The Farmer Market

The Farmer Market, by Karimah bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain& well being writer.

I am a country girl at heart that has been urbanized, but praise God, not to the point of no return. I have foodie friends and one such honey, who regularly, come rain or shine, goes to our local farmers market. She has invited me many times and today I decided to tag along. The brilliant sunshine belaying the icy crispness of the air and the brave people who weather this, week in and week out to do the stalls.

English Honey

It  was great, I loved  it, with my trolley and my camera in familiar surroundings, I bought organic leaves that I was allowed to eat first and  met a wonderful man called Nathan, the sales manager for WildCo. My leaves have already formed my lunch, I bought veggies like organic seasonal artichoke and carrots that have formed my seasonal soup dish.Recipes coming soon inshallah.

Every thing is fresh from the fields, mashallah and British. I went out with £20 that I had be keeping all week, resisting the urge to buy in trendy Portobello from that market, as I had bought raspberries from there before only to find out when I got home they were from America …all that travelling ,yuk!

So  trolley full of leaves , carrots and artichokes, I was presented with a vision of English honey…as you know I love honey and as  I currently reside in the UK, it’s honey is the best.   It is a theory that where ever you are, the surrounding environment and plants contain the sures for any illnesses you get while in that area, its a theory I believe in. Bees are held in high regards in Islam, there is even a chapter in the Quran called The Bees.It is known that bees only and naturally gravitate to what is good.

Farmer Food

It was a really nice vibe and some of the stall holders knew each other, nudging me along to meet new producers.There were organic free range eggs for £1.50 and all the cheese was vegetarian. The producer kindly told me that on a business level its works out more expensive to buy animal rennet, which is an enzyme for the stomach of baby cows that makes cheese non vegetarian.

The Glastonbury Cheese Man

There was a Muslim sister selling Somali samosas and I have to say Somali samosas because the pastry is handmade.It’s not filo from a packet, it’s actually time takingly made by hand. I bought some love falafels from her, the Spice Caravan.

I managed to spend all of my £20 and came home like a little rabbit with a trolley full of carrots, leaves, honey and cheese, something out of Beatrix Potter tale…no just another day at the farmer market

An Apron – Do you know what it is?

THE  APRON  

by Karimah Bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain & well being writer.

I was sent this delightful post my by Auntie, Mum number 2. I remember my grandma’s, both wearing aprons and hanging cups from hooks in the kitchen and cotton hankies tied around steam puddings.As  I keep telling you, I am old school and have had for years a selection of aprons before I even became grandma. I have fotos of me in aprons and high heels  that would make my mum blush when I was married and I have aprons with holes in them but they are still clean.I have polka dots and I have plastic ones from Harrods. Aprons let’s bring them back, to protect our clothes and wash them less and save water and save money.

Apron - Medium Size


(Notice that a “Medium” is a size 14 – 16)
The History of  ‘APRONS’        

I don’t think our kids 
know what an apron is. 
The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material.  But along with that, it served as a potholder for  removing 
hot pans from the oven.  
 
It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.   

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. 

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.. Aprons...one of them

And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms. 

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, 
bent over the hot wood stove.  

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. 

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. 
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. 

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma’s aprons.  

REMEMBER:    

   Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.  Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill 
to thaw.  
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.  
I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron – but love… 

Aprons on the washing line

 

Aprons are also mention in the Islamic sunnah, however it must be noted that there was context in which the women tore their aprons to cover their faces when strange men who were travellers past them.

 

Aishah said: “May Allah bestow His Mercy on the early emigrant women when Allah I revealed, which meaning of is translated as:

 

“and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)’ (24:31)

 

¾ they tore their Muruts ( a woolen dress, or a waist -binding cloth or an apron, etc.) and covered their faces with those torn Muruts.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari). Safiya bint Shaiba narrated that “AishahÇ used to say: “When the verse: `They should cover (draw their veils over) their bodies, faces, necks, and bosoms (24:31)’ was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their heads and faces with those cut pieces of cloth.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Abu Dawud). 

 

Salmon With Spicy Sauce – Finished Fish

Good for your Heart,Salmon With Spicy Sauce, Beetroot And Avocado Salad , Also Good For Your Heart.

Salmon With Ginger, Garlic, Basil Sauce.

Salmon Heart

 

Salmon

Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that protect your heart by reducing both inflammation and the risk of blood clots. These fats also work to keep your cholesterol levels healthy. Eat salmon or other oily ocean fish like tuna, sardines or herring at least two times per week. For a heart-healthy meal, try grilled salmon steaks with a green vegetable and a side salad with a sprinkling of lemon juice instead of high-calorie salad dressing

 

You can prepare this now for later

 

Serves 2 Persons

This garlic ginger salmon recipe is a great example of how Asian flavors really enhance this fish. this is a quick healthy recipe that’s good for your heart
Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

 

  • salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger (I’m cheating using paste from jar)
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic ( I’m cheating using paste from jar)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 green chilli chopped  or 1 /2 tsp hot chili sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil or 1 tea spoon of dry(optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tea spoon  vegetable oil

Preparation:

  • Add all the ingredients, except the salmon and oil, into a small bowl, and mix to combine.
  •  Season both sides of the salmon with salt. 
  • put salmon in plastic box that has lid
  • pour all marinade mixture(the herbs, soya sauce, rice vinegar etc over it)
  • turn the salmon pieces over and leave in fridge over night or do it before you go to work or at least 30 minutes before you are ready to grill or fry on griddle pan.
  • any leftover sauce in the box can be heated in a small pan , keep stirring till it thicken like runny honey and serve with meal,
  • when you are ready to cook, heat the griddle after brushing it with sunflower oil ,
  •  when the oil starts smoking turn the griddle down and place the fish on it and leave on a low heat for about 10 minutes. Do not turn before hand or it will stick,
  •  turn over and repeat, if you ahad thick filets you may need 5 minutes on each side with skin.
  • ideally I would eat this with cooked spinach or beetroot salad  and avocado
  •  

 

 

 

Good For The Heart – Egyptian Falafel

EGYPTIAN FALAFEL TWIST

by Karimah Bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain& Well Being Writer

Falafel are  small crunchy fried chickpeas patties usually sold in Middle Eastern fast food shops, wrapped in pitta bread with salad. They are usually made of chickpeas but in the Arab World other pulses are  used including black eyes peas and fava beans. are widely eaten in the Middle East. Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans.

 They are great for helping you lose weight as a study shows you will grace less processed food snack , when chick peas are in your diet.

 They regulate blood sugar and insulin

They contain fibre and are good for digestion.

They contain anti-oxidants

Good for the heart, 3/4 cup a day over a month will lower cholesterol

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry chickpeas
  • bunch fresh coriander
  • bunch fresh parsley
  • 2 medium onion
  • 3-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2-3 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp whole meal flour

 

Method

  • soak chickpeas overnight or over a few days changing water , enough to cover them and 2cm more
  • then rinse and drain
  • place in food processor and chop
  • place in separate bowl
  • in processor finely chop coriander and parsley
  • place in separate bowl
  • chop 2 onions  in processor place in separate bowl
  •  crush garlic
  • in a central bowl place chickpeas , herbs and onion and garlic,
  • add spices, baking powder, salt and pepper and stir
  • gradually add in whole meal flour to bind it all together
  • using spoons ,hands or special falafel  shaper mould gold ball size shapes flatten and drop one by one into a wok, kerachi of sunflower oil than is medium hot
  • using a slotted metal spoon flip them over after 5 minutes to they cook on both sides
  • drain on kitchen paper

 

traditionally falafel are eaten on the move , wrapped in pitta bread with tahini sauce and salad , however if you are at home and don’t have that much of an active lifestyle you can just as easily eat these with salad

More recipes in my book

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heavenly-Bites-Best-Muslim-Cooking/dp/1847740316

A Wonderful site

http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?dbid=58&tname=foodspice 

Good for the Heart-Spicy Salmon Marinade

Salmon With Spicy Sauce

Salmon - Good for your Heart

 

You can prepare this now for later

Serves 2 Persons

This garlic ginger salmon recipe is a great example of how Asian flavors really enhance this fish. this is a quick healthy recipe that’s good for your heart
Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients: 

  • salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger (I’m cheating using paste from jar)
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic ( I’m cheating using paste from jar)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 green chilli chopped  or 1 /2 tsp hot chili sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil or 1 tea spoon of dry(optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tea spoon  vegetable oil

  • Preparation:
  • Add all the ingredients, except the salmon and oil, into a small bowl, and mix to combine.
  •  Season both sides of the salmon with salt. 
  • put salmon in plastic box that has lid
  • pour all marinade mixture(the herbs, soya sauce, rice vinegar etc over it)
  • turn the salmon pieces over and leave in fridge over night or do it before you go to work or at least 30 minutes before you are ready to grill or fry on griddle pan.
  • any leftover sauce in the box can be heated in a small pan , keep stirring till it thicken like runny honey and serve with meal,
  • ideally I would eat this with cooked spinach or beetroot salad  and avocado

 

Heart Felt Love Food

Oatmeal & spicy  pancakes,

by Karimah bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain and well being writer

Oat Pancakes...good for your heart and nerves

 

These pancakes get texture and flavor from rolled oats and flavour from spice. Top these delicious pancakes with fruit coulis and honey and know that they are good for your heart.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, beaten

Preparation:

  • Combine oats and milk.
  • whisk or blend in  remaining ingredients.
  •  Heat a small frying pan  and brush a few drops of sunflower oil around it .
  • Cook pancakes in medium hot pan,
  • you will see the pan cake starting to dry around edges and begin to lift with spatula,
  • when you can easily get the spatula underneath-flip or turn over and repeat to lightly  brown both sides.

Tip: To keep pancakes warm, line a plate or platter with a kitchen towel or cloth napkin and cover with the towel. Then cover with an inverted colander or place an inverted bowl over the plate, positioning so steam can easily escape. 

Fruit Coulis

Ingredients

  • 300 g soft summer fruits (such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or stoned cherries)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • icing sugar, to taste 

METHOD

  • wash fruits
  • chop and place in saucepan
  • add 1/4 cup of water and bring to boil
  • turn heat down low and cover
  • cook for 15minutes
  • turn heat off and leave to stand
  • some people sieved at this point o get rid of seeds but we are going to keep them for their vitamins and minerals and roughage
  • add lemon juice and a little honey or sugar to taste
  • you can blend using hand held or jug blender to get it a bit more smooth
  • serve drizzled over oat cakes
Eating ours while drinking sorrel/hibiscus. carcardeh tea, now as far away as Nigeria and Egypt to lower blood pressure honey.

 

 

WUDU WITH A JUG OF WATER


Hadith – Bukhari 1:161, Narrated Humran

MUG

(The slave of ‘Uthman) I saw ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan asking for a tumbler of water (and when it was brought) he poured water over his hands and washed them thrice and then put his right hand in the water container and rinsed his mouth, washed his nose by putting water in it and then blowing it out. Then he washed his face and forearms up to the elbows thrice, passed his wet hands over his head and washed his feet up to the ankles thrice. Then he said, “Allah’s Apostle  said ‘If anyone Performs ablution like that of mine and offers a two-rak’at prayer during which he does not think of anything else (not related to the present prayer) then his past sins will be forgiven.’ ” After performing the ablution ‘Uthman said, “I am going to tell you a Hadith which I would not have told you, had I not been compelled by a certain Holy Verse (the sub narrator ‘Urwa said: This verse is: ‘Verily, those who conceal the clear signs and the guidance which we have sent down…)’ (2:159). I heard the Prophet saying, ‘If a man performs ablution perfectly and then offers the compulsory congregational prayer, Allah will forgive his sins committed between that (prayer) and the (next) prayer till he offers it.’ “

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMtWHcqOrG4&feature=player_embedded