Ramadan Kareem – 2020

April 24th, 2020

Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar, Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. Today is the first day of Ramadan.

Wishing you and your loved ones joy and blessings in this Holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem.

Photo: Ma’arouk Ramadan

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Nisf Sha’aban – 2020

April 8th, 2020

Sha’aban is the eighth month of the Islamic calender, it is the month before Ramadan.

Nisf Sha’aban or Mid-Sha’aban is the 15th day of the eighth month (sha’aban) of the Islamic lunar calendar. Laylat Nisf Sha’aban is the night preceding the 15th day of Sha’aban. The most important event at the fifteenth of Sha’aban was the changing of the qiblah which was ordered by God from Masjid Al-Aqsa (Al-Aqsa Mosque) in Jerusalem, to Masjid Al-Haram (The Sacred Mosque) in Mecca.

In Syria, it is a tradition to celebrate Nisf Sha’aban every year. In Hama, special sweets are prepared for this occasion, these sweets can’t be found on other days of the year, they are Ma’amoul Abiad, Makbouseh, Mahia and Bashmina. In Aleppo, the food prepared for Nisf Sha’aban is different, the occasion is celebrated by making Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban and Sambousek Lahmeh (meat pies).

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Mrazzaziyeh

March 31st, 2020

Mrazzaziyeh is Syrian rice pudding. It is similar to Aruz Bel-Halib, but is prepared with rice powder instead of rice grain.

Let’s make Mrazzaziyeh:

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Mhallaiyeh

February 28th, 2020

Mhallaiyeh (Mhallaiyeh Shamiyeh) is Syrian milk pudding. It is similar to Mhallabiet Al-Halib but the unique garnish makes it “Mhallaiyeh” which means more beautiful. It is served in celebrations such as weddings.

Let’s make Mhallaiyeh:

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Orange Blossom Water Turns Eleven!

February 28th, 2020

Today my blog celebrates its eleven birthday.

Thanks for all the lovely comments and encouragement these past 11 years. I hope this space is always a place where you feel welcome and inspired. I’m looking forward to the coming years!
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