Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Lovely Iftar with Friends


Assalamualaikum! I hope your days are going well. The last ten nights of Ramadan are here. The time flies so fast, it feels like we just started fasting yesterday. Alhamdulillah, I was blessed with the opportunity to have a small gathering of friends over for iftar. It was a night filled with conversation, laughter, and fun.

You know you're desi when your invite was for 8pm and people start trickling in around 8:45pm (and you're secretly glad because your prep is also running behind schedule). ;)

Today, I am sharing the iftar and dinner menu of the night for inspiration. With my husband's support and encouragement, I was able to put together this menu. Thanks, once again, to all of my lovely friends for joining us and please keep me and my family in your duas. Please let me know if you would like any of the recipes of the food items below. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Crescent and Star Shaped Rice Crispy Treats


Ramadan Kareem to all of my readers! We've almost reached the halfway mark of Ramadan, which always creates a bittersweet feeling for me. The end of Ramadan means no more huge amounts of reward for every little thing you do and no more bonding over iftar and suhoor. At the same time it means no more hunger pains in the middle of the day and no more crazy schedules. Even more, it means that my favorite holiday, Eid, is coming up. So it's a very sad feeling with a hint of excitement.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mini Mushroom and Beef Sliders




The season of burgers, picnics, and outdoor activities is here! I'm joined once again by my mother to present to you the latest video on my channel - Mini Mushroom and Beef Sliders. This dish is simple but the flavors are perfect. The 2 to 1 ratio of beef to mushrooms makes this burger patty incredibly moist. Serve the patty up with your fave toppings and you'll have the perfect burger for this summer's festivities. Give it a try and I know you won't be disappointed. 

Mini Mushroom and Beef Sliders
(makes 6-8 patties)

2 tbsp olive oil
8 oz mushrooms, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste

1 egg white

burger toppings: (optional) 
swiss cheese
mini slider buns
lettuce
tomatoes
pickles
mayonnaise
ketchup

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized pan. Then sauté garlic until aromatic. Saute the onions till they are soft and translucent. 

Add the mushrooms and sauté them on medium heat until they are wilted; then cook them on high heat just until the juices dry up. A pinch of salt at this stage will speed up the process.

In a large bowl, combine all of the burger patty ingredients with clean hands. Once the mixture has cooled down, form 6-8 patties. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. 

Cook them on a stove top pan on medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until browned. When there is only a minute left till they are completely done, add the cheese on top and cover the pan. 

Serve in mini slider buns with all your favorite toppings. Enjoy!




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DIY Advent Calendar



Here's a fun way to celebrate the blessed month of Ramadan with your kids and count down till Eid!

My son is almost three this year and it will be his first year officially celebrating the month! His understanding of Ramadan is strong enough for him to enjoy the festivity that this blessed month brings into our lives.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ramadan and Apple Rose Pastries



It was almost a year ago when Lubna at Yummy Food asked me to write a guest blogpost for her special Ramadan series "Joy from Fasting and Feasting."

Ramadan is an auspicious month for Muslims all over the world. Muslims join together to fast and increase spirituality, love, camaraderie, and unity during this special month. From dawn, fasters abstain from eating or drinking till the cry of the athan (call to prayer) at dusk reaches their ears, either from a mosque or from our preset phone alarms. The meal that we eat when breaking our fast is called "iftar." Joy from Fasting and Feasting is a clever and well suited title to celebrate the special food traditions at iftar time of Muslims all over the world.
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