By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim chaplain & international food writer mashallah!
Alhamdulillah I have been a Muslim and on the deen for nearly 12 years mashallah, Alhamdulillah I have had the opportunity to travel around the world and wherever I go I eat the local food as long as its halal, previous to being a Muslim I was a fashion model based in Zurich Switzerland so I have eaten at some of the finest restaurant in the world, so I know my food Alhamdulillah.
I embraced Islam within a friendly Moroccan community, went to ummrah with Bengali, have done wedding makeup with Somalis, fundraise with Pakistani, well what I am trying to say is , after a while as a revert whose likes to mix band blend you get to know about the different Muslims cultures in the UK.
This year I could take another year of UK Moroccan breakfast, as most of you know I hate white flour, its cheap nasty and something uneducated people eat or middle class comfort eaters or like me when I have diarrhoea………
Overpriced white cucumber sandwiches from Richoux Patisserie is so 1980’s for Arabs too scared to step out of their comfort zone.
So this year I went to Makan Cafe in the famous Portobello Road and had a full English breakfast, not well enough to make my own but today a friend came round , also a multicultural mixed raced revert like me and this is what we made……you won’t find this eclectic mix in any house other than maybe a Trinidadian Muslim or Mauritius Muslim and if you tell me this is normal breakfast for you then I’ll question your relationship with the Truth because I know most English, North Africa and Europeans wouldn’t know how to make curried beans if the ingredients hit them in the face. Sit down, take notes and get with the 21st century programme, the future is eclectic halal, inshallah! Alhamdulillah
This is how we do it, fruit juice home made not from concentrate, fried plantain and spice raisin bakes, curried beans, fried eggs, turkey bacon, and salad; lettuce, avocado, cucumber with cherry tomatoes on top…….hmmmmm delicious decadent and something special for Eid