Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan is one of the Holy Months in the Hijri (Lunar) Calendar in Islam. During this time Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, and we mark the end with the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr (Literally means to break fast). During this time we will be releasing a few recipes that are healthy and delicious, which are perfect to have for Iftar (breaking the fast). Traditionally, one should break their fast on a Date, and then continue to have their prepared meal. We will post everything from Mezza to Dessert, all traditionally eaten during this month. Growing up our Ramadan experience consisted of decorating the house with beautiful decorations, and as we grew older it meant spending a little more time preparing meals each day. You’d think it would be difficult to fast and prepare a feast, but it isn’t as bad as it sounds. Each day our menu included a soup, salad and side of samosas, baked pies or something special that our mom would cook up. This year we can’t wait to share those recipes with our readers!

Any requests can be left in the comments, or on Facebook 🙂

Ramadan Kareem everyone!

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Yellow Cake – Sfouf {صفوف} (Egg Free)

Sfouf literally means “rows” in Arabic, so why is this cake called sfouf? Beats us! This cake gets it’s beautiful yellow color from the all natural spice known as Turmeric. Turmeric has been proven to have numerous health benefits and people are scrambling these days to incorporate this spice into their cooking. Turmeric has been shown to have a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antimutagenic, anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it is so beneficial we had to write a whole article about it! Click here for the full read. We are proud to present to you one of the many ways you can use Turmeric in your home!

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Lazy Hummus {5 Minute Recipe}

Now that school’s back on, you don’t have all the time in the world. Here’s a quick pictorial on making hummus in your food processor! Who doesn’t love a one-bowl recipe and easy clean up?

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DIY: Party Poms/Tissue Paper Flower Balls {Party Decor}

How cute are these party poms? I’ve seen them all over the craft world, but never known how to make them. I thought I’d give it a go so that I could have some awesome decor for my upcoming dinner and they turned out awesome!

I experimented with different sizes, but I personally like the medium size best – it’s not too big (approx 12-13 inches), and it fluffs up really nice. You can use any type of string to hang the poms, a lot of crafters like to use clear cord so that it doesn’t show; I opted for the jute twine. I love it too much.

Here’s a step by step pictorial on how to make these poms that can spice up any party decor – guaranteed.

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Triple Threat Brownies {Easy & Fast Recipe}

Today we bring forth a recipe that is so easy and so good. In fact, we predict that on your next shopping trip you’ll be scooping up what you need to make these brownies. Thanks to the power of social networks and bake sales we have come to know this positively sinful delight of a brownie.

So most of the time, we watch what we eat, but sometimes you gotta just live on the edge.

Sometimes you need that kick of chocolate in your life.

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How to make the best Hummus {Lebanese Style}

Hummus is the arabic word for Chickpeas, or Garbanzo beans. Hummus is traditionally eaten in all parts of the Arab world, and each region makes it a little differently. This is the Lebanese style hummus that we grew up eating, usually with pita bread. Have you ever had a hummus sandwhich? Cause if you haven’t you are missing out – big time. Hummus was definitely not popular as we were growing up, but now you find people eating hummus with everything, and you find it everywhere! You could pretty much walk into any grocery store and buy some hummus, but it probably won’t be as good as this recipe. Actually we’re confident it won’t, because nothing beats home made. Also, packaged hummus doesn’t taste anything like the hummus we know.
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FREEBIE: Printable Ramadan Calendar!

We’re really excited for this freebie! It’s a download of the Ramadan Calendar, designed by us! Available for download is the finished version in .JPG which can be printed out and displayed beautifully in a frame, on the fridge, or on your bulletin board. There is also two Photoshop files for those who know their way around Photoshop,  in case you want to adjust the times and dates to your time zone. This calendar is prepared for Ottawa using times from the “Al Qibla” app on android.

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Delicious Low Fat Banana Bread

I’ve been using this banana bread recipe for a few years now, and it never, EVER, fails me! It is very low in added fat and sugar, the sweetness of the banana is enough. It is relatively quick and easy, and comes out tasting fantastic anytime. What could be better? Well, I’ll tell you, you can make many variations to alter it to your taste such as adding walnuts (like I do), or chocolate chips, or even raisins if you so choose. Happy Baking!
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Welcome and why we chose to start this blog.

The Tabouli Bowl is here to bring you nutrition & lifestyle blogging from the perspective of five sisters.

A little more about why we started this blog:

Emma:

When I first got married, I thought I knew enough to cook and bake good Lebanese-fare without any help, but I soon learned that I was quite mistaken. While living at home it was easy to ask my mother about quantities, cooking times, procedures and all that, and I did not realize how much I relied on this quick tips from my mother being in the next room. I learned a lot while helping my mother prepare feasts on occasions and day to day meals. Apparently, no matter how much you know – unless you practice constantly you will need a written reference for future attempts. Eventually, you get the hang of it, and like any good chef or mother you learn the recipes and techniques by heart. I was lucky to grow up with a mother who taught me all I needed to know for when I would be on my own – and I could always call when I needed something. Sometimes said mother was busy, or at work so I would have to fend for myself. Now I have grown up in the “google everything” age, and I would do just that. However because some foods have Arabic titles/words I found little to no information about them. The foods that I did find were either a random recipe posted years ago – or very poorly written, with ingredients and steps missing. I used to think, “how great would it be if there was a website with all the Lebanese traditional recipes on it?” I won’t say I didn’t find attempts at those types of sites, but they were not easy to navigate or had recipes that called for ingredients that we do not use in our cooking.

From then, I began to keep text files on my computer with recipes and steps. I found my mother’s old notebook that she used to write recipes in that our grandmother taught her. It’s amazing how much historical importance and culture food can carry, isn’t it? You think it’s a simple recipe, but food is something that all humans need. Food is also something that is used in every culture to promote congregation and community. An old recipe handed down, withstanding the test of time. Anyways – I digress, back to why this blog was a good idea. It provides a quick reference to newly weds or young ladies, or even non-arabs…really anyone who want’s to cook Lebanese cuisine! There will also be tips that we find useful, and any other ideas we can think of.

We are aiming to include traditional Lebanese recipes, but more than that, because we are such a diverse family we decided to include lifestyle posts. Each one of us took a different path in life and thus have so many different ideas to offer! We hope we can also show you the nutritional aspects of Lebanese cuisine. We really just want to share what we love with the world. W

Hopefully our readers will enjoy the content and share it with friends & family to spread the word. Let us know how we are doing by leaving a comment on the post or on the Facebook Page or Twitter!

The First Day { Short Story }


Staring at the busy hustle and bustle of the university grounds Fatima came face to face with her worst enemy, new beginnings.  Continue reading “The First Day { Short Story }”