I was going to write about an incredible cider pork chop recipe today. As I sat here drafting it, though, I couldn’t help but feel that posting about pork and alcohol, in a muslim country, on the first day of Ramadan was somewhat disrespectful. I might just be being overly sensitive. This is a personal blog after all, so I can technically talk about whatever I want. But I’ve decided to put that particular post on hold for now. It just didn’t feel right.
In the Muslim world, the Holy month of Ramadan is a time for a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. For non-Muslims living in a Muslim country, Ramadan is like the January detox month of the Middle Eastern world.
I, like most non-muslim expats, use the quieter month of Ramadan to eat and live a healthier existence. Up the exercise and veggie consumption, and lower the alcohol and carb intake. I also like to have a bit of a clear-out, which is perfect timing since I am moving next weekend. No point in moving unnecessary belongings. Believe me – I having plenty. The number of boxes and drawers I have filled with “bits and bobs” is beyond ridiculous. If I got rid of all the bits and bobs I currently have in my possession, I might actually be able to fit all my belongings in a cupboard. You know, like a normal person.
So that’s that – this Ramadan I will be feng shui-ing my life. Look forward to a month of of healthy recipes – potentially sprinkled with a few Iftars. We shall see.
Ramadan Kareem, my food-loving friends.