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What Did You Eat This Ramadan?

During Ramadan, our foodie family has been taking turns cooking iftar meals. These past couple of weeks of making old favorites and trying new recipes has been absolutely fun. Here are our top three dishes that I hope inspire your cooking as we near the end of the holy month.

Nothing beats Mama’s cooking! I mean, she’s the one that has truly inspired us kids to be the foodies we are today. We can’t go through the holy month without Mama’s delicious kushary. A popular Egyptian street food dish that consists of rice, lentils and pasta that’s drizzled with garlic marinara sauce, and topped with crispy fried onions.

What makes my mama’s take different than most traditional takes is that she makes the typical Egyptian rice with vermicelli noodles and uses two kinds of pasta, both spaghetti and salad macaroni. If this isn’t carb heaven, it’s not kushary.

For Mother’s Day dinner, my brother Samy took a risk from his usual steak and curry dishes to make a slow cooked brisket. Alongside all the fixings, it came out pretty good! We’re talking baked potato, roasted tomatoes, garlic and corn as well as a side of sauteed asparagus for good measure.

The meat was tender and seasoned to absolute perfection. Kudos to my brother because I can’t wait for the encore!

Speaking of encores, when I make something the family loves, I’m usually almost asked to remake it. Now when my nephew raved for days about my crispy chicken tenders and waffles -from scratch might I add- I couldn’t say no when he asked for more chicken.

Thus I combined two of his favorites that I’ve made for the family throughout Ramadan into one simple dish. Crispy chicken tenders atop Parmesan penne pasta. I use boneless chicken breasts, cut into four pieces each and use seasoned breadcrumbs. As penne pasta is one of my favorites, I love coming up with varying recipes for it. This one however has always been a favorite with the family, with a light fresh tomato sauce with cheese cooked in the sauce as well as garnished on top.

Who can say no to more cheese? And I’m lactose intolerant!

Do share in the comments what’s a dish you must have in Ramadan? What’s a dish you tried for the first time? What’s a favorite you’re favorite dish to cook up?

The First Day of Spring

Today is the first day of spring which means it’s mother’s day in the Middle East..

To the woman whom has taught me how to love and fear God, why I should love others unconditionally for nothing in return, the appreciation of God’s creatures, how to be the one that listens but not to forget to speak out, being kind and generous all while looking too good for my own good!

HAPPY MOMMY’S DAY MAMA!! Love you, miss you, can’t wait to hug you, kiss you Insha’Allah!! xoxoxox

Happy Mother’s day to all the wonderful women whom have inspired me and helped my mama deal with the crazy child that is me! Know that I love you, miss you and have you in my prayers always!!

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Valentine’s Day… Who Cares?!

After reading Dean Obeidallah‘s hilarious piece with regards to Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d include my perspective in the mix.

I LOVE chocolates… who doesn’t right? I enjoy flowers, we have them in our house all the time. I was raised to always express my love and appreciation to my family and friends. However, I don’t in anyway believe that I or anyone should bring or do any of this exclusively on February the 14th.

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Valentine’s Day is one of those Hallmark holidays. I call it that because it was invented to sell greeting cards. There is no holiday in February except for President’s Day… who is going to buy a greeting card for that? It has since evolved into an unnecessary holiday that forces people to spend money. What goes with greeting cards? Flowers. What’s sweet that goes with both? Candy. How to make candy last? Turn it into jewelry, preferably a gem of sorts. What is expected after buying all this stuff? Hopefully three minutes of physical pleasure.

Seriously? Yes!

I swear the same goes for May when Hallmark someone invented Mother’s Day and June for Father’s Day. My parents don’t get all upset when no one buys them a present or breakfast in bed. Why? Because we appreciate our parents EVERYDAY. I don’t need a day in the year to go all out for either of them. Their five kids do it every day (or at least attempt to do, I’m not gonna lie!).

So I ask you all, single or not, to celebrate love in all it’s forms EVERYDAY! Not just on February 14th. Don’t feel obligated to go all out just because of the day. Don’t get caught up in this materialistic hype, I’m sure many of you are still paying off the debt you incurred from Christmas not even two months ago!

I’d also like to take the opportunity to tell my family and friends: I LOVE YOU. I appreciate you in all your goodness and flaws. I’m not the person that I am today without you and for that I love you more every day.

To all my readers peeps, I love you too! =)

Ms. Hala