From Dusk ‘Til Dawn Read-A-Thon: Mini-Challenge

This week – from Wednesday to Sunday – Jen of Book Crazy and Jami of YA Addict are hosting a read-a-thon.

Here’s the twist: the only books that count are the ones you read between 8pm and 8am!

Each night, a few bloggers will be hosting mini-challenges for participants to take part in. You can read more about these on the read-a-thon central post by clicking on the image to the left.

Starting tonight, I’m hosting my very first mini-challenge right here! This mini-challenge will remain open until the end of the read-a-thon this weekend.

And now, for a little back of background information on this mini-challenge. Today is pretty much the mid-point of the holy month of Ramadan, during which practicing Muslims refrain from food and drink (plus some other, less obvious, things) from dawn until dusk.  From dusk until dawn, however, they can eat and drink normally. (It should be noted that this year, in my city – Toronto – this is equal to 15-16 hours every day depending on the time of the month.)

Often, this results in a series of rather long feasts where people consume food and drink to their heart’s content. Normally this is done in a large group as a family or community, but I’m a convert – my family doesn’t celebrate Ramadan, and I don’t have all that many close Muslim friends. Therefore, I mostly fast alone and eat iftar (the fast-breaking meal) by myself, with non-Muslim friends, or out at a restaurant with my partner.

And let me tell you: when you can’t eat for 15-16 hours straight through the day, you start to crave the weirdest food ever!

Your mission for this mini-challenge, should you choose to accept it, is this:

Write a post describing your ideal comfort food meal to break your hypothetical 15 hour fast one of the nights of this week’s read-a-thon. Pictures (yours or from the internet) get you bonus points! Forget about calories, healthiness, or normal portion sizes – anything goes when you’re that hungry.

Last night, for example, I had this for dinner (sharing the appetizers with one other person):

  • Fireside Antijitos (actual picture on the right)
  • Cajun Crispy Onions with Chipotle Honey BBQ dipping sauce
  • Green salad with goat cheese, roasted red peppers, apples, cranberries, and candied pecans, with grilled chicken on top
  • Lots and lots of diet Coke

Doesn’t that sound ridiculously tasty? Like the kind of junkie dinner (minus the salad, anyways) that makes most women squirm thinking about the calorie count?

So how about you – what would you eat for your fast-breaking meal? What are your weird – but tasty – food and drink cravings?

When you’re finished writing your post, link it up below. I will use random.org to pick one (1) lucky person to win a book of their choice from Book Depository (total value up to $15 CDN).


While you’re here, don’t forget to check out my Ramadan Reading series and current giveaway!


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13 Comments

  1. Um. Can I have the recipes for all of that. It looks and sounds AMAZING!!

  2. hope chests says:

    Wow! That dish looks so good. The presentation is mouthwatering. I wish I can have the recipe so that I can try it on my own. I just wish that I can get the perfect taste of it.

  3. Courtney says:

    Deep Dark Secret: My love of Taco Bell…naughty I know!

    http://stilettostorytime.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/from-dusk-till-dawn-read-a-thon/

    Courtney
    Stiletto Storytime

  4. Fun challenge! My link is up. Thanks Carina!

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