If she is fasting, she is not eating between Dawn (Fujr) and Sunset (Maghrib). I don't know where Hajjar lives exactly but I am in Boston and sunset today (9/26) is at 6:35 pm. Sunset in Southern Maine is probably around the same time.

    Traditionally the fast is broken with buttermilk and dates, then the soup is eaten followed by other dishes. We always have salad, olives and tons of bread. Bread is special. Hajar has written about her breads and has a few recipes but I have not made them and don't know which, if either, is more likely to be eaten during Ramadan in Morocco. I think any nice crusty, fresh loaf will do.

    We always have cookies, fruit, coffee and tea for dessert.

    Hajar will probably be happy with anything you bring or prepare and she will feel blessed to have a friend like you. icon_biggrin.gif

    Good Luck!
    chef FIFI
    Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:05 pm Groupie
    Well today we had left overs....Rice, baked kufta in a tomato sauce, maftoul, and red lobster garlic biscuits...finished it off with coffee and a piece of pie.

    I had made chicken eggrolls for the last two days....I think I will take a break for a while.

    Tomorrow I am aiming to make metlubeh(upside down, chicken, rice, eggplant)
    with a side of arabic salad, and yogurt.
    Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:28 am Groupie
    Today is going to be tricky. We are out of leftovers. I am working until mid-afternoon, then picking the kids up at school. My husband, who usually works at night, is working until 6 pm. I have a meeting at 6 pm. Maghrib (sunset) is at 6:34 pm today. I think I will have to race home after picking up the kids and whip up some shorba (soup) and get the table all set, then go to the meeting. Husband will probably get in around 7 and he can sit down to a nice meal with the kids. I will not get home til 8 pm so I will have to break my fast with water and bread during my meeting.

    I am looking forward to the weekend. My sister will be visiting with her children. She is not a muslim but I think she will enjoy all the food, watching the preparation and having the cookies, etc.

    Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their week.
    Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:08 am Groupie
    I am lucky to have some leftover stew for my husband, and some bourek for myself. I also have to cook another pot of shorba that will last for the next three days...
    Has anyone a nice idea for breakfast? I am so bored of my usual sandwiches!

    Hajar, I hope you are feeling better?? (Will try your preserved lemons this weekend!)

    Happy cooking...

    Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:13 am Groupie
    Halal Mom - I can appreciate your boredom. I've been having the following in the morning:

    oatmeal made with milk topped with apples, raisins, almonds and brown sugar
    toast with peanut butter and bananas and raisins
    plain yogurt topped with fruit, nuts and granola

    The oatmeal is the most filling of the choices and I've had it the last 4 days so now I am totally sick of it I always have tea as well. Last year I didn't have a much time and I had granola bars with pears, bananas, apples, etc. and a glass of milk.

    It is apple season here. I'm going this weekend to pick apples with my sister who will be visiting from Philadelphia. I hope to make a pie or some muffins with what we pick.

    Hope that helps you. Enjoy your day.
    Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:35 am Groupie
    Muffins!! Something like Pizza-Muffins... Great Idea!

    Thanks so much!
    Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:48 am Groupie
    Hello everyone
    I went to Hajar's last evening. She is still quite ill but progressing in the right direction. I spent the evening with her and took her dates, yogurt and grainy bread for her breakfast time.
    I'm sure she would be happy to hear from everyone. It might be some time until she is able to sit up to the computer for any length of time to respond. She does check her email occasionally.
    chef FIFI
    Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:22 am Groupie
    Debbi you have touched me with your generosity. Wishing Hajar a speedy recovery. icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:39 pm Groupie
    Hajar - Giant Hugs!!! Hope you get better soon! We miss you icon_smile.gif
    You have a wonderful friend!
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