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Tonight’s Iftar!
Banana Flaxseed Smoothie,
Lavender and Rose Water Infused Lemonade,
Fruit and Cheese Plate
And a mixture of leftovers that are not shown in the pictures.
I am finished fasting for the month of Ramadan. My friend Dexter is still fasting so I will continue to post pictures of those meals.

May everyone have a continued blessed Ramadan.

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foodnetwork:

Recipe of the Day: Grilled Lasagna from #FNMag Yes, it’s possible! Since this quick-fix dinner is prepared and cooked completely in throwaway foil packets, the meal is a cinch to clean up. Be sure to wrap the foil tightly, as the steam trapped inside is what’s going to cook the noodles and melt the cheese. 

Brilliant!  I am going to try  this! No need to turn on the oven!

foodnetwork:

Recipe of the Day: Grilled Lasagna from #FNMag

Yes, it’s possible! Since this quick-fix dinner is prepared and cooked completely in throwaway foil packets, the meal is a cinch to clean up. Be sure to wrap the foil tightly, as the steam trapped inside is what’s going to cook the noodles and melt the cheese.

Brilliant! I am going to try this! No need to turn on the oven!

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Last night’s iftar! 
Israeli Cous Cous 
Grilled Squash and onions
and grilled salmon. 

Last night’s iftar was at a friend’s house in Harlem.  The last time I saw this couple was four years ago when they got married.  They have since been blessed with two gorgeous babies!  It was a beautiful night. 
Our hearts were full. Alhumdulillah.

Last night’s iftar!
Israeli Cous Cous
Grilled Squash and onions
and grilled salmon.

Last night’s iftar was at a friend’s house in Harlem. The last time I saw this couple was four years ago when they got married. They have since been blessed with two gorgeous babies! It was a beautiful night.
Our hearts were full. Alhumdulillah.

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Ramadan Reflections

At the onset of Ramadan, I shifted from Queens to Westchester to spend the fasting month with my friends, The Douglass Family. I thought that I might stay here for two weeks or the entire month and then move back to Queens, but it turns out that I am here to stay for the long haul! Until I can stand on my own two feet again! Alhumdulillah for great friends! I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends in my life. My heart thanks each of you!

This Ramadan had been a time of inner and outer quiet for me. I have found myself unable to engage much socially. Actually, during the fasting hours I am almost completely quiet and even speaking seems unnecessary. I have unplugged and distanced myself from the internet and have been working on being content in the present moments. 

What have I been doing with my time? I have been cooking and baking up a storm! I have been experimenting with new recipes and venturing into the world of Gluten Free cooking and baking. My friend`s father can`t eat gluten, so I have been working with rice in its many capacities! I must say that gluten free pasta is a big disappointment, as the rice pasta seems to suck up all of the flavor of the sauce. That is a damn shame, because the sauces that I have been making are full of fresh flavors, herbs and spices! Anyone out there have any tips for a better gluten free pasta?

I have also been spending time listening to Qur`an, and Bapak Talks. Today I feel the latihan kejiwaan stronger within myself. There is a wide feeling of coolness spreading across my chest. It has been there since I woke up today. Perhaps it is there to stay.

What a beautiful feeling.

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Today’s Suhoor!
Gluten Free Berry Scones with Jam, Butter and Cream.

I am not used to gluten free baking, so these came out a bit flat. Next time I will have to experiment with ways of making the dough rise higher. The texture was light and slightly crispy, buttery and subtly gritty because of the rice flour. (think corn meal texture)

Overall, I would say that the scones were a success.
Alhumdulillah!

here is the recipe

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/BEST-EVER-GLUTEN-FREE-SCONES-50121233

I used 1 c all purpose gf flour and 3/4 c rice flour

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