Eid Mubarak to all customers, friends and colleagues from everyone here at KQF

July 17, 2015 at 9:43 am

Eid wishes

This week around the world, we will join 1.8 billion Muslims celebrating the Islamic festival of Eid ul Fitr. Marking the completion of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, it is a day of great joy and new beginnings. After Ramadan’s physical and spiritual challenges, Eid heralds a bright future bursting with hope and potential.

The festival is now upon us and with it comes a time to enjoy the company of family and friends – often accompanied by a celebratory meal.

Though all Muslims recognise this as a very special time of year and most mark it with a hearty family meal, preferred dishes vary by country and region. For example, families originating from Pakistan might opt for rice with meat, naan and curry, together with samosas, rolls and kebabs. Roast chicken is also very popular (after all, when isn’t it?) and the same can be said of chicken drumsticks and sweet Asian dishes like ras malai.

Whilst some of these may also be enjoyed by families with Indian origins, alternative national favourites include biryani, tandoori chicken and meat karahi. For dessert, homemade sweets, cakes and biscuits often appear on the table.

Variety, they say, is the spice of life and so, regardless of their ethnicity, most Muslims will tend to mix and match their ingredients, choosing chicken as the principal ingredient in one dish and then lamb or beef as the basis for another.

Every family has its cherished recipes for special occasions and, at a time such as this, we’d never presume to offer our own suggestions as an alternative. We’re sure you all have plans and favourite dishes that you’re looking forward to so, instead, we’ve kept ourselves busy by planning our EID sale in a way that we hope makes life easier for everyone.

All the major ingredients for home-cooked celebratory meals – tikka-cut chicken breast, diced lamb, beef cubes and many other fresh halal meat cuts – are included in our seasonal sale, and there are savings, too, on a range of convenience foods. Samosas, kebabs, polonies and burgers are just some of the many foods on special offer. The EID sale runs until 25th July 2015.

If you have a particular favourite dish for Eid al-Fitr, or if there’s an important ingredient that you’d like us to include in next year’s Ramadan sale, please do get in touch. We really welcome your feedback and we’ll always do our best to provide the foods that are of most value to you.

At this very special time, KQF wishes you a blessed and prosperous Eid, filled with brightness and joy in the coming days.

From all the team at KQF, Eid Mubarak!

Tasty seasonal party foods for Eid celebration

July 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

buffet-315691_1280With Eid fast approaching, we thought we’d offer some tips and suggestions for some tasty seasonal party foods.

If you’re having friends and family round for the evening, the last thing you’ll want to do will be to spend the whole time in the kitchen. Parties mean people – so what’s the best way of making sure you get to spend the maximum possible time with them?

Planning is important.  Not everyone will arrive at the same time but you can heat up the oven in advance and prepare a small quantity of hot nibbles to welcome your first guests. Chicken sticks or nuggets, cocktail sausages and similar fun-sized bites are ideal because they can be placed in a bowl – with cocktail sticks for easy picking – alongside dips and cold snacks such as nuts, crisps and crudités.  You can also prepare a small quantity of samosas and rolls, of course. Leave the oven on and prepare additional batches as you go along. This means latecomers can still be greeted with something warm and tasty.

The oven is your friend on a night like this because, provided you keep a watchful eye on the timings, it can get on with most of the hard work whilst you mingle and entertain. (That’s the planning again.) In addition to the initial snacks, you can also use it to prepare more substantial items such as pizzas, ready cooked kebabs, marinated meats and pies.

A mix of hot and cold foods will help to keep your workload down. Cold sliced meats, together with halal cheeses and a nice mixed salad can all be prepared in advance and then left in the fridge until the appropriate time. Breads are another key element that can be heated in the oven and they can provide at least some of the filler without demanding a lot of your time.

Of course being Eid, to all this you might well want to add a few signature touches of your own – a curry or a special rice dish, for example – but by keeping everything else simple and low maintenance, you’ll have more time to concentrate on making it a really striking centrepiece. KQF Chicken cut curry pieces can easily be used in dishes such as curries, stews and layered biryani dishes.

If Beef is on your menu, try KQF Minced Beef which is lean, flavoursome and exceptionally versatile. Seasoned and shaped, it makes excellent beef kofta, but it can also be used to make wonderful savoury fillings or used in traditional minced beef curries.

Or if you prefer a Lamb dish on Eid, KQF Lamb Curry Mix Meat would be ideal. It is cut into handy, bite-sized pieces that are ideal for curries and other family favourites.

Last but not least, no celebration is complete without a sweet dish. For kids, preparing homemade biscuits and cakes would be the most popular item. Traditional sweet dishes are a great hit. So why not rustle up with Barfi, Gulab Jamun (a ball shaped milk based dessert immersed in a sugar syrup), and ras malai (dish prepared with milk). They are all time favourites and will keep everyone happy.

We wish you and your family a happy Eid in advance and wish you every success.