I happened to read this interesting article
in the local newspaper, about the experience of a non-Muslim trying to fast. The last statement mentioned in the statement is worth mentioning - that without the feeling of spiritual reflection, it is nothing more that abstinence from food and drink. There are a couple of very important Hadiths that came to my mind when I read that statement, one below and one as a slide:
"Allah does not need the fast of one who does not abandon false speech or acting according to his false speech."
(Bukhari and others)
Sometimes, even our fellow folks in faith, including myself, fail to understand this very important trait that may invalidate our fast totally. I struggle to control my anger very much, especially with the kids. They make sure they make my life miserable by being at their naughty best but that is what kids are for, right? It is for us adults to ignore it and learn to control ourselves, however at times I end up shouting or warning them, and then think, "Ya Allah ,what did I do?" It is my biggest need of the time - to be able to control my anger as much as possible because I can be so nasty that even I don't like myself at that time. :( May Allah help us control out inner devils, at the time when the shaitaans are already chained, and help us achieve what we want, and also be able to continue with it post Ramadan as well... Aameen...
We always enjoy a meal of fried chicken with hummus
and kubboos. The elders and the kids love it and have it without much complaints. Normally, I always fry our chicken the normal way
but at times, I do love a change. I had made this chicken a long time back and then wanted to replicate it again for the blog, but then I forgot how I had made it. Referring to a lot of recipes, finally I came up with the version that we enjoyed thoroughly. The marinating ensured that the chicken was nice and juicy. I "fried" the chicken in our Philips Air Fryer, but you can definitely deep fry it or even roast it in your oven!
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
1250 gm chicken, cut into meduim sized pieces
250 ml buttermilk (laban)
2 tsp paprika powder
1 1/2 tsp white pepper powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme (zatar)
1/4 tsp dried basil
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
After cutting the chicken into peices, make big stashes. Combine all ingredients from buttermilk to salt in a deep pan. Soak the chicken into it. Allow to marinate overnight or at least for two hours.
Heat oil and deep fry the peices till done OR if you have an air fryer, then "fry" it at 180 degrees for 12 minutes on each side. Healthy frying! :)