Ramadan Kareem – 2017

May 27th, 2017

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.

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To Aleppo With Love – Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban

May 11th, 2017

In Aleppo, Nisf Sha’aban is celebrated by making Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban (it is also called “Bariosh Nisf Sha’aban”) and Sambousek Lahmeh (meat pies). The recipe of Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban is the same to Ma’arouk Ramadan, but what makes it special is that it has to be formed into the shape shown in the photo above.

Let’s make Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban:

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Nisf Sha’aban – 2017

May 11th, 2017

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 (recipe next post) and Sambousek Lahmeh (meat pies).

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To Aleppo With Love – Kibbeh Eswaret As-Set

April 30th, 2017

Aleppo is known as “the home of stuffed vegetables and kibab (plural of kibbeh) حلب أم المحاشي و الكبب. According to “The Encyclopedia of Aleppo” there are more than 60 kinds of Kibbeh in Aleppo.

Kibbeh Eswaret As-Set (Lady Bracelet), an authentic Aleppine dish. It is kibbeh dough stuffed with a mixture of ground meat and nuts, then shaped into balls and baked in the oven.

Let’s make Kibbeh Eswaret As-Set:

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Meghli Hamwi

April 23rd, 2017

Meghli is a traditional dessert made to celebrate the birth of a baby. It is good for the baby’s mother and is served to guests when they come to offer their congratulations. In Damascus, Meghli is called Carawya (the word carawya is the Arabic for caraway), it is rice flour pudding spiced with caraway. But in Hama, Meghli is different, Meghli Hamwi is boiled water spiced with anise and fennel.

Let’s make Meghli Hamwi:

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