A part of my heart is tinged with sadness as we near the time to bid farewell to this year’s Ramadan. Pretty soon the last ten days of Ramadan will become the last five. The last four will become the last three and the last two…And the last. The month of forgiveness, the month of illuminating the hearts, the month to compensate our past sins, the month wherein lies a night which is better than a thousand months, the blessed month of all is fast approaching the end. We don’t know who among us will be fortunate to able to return to this holy month again next year.
Alongside the sadness, a part of my heart is excited for Eid. Eid, the joyous day for Muslims to show gratitude for the health, strength and the opportunities of life to fulfill our obligation of fasting and other good deeds during the blessed month of Ramadan. I am also thrilled to introduce my friend Farrukh Sadab of Cubes N Juliennes. As the Muslims in the US will be celebrating Eid next Monday, and this being the last Tuesday this Ramadan, Farrukh is my grand finale guest of the Ramadan series this year.
It’s been raining a lot lately. When it pours on the outside with dark cloud surrounding the environment, Bengalis crave for kichuri. A piping hot plate of khichuri is just what the heart desires when a Bengali come home soaked from the rains. Some Tagore songs on the background, and a quick nap if someone can squeeze it in is the definition of a classic rainy day for Bengalis.
Is the heart only a throbbing mass of muscle or does the state of your heart decide what the brain is going to decide – to believe or to disbelieve, to understand and to comprehend, to have tranquility or to feel confused? The brain works its wonder with the millions of millions of nerve cells and the heart is pumping blood to all the body parts. It is in our heart where the center of mind, our soul lies. Without the soul, there is no life.
If you have been following me for a while you know deep-frying is my least favorite method of cooking. I try to bake everything, from samosas to falafel to fried chicken and everything in between. Then, there’s this fried lasagna fritters in my head that I have been meaning to try out for a while now.
Let’s give Hasna of Kachuss Delights a very welcome today as she gracefully blogs here at With a Spin. Would you believe looking at her photos that she only has been an owner of DSLR only for a month?
I am so excited to introduce Hasna to all of you. She brings us a healthy recipe that can double duty as a drink or a dessert. I am so glad that she decided to bring over something that the fasting children will absolutely love. We often prepare our Ramadan menu to please the adult taste buds but it is absolutely important to select our Ramadan menu that pleases the kids who are fasting as well. Let’s turn to Hasna to learn a little about her and her exceptionally delicious summer recipe.
A rose is a rose…is a rose. Right? Nope. A rose is a rose, yes…but it is definitely not just a rose. It is a gardeners delight, a respite to our sights and the quintessential flower of romances. Hence, I welcome each of you to this virtual iftar potluck with a refreshing rose beverage.
I am sure you have you noticed while traveling that a certain cuisine gets localized to satisfy the local palate. Like McDonald’s McArabia in Egypt, shrimp burger in Japan, shaka Shaka Chicken in Singapore. Due to cultural differences and palate preferences a cuisine is often prepared with local flavor. This is totally true for Chinese food in Bangladesh.
From my last post, a natural question may arise in our mind. If the devils are chained during the month of Ramadan, why Muslims are still doing sinful acts during this month? What is the explanation to this?
Time again to introduce another guest blogger. Rafeeda of The Big Sweet Tooth is a beautiful friend accompanying me today as a guest. She is beautiful inside out, with her words as well as in her presence. She is as sweet as the sweet dishes she presents her readers. Even though my acquaintance with her is only through the virtual world, her warm and welcoming words draws me to her blog over and over. Despite being a working mom, she is a very regular blogger. I am always at awe at how she manages the time and energy to post her delicious creations multiple times a week. Her posts will make you laugh, think and make you fall in love with food all over again. Here’s to wishing her all the best and turning over to her for her post today.
Ramadan is a special time for Millions of Muslims around the world. Muslims around the globe often get asked about the significance of Ramadan. Why is this month so important? Why is Ramadan considered the holiest month? Why is there an increased worship during the month? Continue reading →