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I got a message recently asking me if I could share what a day is typically like for us during Ramadan so this post is me making good on my promise to share!  Overall the day is really not that much different from any other day.  Though there are a few exceptions.

That’s 4am not pm.  We wake up early to eat “breakfast”.  This is really hard for me because I am not good at eating early.  During a normal day I wouldn’t have breakfast until 10am at least.  This year I have been very good at getting up, even if it means eating with my eyes closed.

This is our very basic table for the morning meal (suhoor) on one day.  Apparently I had a headache already as there is a big bottle of Advil on the table too.  I try to eat things that will keep me full but most of the time opt for some type of toast, fruit and a little something sweet.  MarocBaba has some potatoes and eggs.  No way I’m getting that down at 4am.

We usually pray the early morning prayer and go back to sleep.  I get up again around 7am to get ready for work and start my day.  Without a lunch break the day goes by a little faster.  I take a break around 1pm to pray again and do a little reading.  By 4pm I’m heading home.  Often after work I try to take a short nap if the kids are cooperative.  With long days of work and fasting I find that I am much more tired than normal.

Even though we’re fasting our kids are not.  This year with Ramadan being during the summer we try to make sure that we are still doing things with the kids.  This can get hard as most activities are outside in the heat.  But it’s important to us that they still enjoy their summer.

Around 7pm I start to prepare our meal for iftar (fast breaking).  I try to vary the menu but staples include chbakiya, dates, lots of water, and a few appetizers and maybe a main dish like a tajine.  This meal happens after 8 but varies depending on the day.  Every day the time moves a little earlier.  When the time comes we dig in!  The kids head to bed after eating and we pray again.

If MarocBaba doesn’t have to work he’ll go to our mosque at night to pray the final prayer of the night and the special Ramadan prayer of tahraweh.  This special prayer incorporates reciting from the Qu’ran into the traditional prayer.  This usually lasts at least an hour and sometimes more.  He usually will come home after 11pm and we will sometimes eat again, usually it’s something small for me but I’ll make him something bigger.  (That is if I’m still awake at this point).

All that’s left is all the dishes to do!!  If I’m really lucky MarocBaba will take care of that after I go to sleep!

So that’s it a typical day.  Not so much different right?

Menu plan for tomorrow:

Suhoor:  One of my favorite Moroccan bread items is beghrir.  This pancake is so tasty in many ways.  My favorite is with nutella and raspberries.  You can make these ahead and freeze.  You can also dip them in honey butter for a tasty treat!

Iftar: I love to do a simple iftar sometimes that includes some great fresh bread and a variety of salads and dips.  Make up several Moroccan salads like zaalook, taktouka and green pepper, add in some hummus and tahina dip with it.  You can add in some fresh olives and fruit dish to the meal too.  Healthy and tasty!

Dinner: Just like with the chicken kabobs you can also make grilled Tuna Kabobs.  I like tuna steak because it’s a thick fish that will hold it’s shape.  Use whatever vegetables you have on hand or are in season to alternate with the chunked tuna.  Season with olive oil, paprika, cumin and some lemon juice.  Grill.

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Amanda Mouttaki

Curious world traveling, mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan.

  • Kelly

    August 21, 2011 #1 Author

    A great window into your daily life during Ramadan, thank you! I love learning more about other’s routines, whether during a special time or not. Fantastic post!


  • Holly S. Warah

    August 20, 2011 #2 Author

    Salaam. Thanks for sharing your day, Amanda. I’ve been enjoying following your Ramadan this month. I think the experience of Ramadan varies from person to person. Speaking from experience, I think a working mother with small children living in the US has a lot of challenges while fasting. It’s very hard to rest and the work is never done. That’s great that your husband does his part with the dishes. That makes a difference.
    Looking forward to hearing about your Eid! Bye for now, Holly


    • marocmama

      August 20, 2011 #3 Author

      Holly – I love your perspective! Thank you for the comments! I hope one day that I’ll be able to experience Ramadan outside of the US in a more relaxed, festive way!


  • A.

    August 20, 2011 #4 Author

    Do u ever go to the masjid? I like u the pic of ur table at suhoor- pretty plates and bowls. Did u get them in morocco?


    • marocmama

      August 20, 2011 #5 Author

      I don’t go at night often because the kids are already in bed so it’s too late. Usually we go once during the week in Ramadan for a community potluck.


  • L.

    August 20, 2011 #6 Author

    I notice u have the knife rack that sticks to the wall. Do u know where i can get one? I have been looking for one for awhile!!


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