Category Archive: Dates

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

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

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

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

My First Trail Race: Seneca Creek 50K

I don’t usually write long posts; but 50 kilometers (actually 35 miles) is a long time, so here we go! The day began just like any other, with wudhu (ablution), prayer, and a… Continue reading

Ginger Date Chews

For a long time, I’ve been working to develop a ginger chew recipe, and I’m thrilled with this latest concoction, inspired by Iraqi date-based desserts. Pit and smash dates Crush fresh ginger root… Continue reading

Trail Run Pack List*

*adopted from Amy with some modifications Honey (tiny jar to carry on run, and large jar for after) Coconut water Vaseline Watch Tissue in zip lock Extra zip locks Towel Change of clothes,… Continue reading

What I Eat Before a Run

Today I ate two pieces of cake.  Tomorrow, I will revert to routine: Usually I eat 1, 3, or 5 dates before a run.  The exact number depends on the distance I plan… Continue reading