Misbah with her Kofta Biriyani dish

To celebrate Eid ul-Adha, one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar, local cookery expert Misbah Mehmood is inviting everyone to a free Zoom cook-along.

The Kempston mother-of-three is running the online interactive cookery session on Saturday 17 July, at 6pm. Misbah will be making a Kofta Biriyani which you can cook-along to, with the list of ingredients available on her Eventbrite page, to make a feast ready for the festival

Eid ul-Adha, the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, will this year be celebrated on 19 to 21 July. In the Islamic lunar calendar Eid al-Adha falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah.

It honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God’s command. But before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, Allah provided a lamb to sacrifice instead.

Muslims across the world take part in the festival and in some countries they sacrifice a sheep or goat. One third of the meat is consumed by the family, while the rest is distributed to the community and those in need.

Sweets and gifts are also given to extended family and friends.

Misbah started up her own cooking company called Foodbreak in 2019, where she offers cookery lessons from one-to-one, to group activities.

She also runs food-based well-being classes focusing on healthy eating, meal planning and portion control.

During lockdown she opened up her workshops online and also branched out into offering children’s cooking sessions, which have proved very popular. Misbah said:

“Cooking is my art and my passion, which helps me to unwind and has got me through lockdown. My inspiration is my mum. She brought the tastes of Punjab to our kitchen and I have learnt generations of recipes from her. I like to put a new twist to old classics and ensure they are healthy, but the heart of the dishes remain true to the basics – home cooked and from the soul.

“I love sharing my knowledge and skills with others through Foodbreak workshops whether we are making classic recipes or feasting on street food. I wanted to do something special this year to celebrate Eid ul-Adha and get the local community together online, in a safe way with Covid restrictions still in place, all cooking together to prepare a feast for their friends and family.

“I am so pleased I managed to keep the workshops going throughout lockdown and diversifying online has helped my business to grow. In the future I hope to be able to run some cookery workshops in local schools, to teach children a love of cooking, new skills and introduce them to new dishes, where they can also learn about the importance of healthy eating.”

To book onto the Eid ul-Adha cook-along visit Celebrate Eid with us

Misbahs Kofta Biriyani dish