If you’re a resident of the UAE, the National Day is one of the highlights of the year. It’s definitely one of our favorite holidays in the Nomsville family. While all the other events and festivals are usually based on culture or religion, 2nd December is one holiday that the entire UAE population, be it expat or a local, celebrates with unbridled enthusiasm and surprising patriotism.
It is a testament to the amazing job the country has done in inspiring such patriotism in its people, that we have seen a lot of expats who’ve lived in the UAE for a few years to proclaim themselves as ‘Dubaian’, or whichever emirate-ian they happen to be.
So while you scourge the markets for National day decorations for your outfits and homes and cars, we want to help you celebrate in the best way we know: with food.
With National Day themed cakes & chocolates in abundance, we wanted to help you get inspiration from things you probably already have in your kitchen, and can easily make yourselves, or have the whole family join in on the fun!
Stir-Fried Aubergine Salad Cups
Colorful Yogurt Based Dips & Dressings
Red Pepper & Chilli Yogurt Dip – Blend 1 cup of yogurt with 70g of red peppers and 1 tbsp of your favorite chilli sauce (we used Heinz Chilli Garlic sauce). Serve chilled.
Mint & Yogurt Dip – Blend 1 handful (about half a bunch) of fresh mint leaves with 1 cup yogurt and a tsp of salt. Serve chilled.
Feta & Yogurt Dip – Coarsely chop about 40g of feta cheese and whisk by hand into 1 cup of yogurt. Serve chilled.
Olive & Pepper Dip – Blend 30g of olives with 1 cup of yogurt and 1 tsp. of crushed black pepper. Serve chilled.