Category Archive: Food

My Ideal Ramadan

“Two minutes left,” we hear, and right hands fly in the air, lifting the last of the day’s liquid to the lips. The gulping of water down throats becomes a familiar sound. Time.… Continue reading

10 Ways to Love Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter* is one of those foods, like chocolate, dates, and honey, that while I am eating it, I am salivating in subhanAllah–praise be to God for such a creation. I love peanut… Continue reading

Public Health: Individual vs. Community

In “No Fries with That,” Desmond Flagg, a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tells his story about his journey “From fatty and fried to lean and green: How… Continue reading

Natural Food Forecast for 2014

In September 2013 I attended Natural Products Expo East, showcasing the latest “natural, organic, and healthy” foods as a reporter for The Muslim Link.  Since then, I’ve noticed many new and coming products… Continue reading

Date Bread from 1,001 Recipes of Arabia

It’s snowing right now in Baltimore. Once it settles, I want to go outside and play (i.e. run). Right now it’s coming down too hard, so I’ve been doing the next best thing:… Continue reading

Mujadara

Most kids get mac ‘n cheese when they cry for a quick fix; instead my mom would make me mujadara. To this day, rice and lentils together as mujadara remains my favorite comfort… Continue reading

Balah: The Prequel to Dates

In Jordanian tradition, weddings are announced with a zaffa, a procession of drums, horns, dancers, poems, and friends leading the bride and groom to the wedding hall. I attended my first ever zaffa… Continue reading

A Case for Homemade Yogurt

A quart of yogurt at Safeway costs $4.00. A gallon of milk costs $4.00. Every other week, I ferment a gallon of milk into yogurt, yielding four quarts for the price of one.… Continue reading

How to Run in Ramadan

Today on my run, a father pointed at me and shouted “She’s jogging and fasting! Look!” His whole family stared as I struggled up the hill and smiled. I prefer the term running,… Continue reading

Fasting Promotes Brain Health

Confession: I skipped breakfast and lunch the day of my 8-hour comprehensive exams. In fact, I always fast or run before a big test, presentation, interview, or other monumental occasion.  I perform better… Continue reading