Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, is here again! This means that for the next month, my hubby and I will be fasting food and drink from dawn to sunset. Ramadan teaches patience and discipline, and is also a time for prayer, reflection, and empathy. Thinking of those less fortunate and doing what you can to help them is a huge part of Ramadan.
A little bit about the fast; where we live, at the beginning of Ramadan we’ll be fasting from around 4AM to around 9PM. Then as the month goes by, days get a little shorter as sunrise comes later and sunset comes earlier. Each day the fast ends with a prayer and traditionally a sip of water and a couple dates; then comes the feast (called iftar), which usually starts with some kind of soup, frequently Red Lentil Soup in my house.
A couple weeks ago, I made a special weekend brunch for company: Yotam Ottolenghi’s Braised Eggs with Lamb, Tahini, & Sumac from his beautiful cookbook Jerusalem. It was one of our last brunches before Ramadan and it was perfect because of how special the dish was. Head over to my post on Culinary Covers for the full recipe!
Ramadan Kareem (Generous Ramadan) to all who celebrate!