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.
When 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.
- 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
- Mandatory entry: Visit the Kusmi website and tell me which of their products is most appealing to you.
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- 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!!