Tuscan Bread Soup for Ramadan

On the 4th day of Ramadan, I was the contributing writer on the AltMuslim blog for the series, Ramadan 2017 – 30 Days 30 Writers. Ramadan Prep? What Prep? ‘I Just Wing it.’ I promise I was paying attention. I knew it was coming. The weekly sermons leading up to Ramadan kept reminding us about [Read More…]

This Weekend’s Featured author on AltMuslim

  When I started writing this blog, it was with the hopes that it would be a touchstone for people like me, searching for a source of support in this wonderful, exciting, challenging and often lonely journey of being in an interfaith relationship with a Muslim spouse. A source of comfort and a place for [Read More…]

Comfort Food for Stressful Days

Mom? Can you make Baba’s Red Sauce? The month of December is a stressful time of the year for most people. If you are shopping for Christmas, you are worried about having gifts for all of your loved ones, how much money you are spending and if your packages will arrive on time. If you [Read More…]

From Egypt to the Midwest

If you are a long time reader, you will know that I write sporadically. It just happens when something hits me the right (or wrong) way. Sometimes it happens when my life is particularly Islamically heavy in nature, like during Ramadan. Tuesday was a normal, every other day in my home. Crazy busy, chores, work, [Read More…]

What About Jell-o Salad?

A few weeks ago, we had an abundance of fruit that needed to be used, and I was all smoothie’d out. Kate and I searched through our trusty Blue Book* trying to find out what we could make with the bananas and mangos we had on hand. She came upon a recipe I had printed [Read More…]

Suhoor Today

Today was the first day of fasting. Like many others, I thought that fasting was supposed to begin on Tuesday. I didn’t find out until Sunday and we had plans to be away from home all day. This morning for suhoor, we had bacon waffles, scrambled eggs, strawberries, blueberries, big glasses of milk and water. [Read More…]

Egyptian Style Ful Medames

Last Week, the My Islamic Life Page over on Facebook reached 250 likes. So, as promised – another recipe! Today, I’m thinking of something savoury and simple.  Egyptian Style Beans.  Now, I don’t know how other Egyptian families make their beans, but when my sister-in-law came to visit us, this is how she taught me [Read More…]

Basboussa Recipe – Light and Airy

I feel loved. This is the anti- basboussa recipe.  This is for the people who like their basboussa like a fluffy cake.  For the noobs. Also, for me.  I don’t like my sweets tooo-too sweet, and this version I really like.  With the inclusion of coconut it really gives it a little something extra.  Again, [Read More…]

Basboussa Recipe – More Dense Version

So, over on facebook, I posted this status update on January 27. Kristina ElSayed January 27 Yesterday, MyIslamicLife on FB reached 200 likes. — feeling blessed. Shortly after posting this photo of a bag of Rice Semolina that Khaled brought home. The Post that Sparked the Post Discussions ensued over on FB when it was cross posted, and [Read More…]

Moroccan Harira Soup – The Recipe Revealed

  While we were on vacation, we went to this Amazing Moroccan restaurant.  I’ve never had Moroccan style food before, and didn’t know what to expect.  I thought it was just a little twist on the usual Middle Eastern Fare, what Mr. Fox would describe as comfort food.  I remember that I ordered something with [Read More…]