Prepare for Eid al-Adha

Posted on 20 Sep 2015

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, brings families and communities together for a four day celebration. From delicious recipes to show-stopping outfits, Max has all the ingredients you need for a blessed Eid al-Adha.
 
Dress to Impress
 
 
Max has classic, sophisticated and stylish ensembles for every fashionista this Eid al-Adha!
 
Frosty pinks and cool shades of white are the right colors for your little princesses this festive season, dress them for fun family occasions in an embellished pink party dress.
 
 
Be bold and stand out in a Folklore inspired red maxi-dress. This look can be dressed up or down with your choice of shoes! 
 
 
Channel your inner Gypsy Queen by mixing bohemian prints with bold embellishment! Celebrate this festive season by pairing a luminescent top with a flowing maxi-skirt.
 
The Spice is Right
 
Eid al-Adha calls for some delicious dishes to be prepared and shared with loved ones. Nothing like enjoying a succulent meat dish, flavored with authentic spices. Max has the top five spices you should be including in your cooking this Eid al-Adha!
 
Chili: Originating from South America, chilies belong to the pepper family along with capsicums (bell peppers). While red chilies are considered mild, green chilies will add a big hit of spice to your meal!
 
Cinnamon:  Deliciously warm cinnamon originates from the bark of the cinnamon tree, found throughout South East Asia. Cinnamon adds a delightfully sweet note to savory meals.
 
 
Garam Masala: Garam Masala is a mixture of spices commonly used throughout India. You can make your own GaramMasala or buy it ready-made!
 
Ginger: Like cinnamon, ginger is a spice that adds a depth of warmth to your meal! Ginger comes from the same family as turmeric, cardamom and galangal.
 
Saffron: Saffron is an incredibly valuable spice found in the Eurasian region and popular throughout Middle Eastern and South-Asian cuisine. Did you know that although saffron is a vibrant shade of red, the flower it comes from is light mauve?
 
Sweet Treats
 
 
Meat is the stand out dish for every family during Eid al-Adha but that doesn’t mean you can’t impress your family and friends with a delicious sweet treats! Read on for Max’s favorite Maamoul Cookies!
 
You will need:
 
Dough:
• 2 cups all purpose flour
• 1 cup semolina flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 cup milk
• 2 sticks of butter at room temperature
• 1 tsp orange blossom water
• Cookie Moulds
 
Filling:
• 1 cup ground walnuts
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp Orange Blossom Water
• 8 dates (pitted)
• vegetable oil
• powdered sugar
 
Pre-heat the oven at 220 degrees Celsius.
 
FOR THE DOUGH: In a large bowl, mix the flour, semolina and baking powder. Add butter, milk and orange blossom water to dry ingredients and mix until soft dough is formed.
 
FOR THE FILLING: Blend walnuts until fine before pouring into a separate bowl and adding sugar, cinnamon and orange blossom water. 
 
Place dates in a food processor and blend until they form a ball; remove and add a dash of orange blossom water and set aside.
 
To form Maamoul cookies, roll dough into small balls (smaller than golf balls), poke an indent into the ball and place a small spoon of filling inside and close the opening until all of the filling is concealed. 
 
Grease the mold with vegetable oil and press ball into the mold before hitting the mold on the side. 
 
Place cookies on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, until the bottoms of the cookiesare light brown. Remove cookies and cool completely. For an extra dose of sweetness, dust with powdered sugar.
 
Don’t forget to check out Max’s home ware collection for all your cooking needs! Share your Eid al-Adha with Max by tagging @MaxFashionMENA on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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