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Ramadan Tips for Maidless Fools Like Me

September 17, 2007

It isn’t easy coming up with fatoor/sahoor every night, plus clean your house and look after your children. Not easy, no, but doable, yes. Here are a few fatoor tips off the top of my head to help those of you who are crazy enough to live without hired help.

  • Ziploc bags and your freezer will become your best friends. When you make soup, double the portion. Ladle out what you’ll need for the night and then freeze the rest in ziploc bags and lay them flat in your freezer. To make it easier on yourself, you could freeze them in specific portions, so you know how much you have in each bag. I wouldn’t recommend freezing soup containing dairy so make the soup up until the point where you would add the cream/milk/whatever, and then freeze it as is. Defrosting is easy. Place the bag in a bowl and let it defrost enough for you to get the soup out of the bag, then pop into a microwave-safe bowl and nuke it or place in a pot on your stove-top. If the soup requires dairy, wait until hot, then add.
  • You can also freeze things like sambosa, eggrolls, kibbe, etc. Just make sure you freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet first, then place in freezer bag.
  • Marag for tashreeba does well in the fridge for a few days. In fact, I think it tastes better on the second day. Gives the flavors a chance to develop even more than when it was fresh.
  • Buy a Dustbuster. These things are great for quickly sucking up all the breadcrumbs or other tidbits from the floor beneath the table.
  • Use a large microfiber cloth and a squeegee mop to clean the floor around the table. Wet the cloth in the sink with hot water, ring it out. Spray some disinfectant floor cleaner onto the cloth, drape over the squeegee part and wash the floor this way. This is for nightly use, once a week do the proper hot water/cleaner in bucket with string mop thing.
  • Face it, you’ll be in the kitchen a lot this month. If you have children, get them involved in the cooking process. They’ll love it and it’s educational. If they’re too young to help, bring some toys into the kitchen to keep them occupied.
  • Don’t get bored. Invest in a stereo system and/or television for your kitchen. I love cooking while listening to music.
  • Fill the sink up with hot soapy water and clean as you go along. If you have a double sink, use the other sink to rinse off dishes and put them straight away into the dishwasher. This saves a massive mess at the end of fatoor. And who wants to deal with a dirty kitchen with a full tummy? Not me.
  • Give yourself a break and eat out once a week. (But not at Applebees in Abu Halifa. They’re closed for renovation as we found out at 6PM last Friday night.)
  • There are lots of cookbooks and online recipes that feature meals made in thirty minutes or less.

If any of you out there have more tips, please share them in the comment section.

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Fatafeat Page

January 13, 2007

If you look above, you’ll see that I added a Fatafeat page. Several people from the channel are reading this blog to get feedback from viewers. I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’ll keep it up as long as it’s useful to the channel and viewers like me.

I’m really cramped for time today so transferring previous posts and comments will show up later on in the week. Sorry about that.