Hello friends! How is your Eid weekend going? On Eid weekend the excitement (and exhaustion!) is palpable around these parts! Eid Day One went off wonderfully and now we are celebrating with a family dinner tonight and a lunch at our place tomorrow. For which I have almost decided the menu. The uncertainty doesn’t feel quite so good. You know what does thought? Being able to eat and drink whenever we want! With summer temps kicking in a cool drink is always appreciated and this Strawberry Lime Slushie with Stevia is the perfect beverage for those hot days.
Hello hello and welcome to Eid Eats 2018! Eid Eats is where blogging buddies and enthusiastic chefs share their Eid creations with us. It has to be neither fancy nor traditional, simply anything your heart desires! If you are a blogger participate by dropping your link a little below. If you are not then just use the hashtag #EidEats2018 on Instagram and we will check out your creations. Worried we will miss it? Tag any or all of us – Henna from @ChaiandChurros, Asiya from @ChocolateandChillies or me @FlourandSpiceBlog and we will see it and share it! Want more deets? Check this post out.
Now what did I bring to the party this year? A recipe for a Patterned Chocolate Roll Cake with Milky Way Frosting. This cake is pretty to look at with a moist chocolate sponge and an easy filling that is mind-blowingly good. The frosting has just 3 magical ingredients that combine to create what I can only describe as a frosting version of the Milky Way chocolate bar. The milk chocolate (Dairy Milk works best) combines with the Dulce de Leche to create a filling that is sweet and luscious and pairs beautifully with this dark chocolate roll. The cake itself has great flavour, the 2 tbsp of oil save it from the dry sponge of a typical roll cake, but it is still sturdy enough to roll with ease.
There are few dishes that can stand on their own. That don’t need a second fiddle, a side, anything else really except the garnishes that accompany it. Biryani is one such dish, but if I am to be honest than my favourite one dish meal is Nihari. With it’s strong spices, beautifully tender meat, the sourness of the lemon, that bright leafy cilantro. If I had a last meal request it would be Nihari.
One week till Eid! Somehow somewhere Eid has become one of the things I look most forward to, in no small part because my kids do too. Every day my older one asks me how many days to Eid and then modifies her question by saying “How many days to Eid if they spot the moon on Thursday?” The Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar and for many Muslims sighting a new moon signals the start of a new month. I get positively gushy about Eid, but I will rein it in now and gush about this easy 5-Ingredient Mocha Icebox Cake instead.
There are foods that I think of as Paratha foods, the kinds where even the tenderest chapati does not have the same oomph. A good Dum ka Keema, spicy, smoky, heady punctured with the brightness of mint, the boldness of ginger, that just calls for parathas. It is the one dish that I will always eat at a dinner because there is something about this potent combination I find hard to resist. If there are parathas on the table then whose counting helpings. Definitely not me.