Friday, 12 June 2020

Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr Lockdown 2020.


Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Three weeks late but oh well! Better late than never.
This was a unique Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr so even though I'm three weeks later in sharing it, I really wanted to document it here. For myself more than anyone else really. I want to be able to have documented that one Ramadan and Eid in 2020 that we spent in lockdown.

Let me share some of it with you:

These wraps were made at the start of Ramadan. I filled them with cooked chicken, cheese, green yoghurt chutney and salad. Usually I toast them in the sandwich maker but this time, I fried them in a pan. The full recipe is here.
 
Can't have Ramadan without fresh dates!

This salmon with lemon garlic butter sauce was a hit. I used this recipe.

Midnight freezer raids for ice lollies. With the lockdown in full swing and working from home, I flipped my days inside out. Basically I did night shifts for the whole of Ramadan. I slept at 7am and woke up at 5pm.

Pakistani comfort food on this table: simple pulaochana chaatkofta curry + samosas.

Crispy and filled with spicy mince!

When the craving for Pakistani food hits, nothing else will do.

Always a packed fridge in Ramadan!

There were so many beautiful sunny days this Ramadan but I never had any energy to properly enjoy them.

A lazy Iftar where I threw the contents of the fridge into buns and toasted them.

Always the worst part of the day - the clear and wash up after Iftar.

Tried out these flatbreads for Iftar one night. They were delicious with chicken karahi.

I had wanted to bake this cake for ages and finally had the chance to in Ramadan.

This was me any time I got woken up too early! 🤣

Mexican night at the Iftar table! I made taquitos for the first time.

Beautiful skies before sunset. 💜

One of my favourite Iftars this Ramadan - fresh chicken pulao.

My new niece was born in Ramadan and we couldn't visit because of lockdown so I sent flowers and gifts instead. 😭

My dad's favourite tuna pasta salad. This was how I made it in Ramadan:

                                                   My Tuna Pasta Salad 

  • Boil 5 ounces penne pasta in salted water until just cooked. Mine took 11 minutes. Drain, wash under cold water, drain well. 
  • Mixing bowl - mix 50g sour cream, 50g mayonnaise, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic granules, paprika, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp milk, 1 tbsp Salad cream, 2 tbsp tomato ketchup, pinch of sugar
  • Add cooked pasta, 1 tin tuna, sweetcorn, cucumber, tomato, 2 spring onions, 2 green chillies. Mix and eat.
Mum baked my banana chocolate chip muffins and they were such a hit. We ran out of chocolate chips so she used chunks of Dairy Milk instead and we all agreed that they were better.

The most courageous decision that you can make each day is to be in a good mood.

Fresh jalebis and besan barfi for dessert one night.

Baked treats from my cousin. 💙

Randomly threw together this seekh kebab and chips sizzler and it turned out to be one of the tastiest things I made the whole month. My recipe is here.

More baked goodies! This time from one of my colleagues - so nice to see her in person. 💛

sun will rise and we will try again.

A simpler Iftar on the table - Bengali style chicken stew and toast.

My Mum's favourite defrosting for dessert - lemon meringue roulade from Asda

Every Ramadan we make these chicken twister wraps and this Ramadan was no different.

Iftar courtesy of my cousin - a chicken mandi. So delicious! 😋

The best breakfast of the year is always on Eid ul-Fitr morning. This year we celebrated on Sunday 24 May and started with spicy scrambled eggs.

And of course, coffee in daylight. Nothing beats it!

find joy in the little things and hope in unexpected places.

Bihari masala lamb chops on the Eid table.

Plus samosas and spring rolls which we were craving. We kept Eid very simple this year because of the lockdown. And actually, we enjoyed it more than usual. 



Dessert this year was Tres Leches cupcakes. I used my cake recipe and turned them into cupcakes.

Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different.

I hope you had a great Ramadan and Eid too. May Allah accept it from us all - ameen.

Keep me in your duas please!

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu




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