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It’s (already!) Monday again and I hope you had a great weekend, or long weekend for my friends back home in the States celebrating Labor Day!

Here’s what’s on my mind this week…

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Ramadan, Recipe for Pilaf-Style Biryani, & Giveaway Winner!

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The Islamic fasting month of Ramadan is upon us again!  This is a time for prayer, reflection, giving charity, and fasting.  During Ramadan, fasting includes not only abstaining from food and water, but it also includes abstaining from swearing, gossiping, arguing, etc.  During Ramadan fasting is done from sunrise to sunset to teach you patience, discipline, and empathy for others who aren’t as fortunate. Each day at sunset the fast ends with prayer and then the fast is broken with dates and water.  This is followed by a meal called iftar, which usually starts with a first course of soup (traditionally Red Lentil Soup) and […]...

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Beef Biryani Stuffed Inside Basmati Rice

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Not long after we married, my husband introduced me to pilaf-style biryani, one of his favorite rice dishes that has meat and veggies cooked together with the rice; topped with toasted almonds or other nuts, it is really delicious. For the longest time that’s the only form of biryani we ever made. Then one evening at a Pakistani restaurant we ordered biryani and the rice came out in a dome-like shape, with the actual biryani nowhere to be found. Once we dug into the rice we saw that it was stuffed with the biryani. This dish was so beautiful and impressive, I immediately knew I wanted to recreate it […]...

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