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Old 31st August 2008, 13:40   #1 (permalink)
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food for Ramazan

i cant believe its a year since we were discussing Ramazan..but instead of a debate on the rights and wrongs of fasting and who does and who doesnt it will be nice to see some of the great food thats turned out when the fast is broken.

The name for breaking the fast at sunset is İftar..and i believe that as its an Arabic word the same word is used by all Muslims regardless of the country.
Usually the food preparation takes all day as the cook wants to do a great İftar sofrası..or iftar yemeği and some really imaginative tasty meals are served.

After the rush of getting everything ready and the fresh bread picked up usually by the man of the house the meal is set out on the table..or floor..and everybody sits around patiently waiting for the Ezan call to prayer..and the signal that the fast is over.
İn Yusufs family the fast is broken by everybody taking a glass of cold water
and sometimes followed by dates and then soup usually mercimek/lentil or different meze humus or hydarı, then a meat dish with rice and salad.
the most often served meat dish in Hatay during Ramazan is Keşkek..and i have to say its not one im fond of,though a lot of work goes into making this dish.
Basically its made from cracked wheat,nohot and shredded meat from either lamb or chicken. when these have been cooked they are pounded together with a lot of spices aci biber , kekik,kumın, kara biber etc into a sticky gooey mash ..the flavour is lovely..its the consistency that i dont like.
The meal that is eaten before sunrise is called sahur..and you know its time to get up and eat when the drum begins to bang.
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Old 31st August 2008, 13:46   #2 (permalink)
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Re: food for Ramazan

Hi Shirley. What time is sunset/Iftar at the moment? I have experienced Ramazan a few times but always later in the year, obviously making sunset earlier. I know it won't make all that much difference to us when we visit next week. However we are having a multi nationality party on 13th September and I don't want to make it difficult for those who are fasting. We were planning to eat at 7.00, will that be too early?
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Fortunately, Shirley, we don't get the drum banging out here!!!
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Re: food for Ramazan

In the past they have fired a canon in Koycegiz at 7 pm to signal the end of the fasting day.
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There is a canon fired in Fethiye, too. (And they have the drum there in the morning!!!)
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Is it always 7pm though because obviously sunset will occur at different times each year?
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Is it always 7pm though because obviously sunset will occur at different times each year?
No Jane and it changes slightly each night, ie gets a minute or so earlier. I think it will be about 8pm tomorrow but I'll let you know - I'll check my watch when the cannon fires!
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Re: food for Ramazan

It looks like we might have a problem with our 7pm meal then. I can't really make it any later as the cyclists will be ravenous when they come in at 6.30.
I can't imagine how people manage when it's mid summer when Ramazan falls. What with the heat and the later sunset it must be very difficult.
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Re: food for Ramazan

hi sunset tonight is 7.39 so by the middle of the month it will be about 7.15 I would guess. the cannon will be fired at around sunset (not exactly sure how precise) people fasting will not eat or drink before this time.
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Re: food for Ramazan

Oh good we might be OK then, I can delay the meal for 15 mins and just have a sneaky sandwich available for the cyclists who aren't fasting. I should think it could be an ordeal for the Turkish cyclists if they can't eat or drink all day though.
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