Today’s Iftar

is the one place that I could never get tired of I mean we eat there all the
time and I love it. I especially love going there during Ramadan. They have
this massive buffet filled with every one of their appetizers, soups, salads
and desserts. And that is only what they offer you while you wait on your main
course which is an entrée of your choice. They have dates and water waiting for
you on the table and bring Vimto and Saudi Coffee too.

was the worst day of fasting that I ever remember in all my Ramadan’s. I have
no idea what the problem was nothing new was happening and honestly I never
really eat until late anyway. My stomach was cramping so bad that I could not
even concentrate on anything significant. When we were able to eat I felt like
a ravished dog. I was just thanking Allah over and over for the blessings we
have of being able to have the things we do and be able to live the lives that
we do. We truly are blessed compared to so many people in the world and hey
this is what Ramadan is about you know getting that you’re blessed

Ramadan Mubarak

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I went ahead and made a five day meal plan for my family and went to Carrefour tonight to get what else we needed. Riyadh during Ramadan nights is always packed, even
more than usual but my husband and I both procrastinate when it comes to things
like grocery shopping. I love this time of year in Saudi, it’s kind of special
getting to celebrate with fellow Muslims something I missed when we did not
live here. I now see all the hardships Muslims in non-Muslim countries face
this time of year. Work here is released after dhur during Ramadan and the
schools do not open until after the month is completely over. As soon as the
magrhib athan calls through the streets you will see people all over handing
out cold water and dates to the passerby’s to break their fast. Small things like
that are surly a blessing.

I will keep
this spot updated about Ramadan in Saudi and much more this month so I hope you
all enjoy all that I have planned for you this year. It’s kind of weird to have
Ramadan in the middle of this blazing hot summer. We do not have daylight
savings time here so the days do not run as late for us. I know some countries
fast all day it seems, I feel for them. Again Ramadan Mubarak friends and thank
you for taking the time to read Ya Salam Cooking and making me feel like all
the work I do is worthwhile.

By the way do not forget to join Braun Arabia on Facebook here. We are having tons of Ramadan stories, tips and recipes during the month. If your a Muslimah join us over at Cafe Muslimah and if you want to look at several Arabic recipes check out this Pinterest folder here I have been working on for awhile. 

Braun Arabia

For the past few months I have been working
with Braun Middle East as part of their Connoisseurs, the foodie of course.
Working with me is two other ladies who specialize in nutrition, travel and Chef
Osama is also part of our team. Braun has been working hard to set up a
Facebook page for you the public. Through time you will grow to love it all as
much as we do. We have so much in store for you all like recipes and tips. And
just in time for Ramadan if I may add. You surely do not want to see what were
up to then. You can catch us over at Braun so please like the page. I really hope to hear some feedback on
what you all think about everything.You can check everything out here.

Eid Mubarak

{chicken quacker soup}
{macarona with chicken}

Today Muslims worldwide were fasting due to it being the day of Arafa. The Day of Arafa (Arabic: يوم عرفة) is an Islamic Holy Day, in which it is said that the religion had been perfected. It is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day after it is the major Islamic Holiday of Eid ul-Adha. At dawn of this day, Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafa and the Plain of Arafa. It was from this site that Muhammad (Salla llahu Alayhi Wasalam) gave his famous Farewell Sermon in his final year of life. It is said that a believer who fasts on this day expiates for the past year’s sins and the sins for the year coming.

My family and I went to my in-laws house to break our fast and my mother in law made an amazing spread. This is a typical meal that we would break our fast with during Ramadan. I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday, Eid Mubarak.