The Ramadhan Diaries

Fasting in London and beyond

I made shorba!

Oh my goodness it was amazing. Maybe it was because I was starving that it tasted so good!  Aha – an instant way to gain a reputation as a good cook – make sure everyone has fasted for at least 12 hours – devoid of water, tea, coffee and any food. Then present your attempt of cooking and I am sure you will be deemed a success. 

So my shorba was made with lamb, some onions, some paprika  which caused a bit of a dilemma. I was not entirely sure if it was paprika or red chilli powder – it had the potential to go horribly wrong. It was a bit like have to decide whether to cut the red or the blue wire when you are the on-shift bomb disposal person. If you get it wrong – boom! well my red chilli versus paprika mix up had the potential to do the same. And the added anguish was that I was fasting so couldn’t pop a sprinkle on the tongue for that 5 second test where if you get it wrong you know about it and can douce the flames with water. 

My favourite spice ras -al hanout was thrown in as was some rather old looking garlic – then some of that grain stuff – foreek I think it’s called in Algerian and that heavenly freshly chopped coriander and there we were. Delish! 

Now it’s about that time again when I can break my fast. No such extravagance tonight – it’s tuna pasta!

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