Harsha (Moroccan Semolina Bread ) Double recipe

3 cups Semolina flour find grind (11/2 cups for single recipe)

1/2 teaspoon salt (1/4 teaspoons salt single recipe)

2 teaspoon baking powder (1 teaspoon baking powder single recipe)

Mix dry ingredients together until well blended

4 tablespoons of honey ( 2 tablespoons honey single recipe)

8 tablespoons melted butter (4 tablespoons melted butter)

Mix the butter and honey into the flour mixture until it looks like wet sand then add in the milk

1 3/4 cups milk to 2 cups depending on how the batter is ,(3/4-1 cup milk for single recipe)

Batter will be a bit wet set a timer and let sit for 5 minutes then shape into round shapes using a biscuit cutter to mold make a ball then flatten in the biscuit cutter I flatten on aluminum foil or waxed paper

Heat pan on stove to medium high then turn down to medium cook each side for five minutes

Serve hot with butter, honey, jam , cream cheese or serve savory with Moroccan olives and scrambled eggs seasoned with cumin and salt can add pepper if you want .

Can make a double batch and cool down they freeze great to freeze place on wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze then place in a freezer bag .

To reheat use oven or microwave until hot . Goes great with Moroccan mint tea and coffee

Things I have learned from exclusive pumping Part 1

This post is long over due I am writing about my personal experience as a exclusive pumping mom and let’s start at the beginning in the beginning it’s hard and overwhelming and you have very sore nipples. My journey was hard and fought with some problems , the first being a premature baby who’s mouth was too small to latch on so I pumped every time I feed her day and night and I drank lots of water and electrolytes as well as eating enough calories and carbohydrates as well as protein then I would pump for about 30/45 minutes depending on how full my breasts felt .

The most important thing to remember about pumping is effective removal of milk equals more milk

The number one rule removal of milk equals more milk

A good pump schedule is a must when baby was first born I pumped every time she ate for the first 4 months here’s a sample of a pumping schedule

Sample exclusive pumping schedule

I had more milk then my baby would eat because I had a oversupply which isn’t as fun as it sounds because I was very prone to clogged ducts and mastitis so I had to frequently pump and take horse size pills of sunflower lecithin to help thin the fat so it didn’t stick and cause problem .

Power pumping is your friend if you feel like your breasts aren’t emptying it can also help increase your supply too if you feel you need more milk.

Cluster pumping mimics how babies cluster feed it’s good to cluster pump around when your baby is cluster feeding below cluster pumping is explained .

Cluster pumping mimics cluster feeding

Here’s a important note pace feeding is a must for babies eating breastmilk in a bottle I’ve attached pace feeding information

Pace feeding explained
Pace feeding

Flange sizing explained

Examples of too small just right and too big

When to change pumping parts when they wear out if exclusive pumping it’s more often than occasional pumping or part time pumping

How big babies stomach is in pictures

Normal pumping amounts per pumping session

Miscarriages and pregnancy loss a poem:

Whether you lost your baby at 6 weeks.

Whether you lost your baby at 12 weeks.

Whether you lost your baby at 16 weeks.

Whether you lost your baby at 20 weeks.

Whether it is your first loss.

Whether it is your second loss.

Whether it is your third loss.

Whether is is your fourth loss.

Whether you have not had a child.

Whether you already have a child.

Whether you have two children.

Whether you have three children or more.

Whether you lost your baby in your teens.

Whether you lost your baby in your twenties.

Whether you lost your baby in your thirties.

Whether you lost your baby in your forties.

Whether you lost your baby through ivf.

Whether you lost your baby through unplanned pregnancy.

Whether you lost your baby through planned pregnancy.

Whether you lost your baby through surrogacy.

Your pregnancy loss matters.

Your grief matters.

Your tears matter.

You matter.

#iam1in4 #pregnancyloss #miscarriage

Baked Vegetables

1 large zucchini sliced in circles

5 big sweet meat eater tomatoes sliced

2 onions slice

3 bulbs of garlic peeled then cut into half

1/2 cup olive oil place zucchini in bowl coat with oil

In baking dish I used a rectangle one oil bottom and sides with some of the olive oil

Make rows of zucchini, onion and tomatoes then take chopped garlic and sprinkle between the rows I got 3 rows then take bowl that you tossed the zucchini with oil using a rubber spatula scrape remaining oil over vegetables then salt to taste can use pepper if you want to

Bake in oven 375 for half a hour Serve hot enjoy

Millwee

1 cup semolina flour

1 cup white flour

1 teaspoon salt* if watching sodium intake omit the salt

1 cup warm water

Butter 1 stick soften

Olive oil 1/2 cup to pour over soften butter

Olive oil as needed for coating hands and dough

Place the flour and salt in a kitchen aide mixer mix with your hand until combined make a well in flour and add water then using a dough hook mix until blended then beat on high for 15 minutes once throughly mixed take dough out and oil well and let sit for 15 minutes then divide into ball I do 6 for this recipe coat balls in oil let rest for 15 minutes then take one ball oil hands well and surface your working on .

Note you can mix this by hand it just tires the arms and takes a while longer you mix the liquid into the flour then knead it for 15 minutes

Using hands and some of the oil and butter flatten and stretch thinly without breaking once thin rub butter and oil onto it sprinkle with a bit of semolina flour and fold into thirds thin roll into round rolls and stretch the ends and tuck into the center then set aside after you oil it , repeat until done.

Note some people just fold and make square instead of rolling into tubes and flattening either way is fine I’ll post pictures of both

To cook use a cast iron pan or if you have a Moroccan bread pan for stove top cooking use that a griddle will also work.

Heat over medium heat pan is hot enough when a few small drops of water dance and disappears

If doing the round kind flatten to about 1/4 thick cook until golden brown on one side flip and cook until golden brown

Ways to serve

Serve hot with tea can put jelly on it ,

Serve as base for marshooes the chicken recipe tear into small pieces https://diaryofarevertmuslimah.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/marshooes/

Can store in freezer and reheat later if doing this make sure they are completely cooled down and place waxed paper between the breads then wrap in plastic wrap and place in gallon size zipper freeze bag and freeze

To thaw take out and place on counter once thawed can warm on stove top or oven

Note there’s a variation to this recipe where you add 1 teaspoon yeast and follow the same directions

Folded into thirds before rolling
Round roll

Du’a

♥ Du’a ♥

Oh ALLAH, I have no money, but I have You. I am rich.

Oh ALLAH, I have no freedom, but I believe in You. I am free.

Oh ALLAH, I have no patience, but I read Your Quran. I am calm.

Oh ALLAH, I get no respect, but You listen to my dua. I am proud.

Oh ALLAH, I have no time, but I think of Jannah. I have forever.

Oh ALLAH, I have much time, but I look at Your Signs. I have today.

Oh ALLAH, I feel so weak, but I fast Ramadan. I am strong.

Oh ALLAH, I feel so tired, but I make dua. I open my eyes.

Oh ALLAH, I feel so dirty, but I repent to You. I am cleansed.

Oh ALLAH, I feel so depressed, but I remember you. I am at peace.

Oh ALLAH, I feel so lost, but I follow Your Commands. I am safe.

Oh ALLAH, nobody listens, but You never turn your back on me. I am grateful.

Oh ALLAH, my heart breaks, but I imagine meeting You. My heart finds rest.

Oh ALLAH, I cry every night, but I make wudu. I wash away my tears.

Oh ALLAH, I feel so alone, but I pray to You..I feel peaceful…

Being A Mom

Being a mom is difficult.

Being a mom trying to find time to shower is difficult.

Being a mom trying to find time to eat is difficult.

Being a mom trying to find time to do laundry is difficult.

Being a mom trying to find time to cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner is difficult.

Being a mom who pumps is difficult.

Being a mom who is trying to stop your milk supply is difficult.

Being a mom who oversupplies is difficult.

Being a mom who supplies just enough is difficult.

Being a mom who undersupplies is difficult.

Being a stay at home mom is difficult.

Being a part time working mom is difficult.

Being a full time working mom is difficult.

Being a mom of a child with medical conditions is difficult.

Being a mom of a healthy child is difficult.

Being a mom is difficult.

It is hard to invest every waking moment into your child. It is hard to lose endless hours of sleep. It is hard to forget about the person you once were. It is hard being a mom with postpartum depression and still yet moving forward.

Everyone tells you about the sleepless nights, about the endless diaper changes, and about how expensive it gets. Yet nobody tells you about the spit up stained shirts, the excessive hours of pumping, the struggle of hearing your baby crying, the never having enough time in a day.

Nobody tells you just exactly how hard it will be.

Nobody tells you thank you for how hard you work.

But you are a mom. You are a hero to your baby. You can have them from crying to comfortable sleeping in your arms. You are the savior of your baby. You are the producer of their meals. Your baby is what makes it all worth while. To be able to watch them grow. Take their first steps. Saying their first word. Growing in their first tooth.

You are a mother and at the end of the day you feel like your work goes unnoticed just know, your baby is proud of you.

Proud of you as their mom.

You are doing a great job, don’t be to hard on yourself.

Cookies

Cookies

Nutritional yeast, flax seed, rolled oats, wheat germ. I made these no bake bites and they are delicious! Fenugreek does the opposite for me and dries me up so I had to find other routes.

2 cups old-fashioned oats

½ cup ground or milled flaxseed

3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast

1 cup peanut butter or almond butter

½ cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup dark chocolate chips

Steps

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Mix on low speed until mixture is well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Roll mixture into 2-tablespoon sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or enjoy right away. Once the bites have set, transfer them to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Mixture can be pressed into an 8×8-inch baking dish and cut into bars, if desired. Other optional add-ins: ½ chopped nuts (such as almonds or walnuts) and ½ cup dried fruit

Chicken with raisins and onion

1 chicken cut into quarters

1 lemon cut in half

Salt

Squeeze lemon onto chicken then sprinkle with salt let sit 30 minutes in fridge .

Rinse chicken before adding to the pot .

Spices used:

1 teaspoon Ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste

Garlic cloves leave skin on them

Olive oil 3 teaspoons

1 cup raisins

3 Onions sliced

Rinse chicken off with water add to pot with oil and spices sauté 5 minutes then add 3 cups of water and simmer until chicken is almost done add 1 cup raisins and cook 5 minutes then add 3 onions sliced cook 10 minutes.

Can add carrots or sweet potato when adding raisins.

Serve with bread or over rice .

World Breastfeeding Week

As Salam Alikum Readers

August 1st through 7th is world breastfeeding week

Some ways to support a breastfeeding mother are don’t stare or ask her to cover up its rude and some babies don’t like their heads covered think of it this way would you like to eat your meals with a blanket over your head ? No it’s hot and not very comfortable.

Offer the mother a comfortable chair and water as well as snacks breastfeeding makes a woman hungry and thirsty .