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
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.
EID Breakfast with Aa’isha Kolia @foodie_fantisserie
“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”
Sweet Starter with Haseena @the_daily_dilemna
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
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
“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”
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
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
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
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.