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Don’t know what it will all be about but stick around and find out..

via Ramadan Food | My thoughts.

Writer’s Block

I’ve always loved writing ever since I realized I was good at it (at least I hope I am). I remember a time when writing essays for school were enjoyable because of the challenge they posed. Somewhere along the line I lost that sense of passion. Writing has become a burden. No matter how hard I tried it only became harder. Writer’s block to me has always been about the lack of inspiration. Perhaps I do have a lack of inspiration? Or is it something more? Whatever it may be, I intend to bring back my love of writing. And this is the purpose of this blog.

Boston and Boats by night – Photography of the day

I’m fascinated with night photography. Ever since I learned about long exposure my fingers have been twitchy to capture landscape shots by night. There is something memorizing about about seeing a beautiful city during the dark hours. All those glittering lights and all those towers. It was one of the reasons I was sad to leave Paris so soon as I never got the chance to see Paris by night.

Last night I asked my father to take me out to get a shot of the Boston skyline view. He took me to memorial drive and I hurriedly captured some photos. Here are my results.

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Ramadan Food

My sister told me her and a friend were talking about the food they ate during Iftar (iftar is breakfast in Arabic and refers to breaking fast during ramadan). A friend of theirs over heard them talking about Iftar and gushed about how much he loves Ramadan food. He relates how his Algerian friends would often share their “ramadan food” with him. The statement “Ramadan food” made us giggle because there is really no such thing as Ramadan Food. The food we eat during Ramadan is simply just food we happen to have during that time.  Its food that can be eaten any time of the year but for some the holy month festivities is made special by these certain delicacies.

Also its hard to pinpoint certain items as being particular to Ramadan since every culture and every family and every individual does things differently.

My family chooses to have a huge feast when it is time to eat and that will be the only meal of the day. We wake up before the sun comes up and just hurridly eat anything we find. Cookies, bread, fruits.. and plenty of water. My family in Morocco? They prefer a lighter iftar. Before the sun comes up they have a huge dish (tajine of fish or chicken are often the choices). I honestly don’t know how they do it. I hate eating right when I wake up!

Here are a few photos of my “ramadan food”. I haven’t been able to do much photography but Ramadan has provided me some food photography practice.

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Boiled eggs with cumen and salt – a must have in Iftar tables for Moroccans

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Dates are a great way to break fast because of their nutritional value

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Shabakiya – a favorite Moroccan sweet

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Bourak – kind of like spring rolls with goodies inside – the ones pictures had shrimp, noodles, cheese ground beef and olives – YUM

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Harira – a favorite Moroccan soup popular during Ramadan

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chicken with olives and preserved lemons. Add a few baked potatoes (or french fries) and it becomes one of my favorite meals

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Sardines!

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sfouf – a sweet made from roasted almonds, flour, honey and sugar (dont know what else)IMG_4847

My mom has had a thing this month for making little breads.
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