Tomorrow, Muslims worldwide will begin observing a three-day Islamic holiday known as Eid Al-Adha. For those unfamiliar with it, Eid Al-Adha is a time when Muslims commemorate the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son when he envisioned it as an act of obedience to God. According to the account in the Qur'an, at the last minute Abraham was ordered to sacrifice a ram instead. On Eid Al-Adha, then, Muslims also slaughter an animal such as a sheep, goat, cow (or even a camel), and give away a significant portion to charity.
Many dishes might be prepared with the extra meat on hand, but among the most popular are grilled brochettes, or kebabs. That's the way we'll be preparing some of the organ meat such as the liver and heart, which traditionally are cooked on the day of the slaughter.
Other cuts of meat are usually prepared on subsequent days. Leg of lamb brochettes, shown in the photo, is one example. Between the work of the home slaughter and all pf the food preparations, it's sure to be a busy time for our family. For all who celebrate, I wish you a blessed and happy eid!
Photo © Christine Benlafquih