The ongoing battle against the worldwide pandemic, Covid-19, has left many feeling deflated and downcast about their present and future. Ramadan has been experienced by many Muslims around the world under restrictive measures with mosques being closed to worshipers and visits to friends and family, impermissible. Eid-ul-Fitr, without a doubt one of the most festive occasions that mark the Islamic calendar, will sadly not be the same. This doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be experienced in the best way possible, even if it is at home!

IRTIQA reached out to a number of influential women across Instagram and asked them to share with our readers their unique interpretation of EID 2020. This includes ideas around decor, making the home look and feel festive using simple decorative objects; delicious recipes using simple ingredients and lastly, tapping into the latest fashion trends- after all, if you look good, you feel good and nothing is needed more than feeling good during lockdown!

We are extremely grateful to all these inspiring women for taking time out to share their creative ideas with us.

Meet international Interior Stylist and Photographer, Faiza Baig

Faiza Baig

I’m an interior stylist and photographer, originally from New York City and now live outside of Washington, DC with my husband and three children.  I draw my inspiration from frequent visits to art museums, gardens and just spending time outdoors in nature.  I love the act of creating and manipulating things to look aesthetically pleasing.  I enjoy painting, crafting and DIYs, often incorporating my finished work into my interior decor.

Since we’re all home during this unprecedented time of COVID-19, I find it even more important to make our environment festive for Eid.  I wanted my Eid decor to have an effortless elegance to it, using a muted color palette giving it a classy look.  I also like using lights and lanterns to create a magical atmosphere that carries throughout the home.

 

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I don’t believe that decorating needs to be fussy and complicated; it can be done with a few intentionally chosen objects that will tell a family’s unique story throughout the home.  
I love to help women turn their homes into a haven.  To learn more about my virtual design services, follow me at @faizabaigdesigns and at www.faizabaigdesigns.com.

 

 

 

EID Breakfast with Aa’isha Kolia @foodie_fantisserie

When thinking of Eid breakfast, there is always one thought that pops into my head immediately. No, it’s not leg roast, or prawns or even Roast chicken. It’s plain and simple kheer!
“Growing up this was our absolute favorite for Eid. It was the one thing we always looked forward to. I remember my mother boiling and boiling it the day before so that on Eid morning the result was a delicious cup of creaminess. We enjoyed it with extra rice too”
I’v decided to recreate that memory with a beautiful kheer dessert that will compliment your Eid breakfast table beautifully.The kheer can be served either after or before your main breakfast meal.  Kheer is delicious served cold or warm. This recipe in particular is made more as a spoon-able dessert than a drink. If you would like a thinner consistency just add more milk as needed.

Kheer Recipe
1/2 cup of rice, rinsed and drained.
Add to pot with 2 1/2 cups of boiling water.
Boil untill rice is almost completely cooked and most of the water has evaporated.
Add in 2 litres of milk.
Bring to a boil.
When milk starts boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer with 3/4 tsp ground cardamom.
Boil on low heat untill reduced to 1 1/2 litres. Whisk every now and then.
Add in:
1 tin of condensed milk
1 big tin Nestlé cream
1/2 cup super fine vermicelli
1/3 cup klim powder
Mix well and boil for 5-10minutes untill it thickens.
Variations:
Pistachio:
Add in 1/4 cup of pistachio paste and 3 tbsp of crushed pistachios with the condensed milk and cream.
Top with extra crushed pistachios and toasted vermicelli.
Turkish Delight
Add in 1 tsp of rose essence, 1/2 tsp extra ground cardamom 4 – 5 tbsp of good quality rose syrup and pink color.
Top with Turkish delight pieces and rose petals.
Saffron:
Add in 1/3 of a tsp of crushed saffron with the milk when boiling + 4 tbsp of rose water.
NB u can also make 1 amount, divide into 3 portions and flavour each portion seperately
Bon Appétit

Sweet Starter with Haseena @the_daily_dilemna

Milky Bar Sojee
1 cup semolina/tastee wheat
125 g butter
A few Sultana’s/ raisins
1/2 tsp fine elachie
1 tsp fine crushed almonds/ pistachio ( use any nuts  or a mixture of them)
2 cups boiling water
2 cups milk
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup fresh cream
1 small slab (80g) of milky bar chocolate ( or any white chocolate you prefer)
1/2 tsp of oil (when melting chocolate)
Colored almonds /pistachio/ plain almonds to decorate.
Braise the semolina in the butter with the elachie, nuts and sultanas. Stir often so it does not burn.
Once the semolina starts to change colour (approx 5 minutes ) remove from the heat.
Slowly add the boiling water and mix well.
Place back onto low heat and add the milk and sugar – mix well to combine. Add in your cream.
Close your pot and cook on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
When it has cooked, add in half the slab of chocolate and mix – chocolate will melt into the sojee.
When ready to serve, dish sojee into your plate/ bowl.
Melt the remaining milky bar chocolate with the oil in the microwave for 20 seconds.
Sprinkle almonds onto sojee and drizzle milky bar chocolate over it.

Mains and Dessert with Zurayda Minty @whip_it_up_with_zee

My family definitely has the travel bug and we work to travel! With the lockdown keeping us home, I wanted to remind them of a fond memory when we first experienced this dish. Coconut Shrimp is a common dish found in the USA and we really were shocked to realize that that their “shrimp” were actually prawns. I am sure this dish will be a great start to a trip down memory lane on our Eid table this year

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Coconut Prawns Served with a Apricot Chili Sauce

If you have never tasted Coconut Prawns before, you are in for a treat! It’s a basic 3 step process. The Prawns  are dipped in cake flour then in beaten egg and lastly  dipped in a mixture of coconut and Panko breadcrumbs. 

The ingredients are really simple

1 kg Prawns

Headless and the shell removed but  leave the tails attached.

Do not butterfly the Prawns,they need to be intact.

So just cut through the membrane on the top to remove the vein with the sand.

This method will keep the Prawns moist inside, and prevent the Prawns from becoming dry when you fry them.

Apricot Chili Sauce 

1 cup chili sauce

2 tablespoons Smooth Apricot Jam 

Beat the apricot jam until it’s smooth and in the chili sauce and mix well.

Serve your sauce on the side.

Sprinkle some chopped coriander over the fried prawns before serving.

 Dip your prawns  and enjoy

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“Baklava is a nostalgic dessert for me. It’s a common treat at our family gatherings but something l never tire from.It is still one of my favorite dessert options and I think its charm lies in the simplicity of its flavors and that satisfying crunch when you bite into it. I also love almonds,pecans,walnuts and pistachio and love trying Baklava whenever I travel,so many variants but the taste is always amazing”
Baklava Nest
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick.
Boil all ingredients for 10 minutes  and set aside
The  Filling:
2 cups finely chopped almonds

1/2 cup  finely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup finely chopped pecan nuts

1/4 cup caster sugar

3 tablespoons breadcrumbs or flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Pinch of  ground cloves

1 packet phyllo pastry

Melted butter

Place all the filling ingredients into a bowl. Cut phyllo pastry into thin Strips. Keep it covered under a damp cloth. Butter your cupcake pans well. Place phyllo strips into the cupcake pans and create a nest.

Spoon some filling into the center. Cover with more Phyllo strips and tuck in slightly on the sides. Spoon plus minus 3 tablespoon of melted butter over the nest and make sure  you  cover all the phyllo. Bake in a preheated oven at 180degrees until golden brown.

Remove from oven and immediately pour syrup over and leave to soak overnight. Pour more syrup the next day to give it a nice glossy look.Decorate as desired. Serve with Cinnamon,honey infused whipped fresh cream.

Honey Cinnamon Cream

Whisk cream untill slightly stiff add 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon untill stiff peaks form.Refrigerate and set aside for later use.

Dressed to Kill in SILK bespoke Fashion 

@silkbespokefashion

Silk has always supported slow fashion, the idea being to create an essential and timeless wardrobe. We produce only a few pieces of each style; focusing on quality and design. In light of the recent global crisis it’s a transition from fashion conscious to conscious fashion.
We believe in traditional craftsmanship and producing a quality garment stitched with love and care.
For the Eid 2020 collection we played with new trends in our designs. We used printed fabrics, rich brocades and embossed organza. This year we were Inspired by international trends as well as creating a classic collection; that clients may wear season after season.
Designing our hand embroideries for the Silk Bespoke Eid 2020 collection meant we had to construct samples. The Silk in house team work out new techniques and experiment with different colours and textures. It’s the attention to detail in creating these pieces as well as the sourcing of raw materials that make these garments unique.
Teal jumpsuit
We were inspired by the vibrant jewel colours of the Autumn Winter runway shows; using a soft silk we designed this flowing jumpsuit with handwork detail on the bodice. All our handwork is done in house; this bodice has a geometric style beading detail.
Price available on request.
Pink cape
This was our showstopper in the Eid 2020 collection. Capes have been trending on runways for the last few seasons and are set to remain a classic design.
We used rich jewel work and pearl detailing on this Cape Evening gown.
It really is a special piece and we only produced one of each design.
Price available on request.

 

Tropical Printed inset jacket abaya
This abaya is part of our casual collection; inspired by the tropical print we designed an open front abaya with pockets and a belt. This style can be worn open as a jacket or closed.
Abaya retails for R2800
Orange butterfly beaded belt
At Silk Bespoke we love combining colours to create standout pieces. For this abaya  we combined a vibrant orange with cream; the embellished detailing on the belt was done in gold, orange and pearls. This abaya is part of the exclusive collection.
Abaya retails for R3000
Pleated inset with print
This classic abaya is repeated in our collection each season. Inspired by the pink and orange tones in the Autumn Winter collections we sourced a printed fabric to use as an inset.
Abaya retails for R2600