Posts Tagged ‘Food’

When Eating Halal Makes You A Terrorist

October 30, 2010

Campbell Soup’s Canadian Halal Certification Stirs Protest – AOL News

Although the protest is against the certifying committee, the subsequent protests and discussions will, with no doubt, take a turn for the worse. Muslims will be hated, again, because they eat Halal food.

Food Wars in Ramadan

August 18, 2010

If you go to the hypermarket in any Arab country, especially in the Gulf, during Ramadan, even before, you will see long queues of shoppers pushing trolleys filled to form a mountain. This can be seen all Ramadan long, and I always think there is going to be a war that I have not heard of, yet!

Why this waste of food in Ramadan? Maybe some of the shoppers buy this much of food to distribute it in Masjids or Iftar tents, but why only in Ramadan people go crazy about food and cook so much dishes and eventually throw most of it in the garbage?

You know what? Ramadan is Eid for stray cats.

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

O Children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not prodigal. Lo! He loveth not the prodigals. (31)

Quran 7:31

Who can eat that much in Ramadan?

Ramadan Questions & Answers

August 16, 2010

I would like to share some questions and answers regarding the holy month of Ramadan from Islam Question and Answer Website:

And here is a link to a book about “70 Matters Related to Fasting” from Islam Question and Answer.

Flooded Pakistan

August 15, 2010

The recent floods in Pakistan have come in a difficult time for its people. They have to struggle against the evildoers of Al-Qaeda, and Ramadan this time is different for most of them:

Let us pray for them and support them in every possible way.

Perfecting Your Character

August 10, 2010

I like the following Hadith about fasting quoted by ummsqueakster:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”

And I like what she said:

Remember, dear sisters and brothers, that fasting is more than just abstaining food, drink and sexual relations. It is about perfection of good character. Why should we leave what is lawful for us, and then indulge in the haram? Watch your character and your tongue, lest you get nothing from your fast but hunger and thirst.

So, let us, Muslims and non-Muslims, take this opportunity and try to be good people in Ramadan. Let us purify our souls and taste being a good person in the inside and the outside!

Ramadan Mubarak!

Somehow, It Smelled Like Mango

July 28, 2010

I was preparing my favorite easy lentil soup, and while I was frying chopped parsley and garlic in olive oil and after I added a pinch of salt (not in the recipe), I noticed the familiar smell of mango coming from the pan. Not sure if I smelled it before when I did not add the salt.

Very strange.

An Easy Lentil Soup Recipe

July 24, 2010

Try this lentil soup recipe. It is easy and can be ready in less than an hour.


250 grams of red lentils

1 medium-size potato, peeled and chopped into bite-size cubes

6 cloves of garlic, minced

A handful of fresh coriander, chopped

2 tablespoons of wheat mixed with water

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Fresh lemon juice

1 liter of vegetable stock


1. In a pot, bring the vegetable stock to boil.

2. Add the red lentils into the boiling vegetable stock. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, fry the minced garlic and chopped coriander with extra virgin olive oil in a pan.

4. Add the potato cubes into the red lentils.

5. When the red lentils become al dente, add both the fried garlic and coriander as well as the wheat mixed with water, and mix together.

6. The soup is ready for serving when the potato cubes are cooked thoroughly.

7. When serving, mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with the soup in each serving.

And that is it. Bon appetite!

Reading My Food

July 23, 2010

I had a sudden craving for noodles. I just finished preparing a bowl. It is delicious.

While I was waiting for my noodles to get ready, I was reading the instructions and the ingredients written on the packet. While I am writing this post, I am eating the noodles and looking at some instant noodles images on Google.

Weird behavior, I think.

I have this habit of reading the packets of the foods while I am eating. It adds some taste to it, I believe. I read Mars, Snickers, Pepsi, Coca Cola, and other local snack foods.

What food do you read?