Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ramadan mubarak

Today is the first day of Ramadan.

I got up early to make breakfast for my husband, the kind we used to eat with his family on weekends before we had kids and everyone's schedules got so wildly divergent. We had:

Foul (pronounced fool)-- this is a kind of bean salad, made with fava beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil.

Za'atar -- this is an herb mix that you eat by dipping a piece of bread into olive oil, and then into the za'atar.

Cucumbers and olives

Feta cheese

Lebni -- some people call this Greek yogurt. It is yogurt that has the whey strained out so that it is very thick and creamy. The most common way of serving it is with olive oil poured over it, and crushed dried mint sprinkled over that. It has a beautiful refreshing taste.

Halaweh -- or halvah. This is a paste of ground sesame seeds sweetened (a lot) with sugar. The kind we like also has pistachios.

Cherry preserves

French bread and butter -- it may seem odd not to eat all this food with pita bread, but Nabil likes baguettes better.

We needed to finish eating by 5:37, but Nabil actually had to go back to work for something he had forgotten, so he left around 5:15 to do that. It's odd to think that many people are leaving for work then, or have already left, whereas he is going to drive to work, pick something up, and then come home to sleep.

It may seem odd to talk about a day of fasting with descriptions of food, but one thing that Ramadan does is help you truly appreciate the food you have. This will be a long day for me, because Ziad will spend the day in Santa Cruz, accompanied by Maya and me.



Blogger Vivian said...

Hope your day goes well. That's an aweful early breakfast! (speaking from she who cannot drag herself out of bed until after 7 and still cannot manage to get breakfast at 9:45). Lebni sounds delicious.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Lesley said...

It all sounds yummy.

4:20 PM  

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