Posts Tagged‘ramadan’

Emirati Harees {Savory Chicken and Oat Porridge}

Today’s post comes from Tarana Khan an expat mom living in the UAE. She blogs at Sand In My Toes, where you can drop by to read more of her parenting and other adventures! You can also catch up with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. Tarana grew up in the Emirates and has plenty of Ramadan memories. One of the things I noticed when I was visiting Dubai this May was the lack of traditional Emirati cuisine. Fear not, Tarana to the rescue! I grew up in the United Arab Emirates, and have spent many seasons of Ramadan here.…

Lebanese Shorbat Adas {Lentil Soup}

Today’s post is from Marie-Claude Leroux of Marie’s Pastiche. She is a French-Canadian blogger living in Nova Scotia and writes about exploring world cultures with kids. This year her family took on the mission of learning about Lebanon, making her addition of lentil soup for this project a perfect fit! You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Our family has been virtually exploring a country (or region) and its culture every year for ten years. This year we headed to the Middle East to spend some time exploring Lebanon. Since we know little about Islam,…

Mhncha

Moroccan Mhncha Cookies {Snake Cookies}

Mhncha means “snake” in Arabic but there is no snake meat in these cookies. They are named for the shape. Typically this cookie is made in a very large size, enough to feed several dozen people. It’s very popular for weddings and other special occasions. A few months ago when I took a cookie class at the Amal Center, we made a smaller version of this popular sweet. They’re more manageable than their big “sister” and perfect for serving or gifting during Ramadan. These are a bit time consuming to make so be sure you have a comfortable work space.…

Dubai Iftar

Best Hotels in Dubai for Ramadan Iftar

Ramadan is around the corner and nowhere are the iftar spreads more impressive than Dubai. If you’re visiting the UAE capital during the month you should make it a point to partake in at least one, even if you’re not fasting. For those unfamiliar with the holiday Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Observant Muslims fast from both food and water beginning at sunrise and lasting until sunset. When fasting finishes for the day there’s a celebration. After the fourth call to prayer for the day (at sunset) the fast is broken with an iftar meal and…

Great Big Eid Giveaway

I hope you’re all having an amazing summer. I’ve been busy readjusting to life here in the United States while we’re visiting. The weather is much cooler and my boys are loving lots of open green space to run and play. We’ve had plenty of bike accidents already and K even got to visit a friends house and help out with their chickens! He came home full of stories about how he got the eggs and the families Amish neighbors and their horses. I keep thinking how wonderful it is that my kids will know so many different ways that…

Slow Cooker Harissa Meatballs

Slow Cooker Harissa Meatballs

Is it just me or have the last five months gone by incredibly fast? I can’t believe that June is part way through. Last year I was so organized and prepared for Ramadan way ahead of time and this year I feel like I’m grasping for straws. This will be my first Ramadan in Morocco. It’s hard to believe that MarocBaba and I have been together for 10 years and I’ve never been in Morocco during this time. We’ll be staying through part of July and then the boys and I are returning to the United States to spend some…

Vegetarian Harira

Vegetarian Moroccan Harira

For Moroccans, harira soup is a Ramadan ritual.  Every evening families sit down to bowls of steaming harira – even when daytime summer temperatures soar about the 100F mark. I love soup, but the last thing I want to do is leave my stove on for hours during the hottest part of summer. Instead, I created this quicker version to satisfy the Ramadan ritual but keep my house at a tolerable temperature. Traditional harira is made with dried lentils, dry chickpeas, rice, vermicelli noodles, a potpurri of herbs and spices, vegetables, and meat – most often lamb. If you’ve ever…

Gluten Free Chebakia

Gluten-Free Chebakia

Chebakia and Ramadan and synonymous in Morocco. You simply can’t have one without the other. This presents a big problem for us. Chebakia are cookies made of flour, spices, honey, and sesame seeds. It’s the flour that is problematic. It’s safe to say that Moroccan families eat dozens and dozens of these cookies every Ramadan.  They are made (or bought) in huge quantities and are time consuming to make – which makes it very clear to me why they’re a special holiday treat.   Last year I decided I would try to make a gluten-free chebakia to serve with harira…