A Time to Fast, a Time to Feast

Posted on August 18, 2011


The month of Ramadan, that started this year on August 1st, has passed the halfway mark.  For observant Muslims, this means less than two more weeks of the daily fast – that extends from the pre-sunrise meal through dinner at sundown. 

Lately, I’ve been waking up at 4 AM with the sound of the Muezzin’s call from the neighboring Bedouin village.   And I think of my friend Balkees and her family, roused from their beds and sitting around the table in the darkness, sharing a meal of fresh whole-wheat pita bread, home-made labaneh sprinkled with zaatar (also home-made), and chunks of sweet, refreshing watermelon – an intense dose of hydration for the dry day ahead. 

But my turn to fast is still a few months away, so today I am indulging in my favorite Galilee lunch:  farike, vegetable salad and yoghurt, topped with toasted almonds.  A marvel to behold and savor!