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Za’atar, Sumac and a Recipe

One of the memorable successes of my Eid menu (and yes I am still talking about Eid ul Fitr, although in the intervening period since…there has already been another Eid, Eid ul Adha) is finally making my own za’atar.  Za’atar (zahtar, Arabic ????)* is a Middle Eastern spice mix, that like any other spice “mix” […]

Bakra Eid!

Eid Mubarak! It’s that time of the Islamic calendar again – Eid ul Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice. It falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, which is the month in which Hajj falls (hence name, if you recognise the root syllables). So today (or yesterday, as we are behind over here) the […]

Hajj Photos in progress

Slowly but surely we’re going through the photos we managed to take during the Hajj. Except for the food ones. During the actual days of Hajj we weren’t really focusing on taking pictures of ourselves or other people, or sneaking cameras into the Masjid-al-Haram. It just didn’t seem to be right to pay attention to […]

Of Pilgrimage, Hujaaj and Luggage

  First View of the Kaabah Originally uploaded by Chennette The family returned from the Hajj on the 29th of December 2008. Last year That was on Monday and today is Friday. But we arrived with the usual Hajji cough, cold, flu, allergies, tiredness from 3 days of travel, good cheer from the completion of […]

The Hajj

As previously advised, Lilandra and Chennette are performing the Hajj, one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam. We’ll be gone until the end of December, without internet access. So…no blogging I won’t be able to moderate comments during the period, but don’t really want spam running wild on the blog for the month, so […]


Such a grand title. What could it possibly mean? It certainly couldn’t refer to the photo, which would be a kinda ridiculous announcement, proclaiming the poui so long after the last blooms fell off the trees…but I love poui anyway and the colour of this one in our backyard is appropriate later on in the […]