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Here comes Eid; a celebration that entails a lot of family, guests, children, and of course the ubiquitous Eid trolley. However, if you are tired of serving the same old, kababs, sheer khurma and mithais, here’s an opportunity to revamp your trolley menu.

  • Cocktail sandwiches made with multigrain, sun-dried tomato or olive bread will add a twist to your trolley. Popular fillings include hunter beef with spicy green chutney, cream cheese and tomatoes, and cheese and cucumber with a dash of wasabi-mayonnaise.
  • Homemade savoury pastries make a great alternative to the pakoras and samosas. Pastry dough is easily available at most bakeries and supermarkets. Bake your own puff pastry filled with cheese, vegetables, deli meats or a combo of these fillings.
  • Chips n’ dip is an all time favourite snack food, so why not place it on your trolley? Serve nachos and salsa with jalapeños or cheese. Or consider a platter of bakery chips with a homemade sour cream and chives dip; this also tastes good with veggie sticks such as carrots, cucumbers and celery.
  • Baklava, the classic Middle Eastern sweetmeat, is a good substitute to the typical barfis and ladoos for dessert – something no Eid is complete without. Your dessert menu can also include mini cupcakes (which you can personalise), brownie bites, macarons and assorted bite-sized chocolates.

So get ready to roll out the trolley. Eid Mubarak!

— Sanniya Qureshi

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on August 28, 2011.