I am not much of a foodie. Like Josh Hutcherson playing the mean older brother in Zathura, the only thing I do know how to prepare (perfectly) is water. No, I'm not proud of it, neither is my mom. However, much like my love for food puns, my love for certain dishes made exclusively for Eid is what keeps me going in life.
Today I will be giving you a glimpse of the food I look forward to every year on Eid day, and the food that gets me egg-cited for this holiday.
When life gives you lemons, make lemon cheesecake
I still remember tasting this dish for the first time and wondering where it was all my life. So, naturally this is what I will be missing the most this Eid. I'm sure everyone in my friend group will agree as well. This cheesecake is something we grew up fighting for, and the reason I'd have less of everything else. The lemony taste mixed with a bit of cream and crunch makes this dish something I would travel miles over, no joke. If only I could right now.
Jorda, A Biye Bari Classic
Amidst the extravagant dishes found at this friend's place, the only thing I have an eye out for is the simple yet elegant biye bari dessert: jorda. Even if there is kacchi to my left and some hybrid version of cake pops to my right, I always find myself looking straight ahead at the end of the table, where the jorda bowl always is. Talking about this is making me miss friends, Eid and weddings altogether. Great.
Desserts by that one friend all our moms love
We all know at least one person who is loved by all our moms and secretly envied by all of us. In my case, that is one of closest friends who never misses the chance to make some delicious desserts for her loved ones. From tarts, snowballs, tiramisu to a classic gourmet cake, this girl can do it all. And because this is something a sweet tooth like me looks forward to every Eid, it is also something I will sincerely miss this year, among other things.
This is a classic example of our mothers taking food we like to spend money on, learning how to recreate it, and sometimes, doing a much better job at it. So how would fuchka not make the cut? Something my friends and I always look forward to is the homemade fuchka and tok that can be found in at least one of our homes every Eid. Although this street food has a reputation for being the reason we go home late after school or coaching classes, for me, this also turned into a homey snack I crave all year round.
Biscuit Cake Tiramisu
Ending the list with a dessert my mother has been making since I was in elementary school. This dish brings back memories not only from Eid hangouts with friends, but also from midnight baking sprees and coming home to a sweet treat because why. The funniest thing is that I'd think something as delicious as this would fade from memory, but it did. Luckily, many Eids ago my mother finally decided my friends also deserved to try out this magnificent dessert. I won't lie, these dishes along with the memories surrounding it make me miss friends and family the most this time of the year.
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