The many Faces of Gruel

“If you don’t behave, little mister, you’ll only have gruel for a week!” The threat of a menu consisting only of gruel is the classic symbol of cruel, domineering headmasters at cold orphanages and boarding schools. When we think of gruel, we think of punishment and hardship. In truth, this myth about gruel was built

Ramadan Iftaar Muslim Islam Religion Fast Fasting

Ramadan is the month where Muslims fast from sunrise till sunset. Muslims do not consume any food or drink during this period so it is vital that Muslims need to take care of their diet. When people open their fast it is known as Iftaar. Planning your iftaar meals beforehand can help save you a

History of Hummus

A delicious blend of tahini, garlic, lemon juice and chickpeas, hummus is a classic dish of the Middle East and Mediterranean, with a long, if murky, history. Tahini is the oily cream paste that is extracted from sesame seeds. Sesame is an annual herb and the seeds grow inside small pods. In the primitive versions

How to Plan the Iftar Meal to Break the Ramadan Fast

Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar.  It is the ninth month, but it does not correspond to the ninth month in the conventional Gregorian calendar, as it shifts back ten to eleven days per year relative to that calendar. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are enjoined from eating or drinking

Why France is Famous for its Cuisine

Moncontour, Brittany It was a very small French town – little more than a village – and it preserved the traditional hierarchy of importance: first, the Priest, then the Mayor, and, thirdly, the Doctor. This order sometimes varied depending on whether the parishioner needed an urgent political favor, a cure for sickness of his body

Healthy Suhoor for Ramadan

The Arabic word “futoor” means breakfast. Hardly anyone needs an explanation of the word “breakfast”, but for the sake of clarity, let it be said that the word “breakfast” is the resulting one word which means “the breaking of the fast”, the “fast” generally understood as the time throughout the night in which we rested

A Guide to Scottish Cuisines

The Scottish love their food and it is Scottish delights they enjoy the most. There are more restaurants per head in Edinburgh than anywhere else in the UK but when Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Amaryllis failed in Glasgow it was accused of being too snooty for Glasgow’s taste. Whilst Scotland boasts some fine food products including

Ramadan and Futuur or Iftar

The necessity to fast is the fourth of the five Pillars of Islam that Muslims observe. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar is known as Ramadan, the holiest month of the year in which the fasting, known as sawm, takes place. Fasting is observed during the daylight hours of the twenty nine days that

Simple Food Ideas for a Luau

If you are holding a luau but don’t want to go to the trouble of digging an imu oven then you will need some simple but authentic recipes to create the luau experience. Here are a few ideas: Kalua Pork – cooked slowly this delicious roast is rubbed with sea salt and liquid smoke to

How to Make Tofu

Making your own tofu, the cheese of soy milk, is easy but it takes a lot of time. It’s a good idea, therefore, to set aside the better part of a morning or afternoon, at least 2 hours or more, to make it. Here’s what you’ll need: – dry soy beans: at least 2 cups