Eid Al-Fitr by Dr. Seuss

I would like to take a moment away from my family and festivities to share this Eid greeting with you. Inspired by Dr. Seuss, my husband drew the Saraya (himself, he’s so talented!) and posted it to all his family and friends on Facebook. And in the same spirit, this was my reply! I hope…

Ramadan in a Sofra

At sunset every day, during the holy month of Ramadan, the Sofra is the magnet that pulls family members together. Mom and the older girls emerge from the kitchen;  Dad comes home from mindlessly roaming the street – avoiding his stressed out wife; the zombie-like teenagers are freed from the trance of their mobile phones and…

The Spirit of Ramadan Past

Ramadan is a month of fasting and feasting.  More pious Muslims will say that feasting defies the purpose of the month, that really it is a month for worship only. But for me feasting is integral to Ramadan. It puts our plentiful food into stark contrast with our daytime deprivation, making us even more grateful…

Life Lessons

I learned much of what I know about cooking very passively, by absentmindedly watching how my mother handled the kitchen.  As a child, I never took much interest in cooking or baking; I was more into arts and crafts.  Being in the kitchen was never part of my chores, and it was easier for my…

Dehydrated

This scorching heat has dried me up.  The lack of water all day doesn’t help.  I water my potted balcony “garden” almost twice a day. My fridge is still defrosting so I’m still in the spirit of being resourceful with food storage.  My tomato plant hasn’t borne any fruit yet (for those of you who…

On Thin Ice

My refrigerator broke down. Hubby went to the shop to ask to get it repaired. They said sorry your warranty just ran out, there’s nothing we can do about it. Hubby said are you serious, do you just want me to throw it away? Can’t someone fix it I can pay for it you know?…

It’s Not Only Soup!

A heated discussion about a previous post titled “It’s Only Soup” ended with a somewhat clearer picture of what Libyan soup consists of, but I am still no closer to revealing the origins of this elusive broth.  A suggestion that tomatoes were around since the time of the Romans proved untrue since tomatoes were first…

Blog-trotting

I have spent the past month blogging away partially oblivious to what my counterparts were doing.  So this morning I had an epiphany – why not read what other Libyan bloggers (or bloggers in Libya) have/had to say about stocking up on food for Ramadan.  These are some captions from my favorites: Khadija Teri @…

Sugar Syrup

I guess my blood sugar must be getting low by now because I am desperately craving something sweet.  I would usually head straight for chocolate, but come Ramadan all I want are sticky, aromatic Arabian pastries.  Sweets in the Arab world go hand in hand with one thing, a’asel, qatar, atar, or sugar syrup. This…

Simple Ideas

Growing up abroad, I was always fascinated by how the Americans celebrated their holidays.  Christmas was all about the lights and decorated tree, there was the Easter bunny and the Thanksgiving parade.  It was a child’s (and, I now realize, a retailer’s) wonderland.  I must admit I have been disappointed by the lack of festivity…

Breakfast

I got up early as usually this morning and woke up to a sleeping silent city. It was calming allowing me to reflect on many things. I love the sound of nothing.  No breakfast to make this morning (except for the little one), ours will have to wait until the sun goes down.  Amazingly most…