Yesterday was the first full day of fasting for us here in Chicago. We had a great suhoor (pre-dawn meal) of eggs with spinach, ground beef with Italian herbs and a side of black beans. For iftar (breaking of the fast) we had skirt steak with only four ingredients: olive oil, salt, black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Both were simple and quick to make, but very filling and nutritious. A lot of water and watermelon at the end of each helped so much to feel hydrated- something we’ll need all throughout the each day as we face a 16- hour fast.
There’s a lot going on around here and for those of you who haven’t subscribed to my newsletter, you may not know about the variety of upcoming events and ways you can chat or speak to me live throughout Ramadan to get tips on cooking, organizing the kitchen and just eating more healthy in general.
We’ve also been fortunate enough to have a lot of great press these days following our announcement about our partnership with Saffron Road foods for the month of Ramadan. Please continue to support this effort and thank companies like Whole Foods who have gone the extra mile to invite me to guest post on their blog, Whole Story, to talk about Ramadan and share my signature recipe for Dates with Cream, which can be made using creme fraiche or mascarpone cheese.
There was a lot going on in My Halal Kitchen even before Ramadan started, but now that the month of fasting is upon us, we’re talking about cooking wholesome, natural food even more than ever before! I want to help you do things quicker, easier and simpler so that you have time for other, even more important things this month. Here’s a bit of a recap, in case you missed anything:
Saffron Road and Whole Foods Market have decided to five separate giveaways on this blog throughout the month of Ramadan, occurring every Wednesday (the first of which was on July 27), insha’allah. Whole Foods is offering a $100 gift card and Saffron Road is giving away five coupons good for FREE products available at Whole Foods stores in the U.S. That’s awesome, isn’t it?
Chat or Speak With Me Live
Get out your calendar! I’m conducting a series of several live web chats on my Facebook page wall this month:
Thursday, August 4: Keep Cooking Simple During Ramadan. 12-1 pm CT
Thursday, August 25: Quick Cooking for an ‘Eid Gathering. 12-1 pm CT
Radio Islam has asked me to join their program every Friday evening this Ramadan to talk about cooking tips and recipes:
Fridays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6:00-6:15 pm online at Radio Islam.
For more details on any of these events, please visit my Events page on Facebook.
My Halal Kitchen in the Media
It’s been exciting to see an exceptional amount of coverage about Ramadan this year and alhamdullilah, I feel blessed to be a part of that. It’s great for all of us to have the positive reviews and invitation to explain what this month means to us. Please take a moment to visit each of these pages and where you can, do leave a comment to show your support.
Spirituality in the Kitchen: A New Generation of Muslims is Opting for Local, Free-Range and Organic Foods to Break Their Ramadan Fast. Chicago Tribune. August 1, 2011 by Manya A. Brachear.
Preparing for Ramadan– a guest post by Yvonne on the Whole Story, the official blog of Whole Foods Market. July 27, 2011.
How We Observe Ramadan in an Always-On Society. Southern California Public Radio. August 1, 2011 by Yasmin Nouh.
So, It’s Ramadan. You’ve Fasted All Day, But Now It’s Sundown: What’s for Dinner? Beliefnet. July 28, 2011 by Rob Kerby.
Ramadan-Related Articles and Recipes
You can search this site by category under ‘Ramadan’ (lower right-hand side of home page) or going to this link. Just be sure to click on the ‘previous posts’ link to see more articles and recipes in that category. Below are just a couple links to get you started.
4 Tips to Organize Your Ramadan Cooking– includes a meal plan and more
Insha’allah there will be much more information than listed here, so be sure to subscribe to this blog to get updated articles directly to your inbox.
Even if you don’t fast, I hope you’ll find the information as useful, beneficial, and applicable to your life in general–and pass it along!
Have a peaceful, blessed month, everyone and thank you for making my halal kitchen a place where I always love to be!