Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

#MyHalalDinner Reader Photos

Egyptian koshari. By Maria E. Ortega

Recently on the My Halal Kitchen Facebook page, I decided to ask everyone there to share what they were having for dinner, as I often do because I’m so curious about what you’re all eating! This time, however, I created the hashtag #myhalaldinner for this ‘event’ and asked everyone to submit photos and tell us what the name of the ... Read More »

Teaching Kids About Eid ul Adha

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The following post comes to us all the way from Doha, Qatar where our friend and partner in creating the Sweet Dawah™  Kit line of products at her company, Silver Envelope, Raana Smith lives. Photo Courtesy of Silver Envelope As we move in to the last 10 days leading up to Eid al-Adha, we notice a flurry of things going ... Read More »

Korean Slow Cooked Beef & Vegetables

Korean Slow Cooked Beef with Saffron Road Simmer Sauce

Since we’ve moved into our house and begun construction, it’s the simple things in life that have kind of gone straight out the window- like an organized closet, knowing where all my cooking spices are, and the luxury (because it truly is) of having a working stove hooked up to a gas line, right next to a working sink where ... Read More »

Fruit Chaat

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The perfect starter to a Ramadan Iftar meal, this deliciously-spiced fruit salad recipe was submitted by reader Shazia Wahid. From experience, I know it tastes just as good as it looks and it’s the quintessential dish to appear at an Indo-Pakistani Iftar table during Ramadan.   Fruit ChaatBy Yvonne Maffei Published: July 17, 2013Yield: 4 cups (4 Servings)Prep: 15 minsA ... Read More »

Silver Envelope + My Halal Kitchen = Sweet Dawah Kits for Ramadan, Eid and Islam

My Halal Kitchen for Silver Envelope Sweet Dawah Ramadan and Eid Cupcake and Cookie Kits

One of the most incredibly satisfying parts of my work this year has been a collaboration with the wonderfully creative founder of Silver Envelope, Raana Smith. She’s brilliant, has an eye for design and is a really nice person- and that’s what made this project so special. Raana and I worked together to combine our interests in food, beautiful packaging ... Read More »

Latvian Breakfast Buns

Latvian Breakfast Buns

This recipe was submitted to Our Global Table (Ummah Kitchen) by Maria Kovalova. I think they look amazing! Preparation time: approx. 1 hour Yields 10 buns Cook time: 15-25 minutes Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 egg 1 cup of lookwarm water 2 teaspoons dry yeast 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2-3 tablespoons ... Read More »

What is a Halal Pantry?

Meals are quick and easy when you stock up on things that will supplement fresh meats and produce. Keep some of these items on hand to prepare everyday halal meals to create your own halal pantry.  If the item is highlighted, click on the link to see what the item looks like and how to use it. Related Pages: The ... Read More »

Linguine with Spinach, Mushrooms & Garlic

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If there is any one pasta dish you should make this week, it’s this one. Whether you’re a Meatless Monday subscriber (or any day of the week you plan to go vegetarian) or a strict vegetarian, this dish is savory, delicious and filling. Perhaps the trick is using fully aromatic Crimini mushrooms whose texture is full and meaty, giving your ... Read More »

How to Store & Preserve Olive Oil Properly

Olive oil is a staple in my house. I use it for everything from salads to cooking (lightly, not deep frying or anything intense like that). I don’t use one particular brand all the time because I like to try different things, but there is a method I like to use to keep it fresher longer and to make sure ... Read More »

Arroz con Gandules | Puerto Rican Rice with Pigeon Peas

Puerto Rican, Rice, Arroz

I grew up eating arroz con gandules, that quintessential rice dish that every Puerto Rican family has their own version of making. Most of the time it was made con pollo, or with chicken, but it was also made vegetarian, too. My mom is an American-born Puerto Rican whose family was very traditional in their foodways so this dish was always at ... Read More »