Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Dates & Cream Iftar

Ramadan Mubarak! Muslims all over the world are embarking on another blessed month of fasting from food and drink (pre-dawn to sunset) in order to re-focus on what is spiritually important in their lives. Although they’ll  be breaking the fast in different ways around the world, according to their own particular and culturally desirable tastebuds, one food that will probably make it to ... Read More »

Talking Iftar On the Kojo Nnamdi Show, American University Radio

The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Last week was an incredibly busy and productive week, alhamdullilah. For starters, I saw the very impressive food documentary, Fresh, which I plan to review here soon. I also met some wonderful people at the Chicago Botanic Garden where I learned about how to properly clean gardening tools, everything you want to know about growing tomatoes, keeping bees or every variety of ... Read More »

Blueberry Paletas

Blueberry Paleta

If you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, anywhere in Mexico or near a large Mexican population you’ve probably heard of paletas. If you haven’t heard, they are some of the most delicious summer treats one can enjoy. Made with fresh, frozen fruits in dairy or water base, these lovely popsicles aren’t just for kids. Recently, I made my husband run ... Read More »

Summer Guava Drink

I grew up drinking guava nectar, my first real introduction being rare, but exciting trips to a Puerto Rican corner store with my mother. She would spoil me with tiny bananas, coconut candies and other goodies not found in our neighborhood stores. Opening up a can of Goya drinks, be them mango, pera (pear), or guyaba (guava) would evoke a keen sense of exotica in my mind. ... Read More »

Caramel Sesame Candy

caramel sesame candy

Though I’m not particularly a fan of candy, I do love anything with sesames seeds or honey. Additionally, it’s a common traditonal sweet  in both Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine, two of my favorites. This recipe is my version, which is softer than the harder candies found at ethnic grocers. While watching an episode of Lidia’s Italy, I got a pretty good idea of ... Read More »

Sour Cherry Syrup & Flavored Yogurt

Have you heard about all of the wild things they put in good old fashioned {commercial} brands of yogurt? Some contain high fructose corn syrup; others have pork-derived gelatin. If you’ve visited this blog before, you know I’m absolutely against the addition (and creation of) high fructose corn syrup in anything. Additionally, foods with swine are not halal (permissible). That ... Read More »

10 Tips to Keep You Efficient in the Kitchen During Ramadan

Efficiency & productivity in the kitchen is a skill that can always be improved upon. During Ramadan, however, it’s more important than ever to maintain these qualities in order to spend less time in the kitchen and more time taking advantage of the opportunities for ibadat (worship) and good deeds. Check out these ten tips to get you in and out of the ... Read More »

Creme Fraiche, Figs and Honey

Honey is one of my absolute favorite food and health items.  I don’t consider it as just a food, but also a medicine and a beauty product. Whenever I have an upset stomach, I take a heaping tablespoon of honey and normally feel the stomach ache disappear. To soften my skin, I make my own honey facials. In baking, I use ... Read More »

How to Dry Citrus Peels

How to Dry Citrus Peels | My Halal Kitchen

Whether you have tons of lemons and limes around or just a few, it’s easy to preserve the outer skin, or zest, for future use in baking and cooking. Did you ever realize how expensive it can be to purchase a jar of this stuff? It’s steep. That’s why I make my own. I had a ton of citrus fruits ... Read More »

Lemon-Lime Granita

With so much produce left over from the cooking demonstrations I conducted at the ISNA convention over 4th of July weekend, I had to come up with ways to use and preserve the goods. This lemon-lime granita is just one of the ways I used over 80 limes and 60 lemons left from our beautiful display. Granita, similar to a ... Read More »