August 2, 2011


So today was the first day of Ramadan, alhamdulillah. It was ok, we had suhoor and I didn't feel hungry or thirsty until maybe the last half hour when the food was ready and waiting. There's something about fasting that gives you a sense of gratitude, mashaAllah. Fasting also makes you want to make dinner really good.  Here's what I made: Salad, (Salwa & Safiyah made it actually.) Rice with almonds, hazelnuts, and sultana raisins, roasted cauliflower and chicken panee.

For dessert I made chocolate mousse. It was my first try and I was so worried it wouldn't set, but alhamdulillah it came out great.


  1. Looks yummy :) It's really nice that your kids help you to make the iftar, I can't wait to do that with Nora when she grows up :)

  2. Happy Ramadan! That looks yummy. I have never made mousse before. Can you share the recipe?



  3. Amalia, It does help, last night they cut the tips off the green beans for today's iftar and they're good at rolling dough into balls for cookies :)

    Anisah, Happy Ramadan to you too!, I used this recipe...easier than all the ones with egg yolks and tempering etc...

    Chocolate Mousse-


    1 envelope unflavored gelatin
    2 tablespoons cold water
    1/4 cup boiling water
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
    2 cups (1 pt.)cold whipping cream
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    Sweetened whipped cream
    HEATH BITS' O BRICKLE Toffee Bits or HERSHEY'S MINI KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates


    1 Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small bowl; let stand 2 minutes to soften. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved and mixture is clear. Cool slightly.

    2 Mix sugar and cocoa in large bowl; add whipping cream and vanilla. Beat on medium speed, scraping bottom of bowl occasionally, until mixture is stiff. Pour in gelatin mixture; beat until well blended.

    3 Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream, topped with toffee bits or chocolate pieces. 8 servings.

  4. I just topped it with chocolate shavings!

  5. Ramadhan kareem dearest Mona! Everything looks so good! I would love to make the mousse but I have never worked with whipping cream. Is it any difficult?

  6. Hajar, Ramadan Kareem! :)Whipping cream is not hard if you have an electric mixer, stand or hand held..otherwise I think it would be hard to whip.

  7. Ramadan Mubarak ya Mona! You're first iftar dinner looks delish! And what a great family time to share together.

    Thanks for posting the mousse recipe. I will try it this month, inshaAllah.

    I love sharing ideas for iftar dinners. So please, keep 'em coming :-)

  8. TarukandZizosMama, Thanks, I keep forgetting to take pics!


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