I was taught this recipe years ago by an Egyptian brother before Allah guided me to Islam, he was a gentle man maashallah like many of the Egyptian men I have the pleasure to meet.The recipe has evolved over the years with my spicy touches and other brothers addition.
3-7 dates depending on their size and your size
3-7 cloves garlic
30ml – ½ cup milk, whatever milk you use
½ – 1 tsp dry cinnamon, turmeric/haldi and pinch of black pepper
10ml- Olive oil for cooking
Place oil in small pan and medium heat
Add washed stoned and chopped dates
Add chopped garlic inspired by my Egyptian brother Castillo
Added spices cinnamon, haldi and pepper, stir
Break eggs into pan or cup
Add milk and stir into eggs
Stir every 3o seconds or so to get scrambled effect
Eat with salad like cucumber to balance out heat of dates , do not eat olives they will make you thirsty.
Karimahs Cusina, feeding the homeless on the streets of Central London.
By the grace of Allah (God) we have been knocking this project out in Central London.
“Quality before quantity “ is our motto, where ever possible.
We strive to practice what we preach and Islam says in the Quran,
Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – سورة البقرة
“you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy”
Basically don’t give what you won’t take.
As a qualified nutritionist and most of Karimahs Cuisina members are foodies of one sort or another, our standards are high.
We cook brown rice , infused with cardamom, cloves, cassia bark and turmeric, we add frozen mixed vegtables and red lentils, a meal in it’s self.
We cook a madras lamb mince curry made with good quality lamb, all fresh ingredient including fresh garlic and ginger in the masala, and topped off with fresh chopped parsley and coriander for additional vitmains and minerals.
Homeless people are needy not starving, they are often malnourished, meaning they are force or choose to eat junk because they are used to it.
However there have been a number of tiems on the street where they have given us feedback that they think what we give them is “quality” and “made with love”.
“we can tell that you think about us when you are making it”
Some of them know what good taste like.
We have very little core funding, perhaps £30 a month regular donations.
In Ramadhan people are more generous, so this is a little reportage to show you what we do when you are more generous, we do more, alhmdulilah, praise God.
20 AND 30 LITRE NEW COOL BAGS WHICH ARE GREAT AT KEEPING FOOD WARM
10 WARM WEATHER SLEEPING BAGS
63 KILOS OF RICE WILL DO US 7 OUTINGS INSHA’ALLAH
6 KILOS OF RED LENTILS WILL ONLY DO US 3 OUTINGS INSHA’ALLAH
SPICES FOR THE RICE WILL LAST 6-7 OUTING INSHA’ALLAH
Now it’s time to peel 15-20 kilos onions and get on with the masala, there’s other ingredients like olive oil, tomato passata,curry powder, sea salt,etc.
Its Ramadhan, I am tired but I think you get the idea by now.
I believe that Allah test people by many means and because we have stuck to this premise of quality for poor and vulnerable people, this is why this small project has been consistent, alhamdulilah.
Our volunteers are street souljahs, day in day out, winter, spring, summer and fall, I all have to do is call and they come running, hungry for good deeds to obey Allah and seek His Face in the next life insha’allah.
BANK DETAILS KARIMAHS CUISINA NAT WEST
REF: FEED , ACCOUNT 61933090 SORT CODE 55-50-28
IBAN GB93 NWBK 5550 2861 9330 90
Feed the Need , feeding the homeless in central London is next week insha’allah, please we need your donations as well as buying ingredients, food containers, drinks etc, we can buy socks and pants,PLEASE REFERENCE YOUR PAYMENTS “FEED” barak allahfeekum
often its good to share the healthy option to get people to taste the difference,
alerted by one Muslim sister, that often, food given to break fasts in the mosk, is normally rice and chicken and fresh salad, so vital, is often missing from what is offered, so we decided to make a big bowl of salad for the sisters to share at iftar time
fresh chopped parsley full of vitamin C
loads of cucumber,cooling and hydrating, aids weight loss, diuretic,good for skin, de-toxing
little gems lettuce , cooling and hydrating, relaxing aids sleep, alkali combats acid build up
tomatoes, vitamin c, anti-oxidant, good for heart health, anti-cancer, good for brain health
and radish, combats constipation,obesity,asthma , bronchitis,urinary problems,piles, jaundice and de-toxes the body.
fresh pomegranate, good for the heart,lowers risk of heart disease and plaque build up in arteries, risk of breast and prostate cancer,reduces cholesterol,lessens symptoms of diarrhea and irritable bowel as well as being powerful anti-oxidant.
mix it all up and add fragrant savoury Moroccan cold pressed olive oil,anti-inflammatory, good for digestion, good for heart health.
lemon wedges,vitamin c , anti-oxidant, build immune system,
and fresh mint leaves, good for digestion, nausea , headache,asthma,depression, fatigue, skin, pimples and promotes good memory.
Sounds a bit boring doesn’t it but it’s not , its light and fresh, perfect for breaking fast on a hot summer’s day Thanks to an amazing dressing, it’s all about dressing when you are eating light.
According to Islamic Medicine and Mediterranean culture, diary and fish are toxic contrary to western culture where we see an abundance of tuna mayonnaise.Keen to get away from anything toxic, we thought this dressing was a more healthy way to eat tuna.
Grove Dressing 1-5 cloves garlic 1 desert spoon black mustard seeds 1 heap desert spoon raw honey or whatever you can afford 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 -1 cup apple cidar vinegar You will also need some tuna, boiled eggs, fresh mint ad parsley, leaves. Lettuce cucumber tomatoes chicory radish etc. METHOD Blend dressing ingredients; make enough that you can store in glass jar in fridge Add washed, chopped fine, mint and parsley leaves to dressing and add to broken tuna and give it a good stir Add this mixture onto of bed of leaves; lettuce etc. Top with sliced eggs, I treated myself to some organic rather than free range Season with sea salt and black pepper
I notice that there are a few diets around for Ramadan this year that have taken on board how good protein is for giving you long sustained energy , however according to Dr Mercola and an opinion I agree with, based on my clinical nutrition studies, too much protein can actually be harmful for you.
Too much protein and not enough fruit and veggies, creates an imbalance that puts a strain on your kidneys, harmful to your liver, dehydrates you, contributes to diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, is bad for your skin and other organs and leeches important minerals from your bones.
If you have ever had the opportunity to hang out with any body builders you will see what I mean. The ones that eat high protein diets have very dry lined skin for their ages-it’s shocking.
It’s true the body needs protein and the essential amino acids it contains, especially as we age, it improves our mood, helps keep nervous system functioning, provides sustained energy and strength ,however this has to be balanced with fruits, containing loads of vitamins and veggies containing loads of minerals and good healthy fats.
Protein is need to maintain lean muscle that deteriorates
as we get older, however Dr Mercola believes that animal protein is better absorbed than plant protein, this is view shared by Dr Zakir Nike.
In the past , zealots of purely plant based vegan only diet would have scoffed at the idea of eating any meat.Now, because of the cacophony of opinions, some authentic and some financed by the meat and dairy marketing board , they say eating meat is alright or even necessary.
There is so much information out there right now and much of it contradictory.
If you read between the lines of the China Study by Dr Colin T Campbell and look a the four groups studied, the Abkhazians of the Caucasus Mountains, the Vilcabambans of Ecuador ,the Hunzans of Pakistan and the Okinawa of japan, they all ate a plant based diet that included a little meat or fish. You have to read the China Study properly to glean this direction.
Personally this study is an affirmation for me of the diet of prophet Muhammad, salah la alaihi wa salem, who sometimes never ate meat of 2-3 moons.
Some say this was because he was poor, forgetting that he was a Messenger of the Most High Allah and could have asked for anything he wished.
Other like myself see this example, guiding us, that eating too much meat is unhealthy, this I backed up by Umar ibn al Kitab(ra) a later caliph, banning the eating of meat every day and the last of the 4 rightly guided caliphs, Ali (ra) who only ate meat once a year at Eid.
A diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a controversial study into the impact of protein consumption on longevity.
The findings emerged from a study of 6,381 people aged 50 and over who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) which tracks a representative group of adults and children in the US.
Many holistic nutritionists, as well as myself are saying people should restrict themselves to no more than 0.8g of protein a day for every kilogram of body weight;
Equivalent to 48g for a 60 kg person, and 64g for an 80 kg person.MORE WHEN FASTING RAMADHAN BUT BALANCE WITH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES INSTEAD OF STARCHY CARBS
Although animal protein is necessary too much protein creates imbalance that puts a strain on your kidneys, harmful to your liver, dehydrates you, contributes to diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, is bad for your skin and other organs and leeches important minerals from your bones.
If you have ever had the opportunity to hang out with any body builders you will see what I mean. The ones that eat high protein diets have very dry; lines skin for their ages-it’s shocking.
Protein is great and necessary but needs to be balanced with more fruits and vegetables for optimum nutrition.
So an iftar meal made up of a variation of fruits and vegetables and some protein, relative to your weight, is more healthy than a mainly protein meal, only in our opinion, even when you are fasting.
Finally I want to draw your attention to this gem of a hadith, Islamic tradition of prophet Muhammad, salah la alaihi wa salem,
HADDITH MEAT AND WATER IN MAKKAH
A diet of meat and water only will make you sick unless you live in Makkah……
Abraham…came to Ishmael’s wife and asked her about Ishmael. She said, ‘He has gone in search of our livelihood.’ Abraham asked her, ‘How are you getting on?’ asking her about their sustenance and living. She replied, ‘We are prosperous and well-off (i.e. we have everything in abundance).’ Then she thanked Allah. Abraham said, ‘What kind of food do you eat?’ She said. ‘Meat.’ He said, ‘What do you drink?’ She said, ‘Water.” He said, “O Allah! Bless their meat and water.” The Prophet added, “At that time they did not have grain, and if they had grain, he would have also invoked Allah to bless it.” The Prophet added, “If somebody has only these two things as his sustenance, his health and disposition will be badly affected, unless he lives in Mecca.” (Bukhari 4.853 Ibn Abbas)