Ramadan In Lebanon

“The most significant Ramadan tradition that my family follows is being together as a family and I do hope and believe that the younger generation does follow this tradition. Ramadan is a lovely time of the year that I would invite everyone to join in and celebrate regardless of religion or culture.” – Tala Soubra   As …

Al Hakawati الحكواتي – The Storyteller tradition

حكواتي Hakawati is an Arabic word that Literally means ‘a storyteller’.  In Arabic Culture a Hakawati is the person who is known for his/her talent in storytelling, that who attracts everyone to sit and eagerly listen. However, never one to tell nonsense or aimless stories of self heroism – which traditionally is seen as a shameful …

Ramadan in Bahrain

When I was living in Bahrain I used to always look forward to Ramadan over there. The island is such fun during the Holy month! With many Ramadan tents to hang out after Iftar, where everyone gathers to play cards, and nibble on delicious food all the while listening to live music bands playing music …

Ramadan in the UAE

“We never eat out during Ramadan. It’s a time we spend with the family.” – Arwa Lootah, Emirati food blogger ‘La Mere Culinaire’   Recent Trends Perhaps the most prominent image in the mind of all expats, for Ramadan in the UAE, is that of the Ramadan Tents. Set up for the month of Ramadan, …

Ramadan In Morocco

  “For the Moroccans, Ramadan is the time of home, a time where mothers and grandmothers care for the family and, as ever, that care is displayed through food. Around a big table of meticulously created meals sits the whole family, all at the same time, to share and enjoy the delicious food prepared with utmost care.” …

The Mystery of Moroccan Tagines

“The word Tagine has reached folkloric status. People are charmed both by the promise of a complexly flavoured dish and by the visually seductive image of the cooking pot of the same name, with it’s round low-rimmed earthenware bottom and high conical top. … Tagine pots are versatile, and I strongly recommend that you acquire …

Ramadan In USA

“My Ramadan food memories come from my family’s very Egyptian kitchen in the US, where I grew up. One of the most important aspects of the season was to feed the community around us.”  – Sarah Dajani, Pastry student at Le Cordon Bleu Paris    While the US is not the first place that pops …

Hareem Al Sultan, The Reality & The Drama

“The people think of wealth and power as the greatest fate, But in this world a spell of health is the best state. What men call sovereignty is a worldly strife and constant war; Worship of God is the highest throne, the happiest of all estates.”   – Sultan Suleiman i, aka Suleiman the Magnificent …

Ottoman Ramadan Traditions & Foods

“This evening is number 16 As the month of Ramadan goes Today the Janissaries got Baklava from the Padisah” – Ottoman Fasil recited at the palace when Baklava trays have been distributed to the Janissaries   Ramazanlik (The Ottoman Ramadan Pantry) Unlike today, in old times, fruit, vegetable and dried goods were not available throughout the …