Reflections Of Andalusia

Today’s post is the 30th and last post of Ramadan Special 2013  Throughout this Ramadan, I had been exploring the essence of the Holy month, the spirit of Ramadan and its cultural traditions in different countries and various eras. One thing very evident is that Muslims everywhere celebrate Ramadan very similarly, despite the few differences …

Ramadan in Pakistan

A month filled with excitement, aromas and delicious indulgent food “The excitement of Ramadan is very well celebrated in Pakistan. Being one of the largest Muslim countries of the world, this is a very important month, socially, religiously and spiritually.” – Sumayya Jamil, London based Cookery Teacher and Food Writer  One of the most noticeable …

Al Musaherati Tradition المسحراتي

“My parents reminisce about their childhood days in Hyderabad, where a man holding a lantern would come around in the wee hours before dawn calling ‘Uthoooooo, Sahre Karoooooo!’ (meaning, Wake up, do Suhoor!). “ -Arva Ahmed, Author of the blog I Live In a Frying Pan  and owner of the food tours company Frying Pan Adventures    …

Ramadan in India

    Hyderabad’s love for food needs no excuse   “While I have grown up far away from my hometown in India, my talented mother has rekindled the soul of Hyderabadi Ramadan cooking for us in our home in Dubai. I would step through our apartment door after school, childishly hungry after a half-day of fasting, …

Ramadan in Old Times Jordan

    “Back in the day, when people in Jordan did not have televisions, radio or speakers to hear the Athan الأذان (call for prayer), the kids used to go to the Mosque before Iftar and wait there until the Athan, then run back home to tell their families that they can now break their …

Ramadan In Jordan

Unique Traditions and the Bedouin Jordanian Mansaf “Ramadan in my country means Home and Family. We like to eat at home during the Holy month, or at a close relative’s home. We enjoy family gatherings, and raise our kids to appreciate them too, as we believe these family ties have a huge positive effect on …

Soups & The Origin Of Restaurants

Did you know that soups are the base of eating as we know it today? Better yet,  did you know that soups are the base of the thought ‘nurturing the body through food’? How about if I tell you that soups are the origin of restaurants? What does it all have to do with Ramadan?   Yes …

Ramadan in Algeria – The traditions, customs & food

“Food is the most prominent of my early childhood memories of Ramadan. The fragrance of fresh coriander leaves being chopped for my mother’s hearty ‘chorba frik’, prepared in a shorba clay pot that is purposely bought for Ramadan… the aroma of orange blossom water from the ‘Andalusian Prune Tajine’… and the smoky flavors of grilled …

How She Remembers Ramadan in 1910 – 1950 Algeria

  “My grandmother Djenet is 82 years old, bless her, and is a very curious lady who likes to chat. I love her and love chatting with her especially about old times. When I asked her what she remembers about Ramadan foods back in the day, and during her early years, she said: ‘food was …