Ramadan Kareem – 2018

May 17th, 2018

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 – 2018

May 1st, 2018

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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To Aleppo With Love – Hboub Halabi

April 29th, 2018

Hboub is a famous dessert in Syria made of wheat berries. Previously I shared the recipe of Hboub that is prepared in Hama and Damascus, and this recipe is Hboub Halabi which describes the way of preparing hboub in Aleppo.

Let’s make Hboub Halabi:

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Daqqah Hamwiyeh

March 31st, 2018

Daqqah Hamwiyeh is a specialty of Hama. Made of ground Aleppo pepper, ka’ek crumbs, onion, tahini, pomegranate molasses, olive oil and chopped walnuts. It is normally eaten with Arabic flat bread as part of the breakfast or supper, or as a snack.

Let’s make Daqqah Hamwiyeh:

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Syrian Breakfast

February 28th, 2018

Breakfast in Syria is an event itself. Syrian Breakfast usually consists of of an assortment of small plates, served with Arabic flat bread and tea. The whole family sits together, There are no plates. Breakfast is eaten communally – everyone has a piece of bread and dips it into the various items. Thus, each dish must be laid out in a pattern, such that each person can reach each plate with their little chunks of bread. Most of the foods served for breakfast are called “Hawadir” – readies or foods that are ready to eat from the pantry or refrigerator.

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