Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi

table 1 03 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.

I’ve never had the opportunity experience Ramadan again in Turkey after we moved to the states.  logo Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi

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. 

The Menu

verci soup Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi

Vermicelli & Minced Meat Soup

mixed salad Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi

Mixed Green Salad

artichoke saute Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi
Sauteed Artichoke Hearts with Peas & Carrots

 Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi

From my aunt Havva 
Stuffed Kale Leaves & Fresh Green beans in EVOO

 Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi

Corn Bread
2 loafs and both were gone!

kale Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi

Kale w/ red kidney beans & corn
 ~ Karalahan ~

melek teyze borek Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi

From my aunt Melek 
Special pan Borek (Cheese Pie)

rice pudding Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi

last but not least
Home Made Rice Pudding



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8 Responses to “Family Iftar Dinner ~ Iftar Yemegi”

  1. Lubna Karim on 19 Sep 2008 at 9:49 AM #

    This post is making me hungry. Awesome rally of alluring and tempting recipes. Happy Fasting! Wow that’s so nice to hear. As a part of the event iam showcasing five recipes from each blog participating in the event. If u r intrested i would like to showcase recipes from u r blog. The recipes which u usually prepared during Ramadan. If u already have those recipes then send me the links to my mail id. My mail id is there in the blog. I want u to write a short note on Ramadan along with the recipes. Thank u. Happy Fasting. Have blessed Ramadan.

  2. yasmeen on 21 Sep 2008 at 9:19 PM #

    Subhanallah the bounty of good food.Eagerly waiting for there recipes..

  3. Nazarina A on 23 Sep 2008 at 10:54 AM #

    I have already eaten with my eyes!!! Beautiful!!!

  4. farida on 23 Sep 2008 at 6:48 PM #

    What a beautiful spread of food on the table! Happy Ramadan to you and your family!

  5. Aysegul on 24 Sep 2008 at 9:06 PM #

    Nazarina – Thank you! Im glad you enjoyed them with your eyes!

    Feride – Thank you

  6. Allen of EOL on 24 Sep 2008 at 9:57 PM #

    Happy Ramadan to you and your family!

    I’m enjoying reading through your site, so many new and interesting recipes. The special pan borek from your aunt looks so delicious as does the vermicelli soup. I hope you share more recipes soon :-)

  7. NYSDelight on 24 Sep 2008 at 10:07 PM #

    Allen – Thank you stopping by! I hope have the recipe up soon. Been busy with work way to much!

  8. fatima on 01 Jul 2010 at 12:34 PM #

    can not find your family iftar recipes

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