Monday, August 8, 2011

The Ninth Day

One full week of Ramadan is finished with today being the 9th day of the holy month.

Since fasting is from sunup until sundown, restaurants are closed during the day but reopen at the time of iftar, the breaking of the fast.

The traditional way of breaking the fast is to have a few dates and water or laban, which is a salty yogurt drink.

Afterwards, a meal might consist of soup, sambousa, mujadarra (lentils and rice) topped with yogurt and salad with mint.

Since hubby had the battery changed in my car, I was able to get to the grocery store and picked up some qatayef for dessert.

Qatayef is a special dessert served only during Ramadan. Sticky pancakes are filled with sweet cheese or nuts and then deep fried or filled with cream, topped with crushed pistachios and served with a simple rosewater syrup.

I filled some last night with honey cream and then dipped them in crushed pecans. Good thing I had a few while I was making them because once the kids and hubby got a hold of them, they disappeared quickly.

Today's forecast did call for a high of 124 but now I see that has been lowered to 117. At 11 am it is already 109 degrees.

I am still in production mode over here with crocheting little drawstring bags.

And have decided to work on small cross-stitchings that I will incorporate as embellishments.

Wishing you all a terrific Tuesday wherever you are in the world, whatever you are doing. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

39 comments:

Little Treasures said...

Well I think i put on a pound just by looking at those fab pancakes!!!

Pearlin J said...

I didn't know you had to fill them with cream and nuts. We've often had them with chicken curry :))

Marilyn said...

Wow.... I just gained a few pounds.... They look yummy! No wonder your DH & kids loved them!!
Hot....Hot...Hot... Your are so scorching hot there. We are cooled off nicely to around 70 & having a lot of rain!
Have a Great Day!
Marilyn

Sheila R said...

Those sticky pancakes look delightful! No wonder they were devoured!

Have a great week.

Vicki said...

Hi there! Love your drawstring bags. They are really cute and the embellishments look great. I'm ready to try your dessert too. Yum!I can't believe how warm it is. How on earth do you stay cool?

Phyllis said...

Yummm-O! I would have eaten every one of those little desserts myself!

I love all your little crocheted bags. What are you going to do with all of them? Knowing you, they will be given as gifts.

We're supposed to get down into the 80's in a few days. We'll have to light our fireplaces - ha ha!!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

That all looks sooo yummy!!! I would have eaten quite a few while making them .... I am sure of that ~
Is that heat normal for it there in the summer ? In Texas we haven't been that hot but it has been over 100 for quite awhile now ~ They are talking about droughts, roads buckling and all of the other effects ~ It is crazy and I am longing for the ocean ~

Have a wonderful day!!

Theresa said...

Those pancakes look delish! I hope you get a little break in your heat, but since you have been stuck inside the bags you have made are wonderful! I haven't told you that I love the namaste pic of you! t. xooxoxo

cindy said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your interest in Joshua. I’m getting ready to read all about your journeys and can’t wait. I secretly wish I were like you!

cindy

Linda said...

The pancakes and your crocheted bags look wonderful. :)

We're just plugging along here - tomorrow is our Wedding Anniversary and I'll have a post devoted to that. Sarah and I collaborated on a newspaper article this week - I wrote/she took the photos. Band camp is going onward and school starts a week from tomorrow.
Blessings always,
Linda

Jane said...

Happy Tuesday to you too! You have been busy, as usual. The qatayef look and sound delicious and your crocheted bags are lovely. I can't even begin to imagine that kind of heat! Try and stay cool!
Jane

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I think your crochet bags are so cute...and I love the idea of putting cross stitch on them. :) I love reading your posts, I always learn something new. :)

Your pancakes look and sound so yummy. :) Hope it gets down below 117..Wow, that's hot. Wishing you a cold front to ease up on all that heat. :)

Blessings always

LuLu Kellogg said...

The Qatayef looks delicious! I hope it gets cooler for you. It's 98 here today and I am sweltering already!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Teresa said...

And I thought 98 was a bit too warm... I don't think I'd stick my nose outdoors even in the evening! :) Those pancakes look absolutely fantastic and so does everything else...
Have a wonderful week!
xxx

Jan said...

I have experienced the same heat that you live with daily.....I bow to you, girlfriend! OKC was beastly, to say the least. But I won't complain about it being 'hot' here anymore. Yikes.

Those desserts sure look delish....seems like they are just the right size, too!

You are getting ready to return to school soon, right? And the boys? Didn't that time go fast for you? Although you have been crocheting up a storm!!! Those drawstring bags are soooo cute and I like the yarn you used, too.

Seems that my 5 days of being gone has set me way back on blog comments. I need to get caught up on them!

Hugs
Jan

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I love those crochet bags! I've been teaching myself crochet - such a fun and useful thing to know. Oh my gosh - those pancakes look soooo delish!!

La Tea Dah said...

Such yummy looking food! I can't decide what looks the most delicious as it all looks wonderful! Ramadan blessings to you, Tammy!

Gwendolyn said...

Sometimes I think you guys eat the wierdest foods.. but those pancakes look yummy.
hugs!

Diane said...

Let's just go straight to the pancakes Tammy. Those look and sound wonderful!! Diane

Thanks for commenting on my post about Mr. Jackson, I appreciate it.

pattas said...

The food looks so colourful and tastey :))
I have been reading the other posts, I love the pics of the crochet hats and scarfs..It must have been such joy to be able to see it and mix with pple :))
thanks for stopping by my blog :))

kimmie said...

Your blue sky is so pretty. It has a certain softness to it ... It must be the heat. Happy ninth day to you and your family - some of the best traditions are food related :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Those little pancakes look so yummy. And all of your photos are simply the best!! I've heard of this tradition, but sadly know nothing about it. I would love to add your blog to my sidebar. Hope you won't mind. Sorry I'm so late getting here. I had some computer issues today, which made it difficult to stay logged in.

koralee said...

Wow..what an informative post my friend. I love learning about different cultures

I can not believe your heat! Stay cool...love your little bags. xoxox

Rizzi said...

HELLO MY FRIEND............I'M BACK, MISSED EVERYONE SO MUCH. READ ALL YOUR POSTS, VERY INTERESTING, AND NICE......WOW...WHEN IS THAT HEAT GOING TO LET UP.....WE HAVE VERY HOT AND HUMID WEATHER HERE IN NJ, BUT 110 + WHEW!!!!
YOUR GATAYEF LOOK YUMMY, I LOVE YOUR BAGS, YOU ARE SO CREATIVE. IS THE BAG ONE PIECE AND THEN FOLDED OR TWO PIECES? I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE SOME. I BOUGHT A NEW COMPUTER, NO MORE LAPTOP, BUT....I AM USE TO USING MY FINGER INSTEAD OF THE MOUSE....OH MY!
THE CURSOR IS ALL OVER THE SCREEN, I NEED A MOUSE PAD. HAVE A NICE, MOIST, COOL DAY. :)
RIZZI

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

It amazes me at the differnt foods we all have in different cultures. Was it hard for you to learn to cook these dishes when you moved to where you are now? The little crocheted bags are so adorable! Good work! Here in Texas, the summers are alway triple digit. 110 was yesterday. I know how you feel in the heat! blessings,Kathleen

crochet lady said...

That desert looks good, kind of reminds me of little pancakes.

no spring chicken said...

Fascinating! The food looks and sounds wonderful and I'm still loving your crocheted bags. I really wish I would take the time to learn crochet!!

Blessings, Debbie

A Cottage Muse said...

Goodness Tammy...between the heat in your neck of the woods and the heat the girls are bearing in Texas I shouldn't complain about the humidity here! Do you ever think about opening an etsy shop for your crafts?

Yarni Gras! said...

checking in from Slidell....love those bags! Neat idea about the pancakes...my family would LOVE those!

Faded Plains said...

Those sticky pancakes sure look good...and your crocheted bags are just darling. I hope your staying cool.

MosaicMagpie said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog. You have a beautiful blog and from reading this one post I can tell I will learn a lot from you! The crochet bags are really cute and the cross stitch adds a unique touch. Those pancakes look wonderful!
Deb

BeachVintage.com said...

What a cute little cross stitch.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So interesting to have a peak into another country's culture. I sure hope you have good air-conditioning.

Becky~ said...

Hi Tammy,wow those sweets look so good.I can imagine they would fly once they were done LOL.reminds me a bit, just a bit of Baklava.YUM. Loving those drawstring bags too.


Thanks for the vist to my blog,have a beautiful day.Our weather here got a bit cooler "sigh" Im so glad its in the 80s now LOL.Well it is better than upper 90s to 100s.

LDH said...

The Qatayef look so very good! So good that I think I just might google for a recipe :)

I really like your crochet projects too. Love the dark blue one with the snowman. It must be nice to think snowman on such hot days.

Julies Knit and Sew Corner said...

It all looks very tasty, I love pancakes.
I like your cross stitch to.

p.s Tammy I am afraid i did send your giveaway prize on the Monday and only saw your comment after. Please let me know if it arrives for you.
best wishes Julie.C

Sarah (Nikki) said...

it's so cool to learn about other people...how they live...the foods they eat....etc. And this food looks yummy.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

What a joy to read...it just expands my borders, and it makes our 110 and 108 weather sound cool. Thanks for sharing...I learned a lot.

Yes, what we put our kids through...those outfits, you know all those boys now give me fits for dressing them that way. LOL I am sure they will never dress their kids that way...thanks for stopping by.

Serena said...

I enjoy hearing about the food there...it sounds so tasty. Those pancakes look divine!

You're doing well with your crochet projects. I'm still working on the crochet bed throw but it's coming along nicely.

Have a great day!

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