Ramadan and Food

Today is the first day of Ramadan in North America.  Not sure what that means?  Here is a good explanation.  The short of it however is that Ramadan is the 9th lunar month on the Islamic calendar and entails fasting from worldly pleasures (food, drink, intimacy…) from sun up until sun down for the entire month.  It is a time to focus on faith, God and in a way purification of the soul.  So while no food or drink is allowed during the day; once the sun goes down all prohibitions are listed.  The morning meal is known as suhoor, the breaking of the fast an iftar and often a third meal occurs later in the night (11pm-12am) that’s just dinner. 
I really struggle to eat in the morning, I don’t generally eat breakfast but to skip suhoor makes for a long and hungry day.  Last night I made a really easy quiche that helped out this morning.  I think it’s a great idea for a make ahead meal that can be heated up as desired. 
quiche
Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
Ingredients:                                                                                                        
6 eggs
¼ cup whipping cream
¼ cup skim milk
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (or any kind really)
½  cup chopped frozen broccoli (quantity is by preference)
Salt, pepper and garlic powder for seasoning
1 pie crust

Directions
Preheat oven to 350F.  In a bowl crack all of the eggs and beat well.  Add the whipping cream and milk and mix again.  Sprinkle in cheese, broccoli and seasoning.  In a pie pan lay out the dough and crimp the edges for a nice look.  Pour the egg mixture into the crust and place into oven.  Bake for 45minutes or until the eggs are set.  Enjoy!  This can easily be reheated at anytime. 


P.S. Did you notice my sidebar Ramadan cookbook?  I’ve compiled my favorite links and ideas for recipes on Delicious.  I’ll update throughout the month.  

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