a selection of homemade cakes including: neapolitan and devils food cake cupcakes.
Ramadan has kept myself and my family busy these last few weeks as it does every year. You’d think not eating all day would clear up plenty of time in your schedule- but you’d be sorely wrong. Ramadan so far has consisted of: sleeping- a lot, It makes the not allowed to eat section of the day go much faster, Criminal minds, cooking to feed an army, eating a scarce amount, bloating, dry breath, sugar comas, day dreaming about food, gorging on Krispy Kremes, feeling sick, and honing our baking skills.
apple and honey cake slices
The British summer means that eating hours are from 9pm at night till 4 o clock in the morning; less than 12 hours of stuffing your face time. They are unusual hours for eating you dinner though and somehow trying to eat Weetabix at four in the morning and drinking a gallon of water always oddly makes me feel sick. It’s also exceedingly hard to make it in time for all the early bird specials at restaurants (ever the student mentality!)
Cooking, ironically, has been a big part of this Ramadan as my mum volunteered to prepare the main meal for a local Islamic centre for iftar ( the meal that breaks a person’s fast). This meant cooking for about 100 people every weekend which is a lot harder than it sounds when it’s all done on an empty stomach. It means no tasting, no testing and no nicking the best cakes before it all goes to the centre too. Absolutely torturous
Over the past month, we’ve made Mauritian biriyani, Moroccan lamb tagine, chickpea and chicken curry, Chinese fried rice, a vat of home-made rice pudding, 6 batches of Neapolitan (Mauritian iced shortbreads), a tray of apple and honey cake slices, brownies, 160 mini, homemade, chocolate cheesecakes, gateaux piment (mauritian falafels made with split peas) countless salads, lentil soup etc etc.
mini chocoalate cheesecakes
One night, myself and my sister was up till half five in the morning baking batch after batch of shortbread for the centre till I felt like I’d be sick if I saw another.
jamming together the neapolitans
It was all worth it though as come the weekend, after we’d problematically managed to transport all the food down to the centre which is about twenty minutes away, as everyone would sit together- ravenously- and wait to break fast.
fried potatoes for the Mauritian biriyani
Devils food-cake cupcakes
It’sa nice atmosphere and is comforting to think you’re not the only one that could eat a horse right then. You see everyone’s moody and starved faces transformed by the wonder of good food. Almost makes starving yourself for the best part of the day worth it!
Although it’s been fun, it’s been a tiring experience. I can honestly say come Eid this Sunday/Monday depending on the sighting of the moon, it’ll be a nice experience to eat breakfast at a more normal time.
if you don’t know anything about Ramadan and would like to find ten simple facts about it out then why not read : ten simple facts about Ramadan
If, like me you have a sweet tooth and would like to try making Mauritan shortbread, which are delish but so sinfully full of butter then here’s a great and easy recipe http://nashbakery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/mauritian-napolitaines.html
lamb tagine, Mauritian biriyani, honeyed almonds and salad