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First Day of Fasting and Tea for One

 

Today is the first day of fasting and I hope that suhoor filled you up!  If this is one of the first times you’re fasting, it does get easier as the week goes on.  Because Ramadan is in the heat of summer this year make sure that you are drinking a lot of water in the mornings and at iftar.  Hydration is even more mportant than food.  Remember I’m posting menus one day ahead but feel free to use them as you see fit.

Suhoor:  Omelettes with vegetables (leftover from dinner last night or freshly cut).  You can add cheese and cut up meat as well.

Reminder: The fast is broken traditionally with dates and water.  Make sure to have plenty of dates on hand to get you through the month.  MY favorite are Mejdool but Neglet or another variety is fine. 

Iftar: A lovely soup from Dinners and Dreams (a great website for more Moroccan food ideas). Chicken Couscous Soup, tea sandwiches, and dates.   This soup is not too heavy for summer but has some good lean protein included as well.  Remember protein keeps you full!  Freeze any leftovers for another night.  An easy accompaniment to this soup are tea sandwiches.  Some suggestions are cucumber and cream cheese on pumpernickel bread or roast beef and swiss with a dijon mustard on rye bread.  Reminder: Steam about 2 cups of extra couscous and set aside for suhoor tomorrow.

Dinner: Beef Tajine with Apricots.  A little more time consuming but worth it.  If you start this right after iftar it should be ready to go in a few hours.  Finish cooking the meat and then after isha prayers cook the prunes/almonds and serve.  Of course if you’re like me and iftar is your big meal you can swap the order of these two around.

 

To celebrate the first official day of fasting I’m kicking off the month by introducing Kusmi Tea.  Every week there will be new products and giveaways to celebrate this holy month – all halal and perfect for eating or entertaining!  So stick around all month for lots of chances to see and win great products.

Buy green tea, darjeeling or herbal tea on KusmiTeaWhen I received the UPS package from Kusmi and opened it up I was floored.  The smell was so intoxicating  I wanted to simply bottle it up and use it as a room freshener!  It’s very rarely that I come across a tea that is so fragrant.  I received two different boxes.

  • Kusmi Detox Tea and;
  • Frosted Variety Box of 12 Iced Tea blends

I spent a lot of time just going through the variety box smelling each one before deciding to give the strawberry green tea a try.  I got MarocBaba a Presto electric tea kettle for his birthday this year and it was perfect to boil up a pot of tea without heating up the house.  After seeping for about 5 minutes I poured it into a pitcher along with a tray of ice cubes, and a few tablespoons of sugar and popped it in the fridge.  What a nice summer treat!  Each of the tea bags in packaged in muslin not the typical coffee filter-like bag.   I feel much better using the muslin tea bags!

A co-worker selected the Japanese green tea to taste because it listed it’s ingredients of green tea, with popped rice and corn.  She told me she wanted to dislike it but was surprised by how smooth and full of flavor it was with no bitterness. MarocBaba tried the green tea with spearmint (the coolest part was that the French title had the mint listed as NaNa – the word used in Morocco for mint!) and was really impressed.  Overall, each of the teas we’ve tried so far have been incredibly smooth and full of flavor.  Even though these are sold as iced tea blends they can very easily be used as a hot tea too.

Some of the other flavors in this pack include;
  • Anastasia: Bergamot, lemon and orange blossom
  • Kashmir Tchai – black tea and spices
  • Ginger- lemon green tea
  • Sweet love: black tea, guarana, spices and pink pepper
  • Be Cool: Caffeine free blend, licorice, and peppermint
  • Green tea with rose petals

 

Kusmi Iced Teas
One lucky reader is going to win a box of the 12 flavored variety pack!  If you don’t want to wait you can order from the Kusmi website – the box of 24 tea sachets sells for $21.95.   Here’s how you can win (please leave a separate comment for each entry);
  • Mandatory entry: Visit the Kusmi website and tell me which of their products is most appealing to you.
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Like MarocMama on Facebook
  • Like Kusmi Tea Paris on Facebook
  • Tweet about this giveaway- you can use the Tweet button at the bottom of this post – leave a hyperlink to your tweet in the comment.  (Not sure how to do this? Just click the time stamp at the bottom of your tweet and it will pull up that single tweet – copy and paste URL)
You have until August 7th, 2011 at midnight to enter.  Good luck!!
This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. I was provided free product in exchange for doing a review however all thoughts are my own.
Don’t forget to join me tonight at 8pm CDT on Twitter for a chat about your favorite summer entertaining ideas!  Use the hashtag #olivesummer

Comments

  1. The spicy chocolate black tea sounds amazing!

  2. ikkinlala says:

    I’m not sure if Canadians may enter, but just in case: I’d love to try Kusmi’s Mint Chocolate black tea.

  3. i would love to try the russian morning! the blend of black teas is a goid idea to keep you up in the mornings :)

  4. I Like Kusmi Tea Paris on Facebook

  5. I Like MarocMama on Facebook

  6. Dee Dee Woodard says:

    I already follow you on facebook. I read your blog with just about every posting. Love ya!

  7. Dee Dee Woodard says:

    I read your reviews and instantly wanted to try them. I think that cold strawberry one looks really good and I’m interested to try the Nah Nah one too.

  8. I like YOU on Facebook!

  9. I like Kusumi on facebook!

  10. I follow you on twitter!

  11. Leslie Belfguira says:

    I would love to try the Strawberry Ice Tea… YUMMY!

  12. I follow you on twitter!

  13. I visited the site and love the Boost Wellness tea!

  14. I like you on FB.

  15. I follow you on Twitter @GoddessFoodie.

  16. I would love to try the Spicy Chocolate black tea or the Strawberry green tea. Both sound very appealing to me.

  17. Hi Amanda, Ramadan Kareem!! I look forward to reading your Ramadan posts this month. I hope your first day went smoothly. Wishing you & your family a blessed Ramadan. All the best, Holly

  18. Green Troika looks the BEST! Ooh, sounds like delicious flavor combination!

    I already like and follow (@kyta) Marocmama; like Kusmi too!)

    • marocmama says:

      Katy – so glad you want to try this out! Can you please leave a separate comment for each item — the tool that I use randomly picks out of all comments – so by leaving a comment for each action you will get more chances to win!

  19. I already liked marocmama on facebook.

  20. Of course I’m going to enter this giveaway. I would love to win the variety pack! I went to the Kusmi site again, and have fallen in love with their miniatures collection. First because of the little tins with tea and the tea infuser.

    The Afternoons looked real interesting. Of course because it includes the Genmaicha which is the one I liked, and also Christmas Tea, Spicy chocolate, Rose Green Tea and Green St Petersburg.

  21. Salam alaikom. Ramadan Mubarak!
    I haven’t started fasting yet due to medical reasons. InshAllah later this week!
    What kind of couscous do u buy (I mean what brand, do u use instant)?
    What is a Presto electric tea kettle?

    • marocmama says:

      Walaikum salaam – you can use the instant no problem. sorry I don’t know the name brand because I buy it in bulk from the bulk food store. The Presto kettle is this little thing that I am in love with!! – easier to show than describe!