Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi
Ramadan is one the most prosperous months in the Islamic calender, it is a month of sharing, inviting, feasting and praying. For this reason and many others, I enjoy hosting Iftar dinners. I sometimes wish I had more time in my day and week and that I am able to prepare and host just fun filled evenings. Growing up my moms Iftar dinners were always filled with friends, families and whom ever walked through our front door. Our door and our hearts were always open and welcoming.
What I remember of my childhood days of Ramadan in Turkey are a bit blurry, but their several things I will never forget. One in specific, is at the time for sahurs. In Turkey, the call to sahur (the meal before sunrise) is specified with a drummer walking up and down our streets and banging away at his bass drum. He was the villages alarm clock, he walked the dark street to awake the villages people. I believe this tradition still continues in certain villages in Turkey.
Well my brother Aydin was very afraid of the drummer, I precisely remember this because every night during the month of Ramadan; as soon as he heard the drummers beat he would crawl out of his bed and crawl right next to me. He was so afraid of the drummer!! We still laugh every time we talk about what he used to do and what he used to say about the drummer.
This past weekend I invited my aunts Melek, Havva with there families as well as and my parents. In the coming week, I hope to host a few more Iftar dinners.
Wishing you all a wonderful Ramadan.
Vermicelli & Minced Meat Soup
Mixed Green Salad
Sauteed Artichoke Hearts with Peas & Carrots
From my aunt Havva
Stuffed Kale Leaves & Fresh Green beans in EVOO
2 loafs and both were gone!
Kale w/ red kidney beans & corn
~ Karalahan ~
From my aunt Melek
Special pan Borek (Cheese Pie)
last but not least
Home Made Rice Pudding