Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ramadan Special Series- Week Four : Cream Cheese and Walnuts Dates from Faaiza ( Modest Munchies)

It's time for another guest post on this last week of Ramadan. I hope you have enjoyed reading these guest posts so far and meeting the beautiful talented ladies behind them. 

For this week we have Faaiza from modestmunchies.com. Faaiza is another friend that I met through Instagram.Originally from South Africa but now residing in Australia, her blog is warm and sincere like she is,  full of family activities, crafts, kids approved recipes and everything else mommy related. 

And now I'll give the space to  Faaiza...

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Asalaamu Alaikum, my name is Faaiza, a South African born Muslim (of Indian heritage) living in Australia, and has been for the last 12 years. I live in the city of Brisbane with my husband and 2 children.  

Australia is a very multicultural country, being home to people of many diverse backgrounds and different walks of life. I moved here as a teenager with my family and I found many similarities between Australia and South Africa, the Ramadan experience however, required a few adjustments. Ramadan back home was family centred, big family Iftar’s and get togethers were a major part of our tradition. As new migrants in this land, new traditions had to be created.  

Many Mosques and Islamic Centres would host Iftar dinners particularly on the weekends and Ramadan fundraising BBQ’s became very common after Taraweeh. As a teenager I recall attending and supporting many of these initiatives which was a good way of learning and experiencing the great diversity of Brisbane Muslims. Over the years, the community has grown and despite not being able to share Ramadan and Eid with our extended families in South Africa, we have new traditions we share with new friends and a growing family right here in Brisbane. Alhamdulillah. 

As a mother, my focus for Ramadan is now my kids. I want them to be as excited about the Blessed month as I was growing up and I believe Ramadan is a great opportunity to create lasting memories. My son is now 3 years old and is very alert and aware of the things we do. I do my best to make Ramadan fun and exciting so he can learn to appreciate the virtue of the month while doing what kids do best. I share some of these ideas on my blog for other mums or parents in the same position. I think it’s important to create such memories and experiences for children to give them a sense of appreciation towards our beautiful faith. This year we’ve made a Ramadan advent calendar, a Ramadan poster and In shaa Allah I’m planning a few more Ramadan Crafts and activities for the rest of the month.  

This year Ramadan falls in the midst of our winter giving us long nights to pray in and shorter days to fast in. Ramadan also coincides with the winter school break which is an excellent opportunity to get the kids involved in Ramadan activities as well as encouraging older children to fast. 

One of our favourite Ramadan snacks is cream cheese and walnut dates. It is a wholesome and satisfying treat that curbs cravings and nourishes at the same time. I’m sharing the recipe for this easy, tasty snack below.






Cream cheese and walnut Dates

Medjool dates
½ tsp cream cheese per date
1 walnut per date

Slit the date on one side and remove the pit. Fill the cream cheese into the cavity. Roughly chop your walnuts and place them into the cream cheese.



Enjoy.

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