Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

A Spanish Iftar

Paella

My friends and I decided to get together for an Iftar (breaking of the fast dinner). We thought having a theme would be a great way to focus on the food, as well as make it easier to come up with dishes each one of us would be responsible to make. We got together a couple hours before sunset and ... Read More »

Baked Phyllo Shells with Scrambled Eggs: An Easy Suhoor

Breakfast Eggs in Phyllo Cups

What an easy recipe for suhoor (pre-dawn meal before fasting) for your family or for large gatherings such as a qiyam-al-layl (staying up all night for prayer). You can make the phyllo shells the day before and they’ll be just fine to fill them in with the freshly cooked scrambled eggs. For a savory appetizer using these wonderful, flaky homemade phyllo ... Read More »

Halal Food is Good for Everyone: A Live Web Chat

Cows, Sheep in Ohio

I hope you’ll join me for something quite exciting- my first ever web chat, today at 2pm CST on the blog, Muslim Voices. You can go directly to the site link and join in on the conversation. Ask your questions, give your feedback or just follow the conversation until you feel ready to comment. I’ll be expanding on the topic of ... Read More »

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 »