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Ramadan seems to sneak up every year - duh, it moves backwards on the calendar. Officially, in the U.S. tomorrow is the first day.

As I've mentioned, oh, every year since I've started this blog, Ramadan ("Ramadrama") is the grumpy season for both of us. I suppose technically it's more difficult for MoBob, but, hey, I have to live with Haj Grumpy.

So while MB's at work this evening I'm making harira, the traditional Moroccan Ramadan soup. I'm cheating by using the Peace Corps Morocco cookbook.

Over medium heat for 20-30 minutes, cook:
a pound or so of beef, cut in small chunks (this can easily go veggie too)
1 t pepper
4 - 6 c water
1 t ground ginger
1 - 2 finely chopped onion (I put in 1 chopped onion + 1 tbs minced garlic)
1 t saffron
2 beef boullion cubes
1 c lentils
1 tbs tomato paste
handful of chopped coriander
1 c rice
5 peeled/chopped tomatoes (or you take the lazy way like me and open up 2 cans of diced tomatoes)
2 stalks celery (optional)

Once cooked, garnish with lemon or stir in 1 or 2 beaten eggs.

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On August 21st, 2009 12:45 am (UTC), mortuus commented:
Happy Ramadan!
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On August 21st, 2009 12:51 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! I'll let M know.
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On August 21st, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Ramadan Karim
Ha-ppy Ramadan! I love Ramadan so much but no one here is excited. Your harira looks really good and has me thinking of making some when I get back to the states. Good luck with the drama. ah
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On August 21st, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
Ramadan Karim to MBob and you.
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On August 21st, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! I hope you post about what it's like in Dubai.
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On August 21st, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC), four_alarm commented:
I liked fasting for Ramadan when I used to do it a few years ago. It was always hard at first but got easier as time went on. But it just really made you think about the luxury of having food and water. I remember at my last job the Turks would invite us to their houses to break fasting. Their food was delicious.
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On August 21st, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I noticed that travel books on Morocco and other countries in the region always highlight Ramadan because of all the special foods.
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On August 27th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC), nadyezhda commented:
wait, the eggs cook in the soup, right? Do they thicken it?
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On August 27th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
They're added at the end to make pretty swirls, kind of like Chinese egg drop soup. I didn't do it this time. Some people put in flour as thickener.
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