Eid marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting (from food and vice, like Lent), reflection, goodwill to others, and togetherness. Each day, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, waking up very early for suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and only breaking for food and drink for iftar (evening meal) after the sun goes down.
Perhaps it’s the introspective nature of Ramadan that makes traditional foods a popular choice at iftar tables across the globe. This is certainly true at the Eid when families pull out all the stops! I have really fond memories of celebrating the Eid with my family, and the kitchen island being dotted from end to end with so many of my favorite foods. It seemed fitting, then, to make a traditional and beloved dish for this Virtual Eid Party: cashew baklava. [Read more...]