We made our Ramadan advent calendar yesterday. Yay! Now I hope the cookie monster can hold out till Ramadan.
Some quick notes on our calendar. Yes, the advent calendar activity tickets are viewable, but the cookie monster can’t read yet so I don’t have to worry about that too much. Also, I put the numbers of the days on the pegs instead of the tags so that I can chop and change the days if I need too. I know that probably makes me sound like a really mean deceiving mum, but in my defence some of the activities take more time and planning than others and I may not know if I’m able to take on that activity until the actual day.
I kept it pretty simple. We used:
I used the printable from my previous post and cut the tickets up. I cut out little pieces of felt, approximately 1cm x 2cm in size and glued these onto the pegs. Then cut 3 pieces of wool and attached them to the wall with blu tak. The tickets were attached by the pegs to the wool. We made the ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ poster a few days ago, I’ll post about that soon in shaa Allah.
See, simple, didn’t really need instructions did I? Lol. If you’re making your own Ramadan Advent Calendars please post a picture to my Facebook page (you don’t have to be using my printable). Would love to see all the wonderful calendars everyone is making
Ramadan is around the corner and I wanted to do something fun to get the cookie monster excited about Ramadan and Eid. He is already pretty excited, he even wants to fast (he’s only 3, so I’m not going to force that one). Last year I made a Hajj Advent Calendar for Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, it worked out so much better than I could’ve expected and it has motivated me to ensure I can make learning at home fun and exciting for him.
I’ve made a printable with all the things I would like to do with him this Ramadan. I’ve included a copy for all of you here if you would like to use this as well, the list is in no particular order. (I hope there’s no typos)
As you can see the they aren’t numbered so I can choose them day by day as I see fit. I’ve also included this blank version if you’d like to print out the cards and fill them with your own ideas. I know these activity tickets don’t have a Ramadan feel, but it’s all I could come up with right now.
When I did the Hajj Advent Calendar, it was very rushed, I made it on the first day of Dhul Hijjah. I didn’t have chance to come up with ideas to fill into the calendar, which meant a lot of lollies and cheap little toy cars. This time I wanted to fill the calendar with things that aren’t material, there’s crafts, games, colouring and more.
I’m including the list below and will update the list with links to that particular activity, either from my blog, other blogs or links to pics from my instagram and facebook accounts, as the month goes on. Be sure to follow! In the next few days I’ll also be making the actual calendar and will try to get a tutorial posted up for that as well in shaa Allah.
Here’s the list (in no particular order):
Make Ramadan Cookies – Day 6
- Make Eid Cookies – This would have been Day 30, but who am I kidding? Did I honestly think I’d get to do anything on day 30? It’s the day before Eid!
Donate some toys to those in need – Day 14
- Donate some clothes to those in need
Donate some coins to those in need – Day 8
Draw the phases of the moon – Day 16 and here
Plant some seeds – Day 17
Make an Eid Poster – Day 22
Make a Ramadan Poster – Day 4 we made bunting, if you’d like to make it too, check out my post here for a free printable.
Write/tell your own Ramadan story – Day 15
Read a Ramadan story – Day 3
Read an Eid story – Day 21
Play with play dough – Day 18, recipe here)
Paint/colour a Ramadan Picture – Day 2 – There’s a whole lot of options with this, just searching Google and even Crayola has some colouring pages. Our printer wasn’t working when I needed this so I drew a picture instead.
Paint/colour and Eid picture – Day 23
Look at the moon – Day 1
Make a food plate Day 13
Count dates – Day 10
Look at pictures of Ramadan around the world – Day 7
Look at Eid pictures around the world – Day 27
Make prayer beads – Day 25
Learn the Eid Takbeer – Day 24
Choose/try on Eid clothes – Day 26
Learn a surah/dua/supplication – Day 19
Make moon sighting binoculars – Day 29
Make a treat with dates – Day 5
Play arabic alphabet memory – Day 28
Make a masjid picture Day 11/12, post with link here
Build a masjid with your blocks – Day 9
Do a Ramadan/Eid craft with a friend – Day 11/12, post here
Here are some other ideas I just absolutely love!!
Amnah from littlelightofmine.com created these gorgeous Ramadan baskets for her girls as well as this Ramadan Bucket List. I adore the bucket list idea and think I will implement it when the kids are older. I also found some great ideas on this blog, on this facebook page and more ideas here and here. This is not an extensive list by any means, just some I’ve seen recently. If you’ve seen some interesting stuff around, post the link in the comments
Maroccan food is a favourite in our house, in fact I think I could put it at the top of my Mr Munchies favourite type of cuisine. His birthday means baking a cake and making Moroccan, yip that’s all he needs for his birthday. I married a good one.
On the day, I made Moroccan Lamb stew (a dish I make often) and I tried this Chicken Tagine, it was yummy but I think the stew is our favourite. Lamb seems to be much better suited to Moroccan flavourings. I’ll have to bring you that recipe the next time I make it, I didn’t get a chance to take photos on the day.
Yes, if you read my posts you’ll know Mr Munchies’ birthday was over a month ago, better late then never, right? If you like Moroccan Cuisine too, try this one out (PS. you don’t really need a tagine, but gosh does it look good in photos)
- Whole chicken dissected
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic
- 2 tblsp oil to cook
- 1 large onion – finely chopped
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- a few strands of saffron
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 bunch coriander (reserve some to serve)
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- 2 carrots thinly sliced
- 2 zucchinis cut in strips (courgettes)
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1/4 cup olives (optional)
Start off by marinating your chicken in the garlic. Get a pan heating on the stove (you could use a tagine base), add in the oil and the chicken and let the chicken brown over a medium to high heat. Once the chicken has browned add in the onion and cook until soft. Add in all the spices up to and including the can of diced tomatoes in the ingredient list and let cook on a high heat until the liquid starts to bubble. Add water and carrots, let cook for 15 minutes. Add in zucchini and chickpeas. Place a lid on the pot and let it all cook for a further 15 minutes or until the vegetables and chicken are tender. Throw in olives. Sprinkle with coriander to serve.
Adapted from ‘Cooking Moroccan’ (Murdoch Books)
Moroccan may seem a little foreign, but honestly most of us already have all these ingredients in our kitchen pantry. Give it a try, you won’t be sorry. Serve it with cous cous, or rice, totally up to you. I prefer cous cous, much more traditional.
One more tagine shot, I couldn’t resist!
Who likes butterscotch? I do! In fact I just made a yummy Date, Walnut and Buttescotch cheesecake recently. With it’s silky sweet, deep toffee flavour, what’s not to like. Well I’ve got something a little different for you today, butterscotch sojee.
For those of you that don’t know, sojee is an Indian sweet dish, made with semolina which is traditionally served at the beginning of a meal, yes, Indians eat dessert first.
My mum makes the best sojee, seriously the BEST. Recently I was making her recipe when I tipped in the brown sugar in instead of the normal stuff. What? I know, total mistake, but lets keep that between us. When butterscotch sojee becomes a thang I totally want to be able to claim it was me who invented it.
This sojee has a much deeper flavour than the traditional obviously, and also a deeper, richer colour.
This recipe is purely altered by the use of brown sugar instead of white sugar. If you want a great sojee recipe, just try this with normal sugar, if you’d like to try this butterscotch version, follow the recipe below.
- 1/2 cup semolina
- 75g butter
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cardamon pwder
- a few strands if saffron
- 1 tblsp chopped almonds and some strands of saffron to serve (optional)
Add butter and semolina to a small saucepan on the stove on medium heat.Cook the semolina in the butter until it starts to lightly colour (almost pinkish), at this point take the semolina off the stove and set aside to cool a bit. In a measuring jug (or measure into a bowl) mix the eggs, milk, sugar, saffron and cardamon powder. Pour the milk mixture in a slow stream into the semolina while whisking briskly until all the milk is absorbed (your mixture will be runny). Put this back on the stove for a few minutes on a medium heat to begin to absorb. Once the liquid starts to absorb, put the stove on the lowest heat possible and cover, let it steam for about 15+ minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the sojee is fluffy. Sprinkle on some saffron threads and chopped almonds to serve.
Ramadan is now far behind us, I know, but if you’re like us (we tend to stock up on dates, 7kgs worth), you might still have some left over. If you want to use up some dates or just want a datey (totally a word, right?) treat, try these!
These macarons are slightly different to the norm, brown sugar is used to make the meringue instead of the usual white sugar. The brown sugar gives a subtle taste difference as well as a slight creamy tinge.
Brown Sugar Macarons
40g egg white (1 egg white at room temperature)
56g almond meal
72g icing sugar
20g light brown sugar
Measure out your ingredients. Combine almond meal and icing sugar and grind till a fine powder. Whip egg whites till foamy, slowly stream in the brown sugar until egg whites are stiff and glossy. Sift almond meal and icing sugar mixture on top of egg whites and fold until just combined.
Pre heat oven to 150°c. Fill mixture into piping bag and pipe 3cm rounds onto baking paper lined trays. Let mixture sit for 15-30 minutes. Place in oven for 17 minutes (I found that the substitution of brown sugar required the macarons baking for a little longer then usual) or until tops don’t move when pushed with a finger.
Sticky Date Filling
1/2 cup pitted dates (I use medjool)
100g softened butter
3 tblsp cooled butterscotch sauce (recipe below, alternatively you could use 1/4 cup of brown sugar)
Pit dates and place in a bowl, fill with hot water until all the dates are immersed, leave to soak for 10 minutes. Cream butter till fluffy. Drain all excess water from the dates and process till smooth and pasty. Add date paste and butterscotch to butter, beat until combined. Fill a piping bag, ready to fill macarons.
1 tblsp dark brown sugar
1 tblsp butter
3 tblsp cream
Place sugar and butter on a medium heat on the stove. Mix till sugar dissolves. Add in cream and mix till combined, set aside to cool.
To assemble macarons, pipe sticky date filling into one macaron shell and sandwich with the other. Sticky, datey, yummy macarons!
Cardamon? Cardamom? I’ve always been a cardamon kinda girl, but I get that crooked red line every time I type it that way. How do you spell it? Doesn’t matter I guess, these rose and cardamon macarons are good!
These macarons were from this Eid Dessert Table post. I made them using the Italian meringue method (will be uploading a recipe). But for now, here’s the recipe for the filling.
Rose and Cardamon Filling
(fills approx 20 macarons)
50g softened butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 tblsp rose syrup
1/2 tsp cardamon powder
Beat butter till soft and creamy, add icing sugar and beat till smooth. Add syrup and cardamon and beat till well combined. Fill into a piping bag and fill macarons.
Fragrant and flavoursome these rose and cardamon macarons are a treat fit for any time of the year.