An intergenerational moment of solidarity across Europe [1]

URI The Netherlands in collaboration with URI Europe & Youth For Peace

[1] An idea of Safdar Zaidi


Loneliness is an unequally shared burden in Europe[2]. This project aims to combat loneliness caused by COVID-19. Cooking and eating is now an important activity. The focus is on the elderly to get them back into society. Their knowledge of recipes for religious heyday is collected and documented by young people from the various CCs from 12 countries in Europe. The media used for this are 1- 2 minute DigiTale and written stories in print, e-book, collected on a website.



Involve young people from the CCs by asking them to look for recipes for religious heyday.

For this they have to interview the elderly and record the knowledge about the recipes.

They can conduct the interviews by visiting and take photos of the steps of the preparation method.

The young people choose 1 recipe from the collected material, which they want to film.


Various webinars (7) are offered young people.

How to:

  1. conduct the interviews;
  2. find the relation between the religious heyday and t he dish;
  3. choose the best photos;
  4. reach a consensus with each other about which r ecipe should be made into a film;
  5. make the movie recordings;
  6. edit and upload the recordings to Youtube;
  7. transfer and process the other interviews into an article with a maximum of 500 words with the 5 best photos that will do j ustice to the dish.


Sheer khurma (literally: milk and dates), is a festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in Afghanisan, Indian subcontinent and parts of Central Asia. It is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast, and a dessert for celebrations. This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests. It is very popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia.

1.Milk, one liter
2.Condensed milk, half cup
3.Dry dates, 10 to 15 pieces
4.Almonds, 50 grams
5.Cashew nuts, 50 grams
6.Pistachio, 50 grams
7.Broken rice, 50 grams
8.Vermicelli, 100 grams
9.Butter, 50 grams
10.Cardamom, 15 pieces
12.Cloves, 4 pieces

1.Soak dry dates few hours before cooking.

2.Add half of dry dates in milk with crashed cardamom seeds,

broken rice and the other dry fruits.

3.Add half cup condensed milk in the mixture. Let it cook for 30

minutes .

4.Roast vermicelli for 10 minutes and adds it into the milk mixture

and let cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile warm the butter while

adding raisins, dry dates and cloves. Fry for 5 minutes.

5.Add the vermicelli mixture into the milk mixture, and sheer

khurma is ready to serve.

Sheer khurma

1-minute DigiTale

Condensed milk

Still from DigiTale Raisins

crushed cardamom seeds

Safdar & Giras

Recipe made by Safdar Zaidi (1968) & Giras Bowo (2000).

Instructions for participants

  • Find an elderly person in your family or neighbourhood.
  • Discuss with him /her about what kind of food is being served on religious heyday. For instance: what food is served on Eid-Ul- Fitre; Divali; Holi Phagwa; Christmas; Easter; Pentecost. (Whatever religion suits you).
  • Determine with the elderly what food they want to prepare.
  • Collect the recipe and describe it.
  • Help them to do the groceries fort he food preparations.
  • Ask their permission to make pictures and video of the cooking process. They have to sign an informed consent paper for that. It will be provided via URIE. (The draft will be soon available).
  • Film the cooking process and make pictures also.
  • Edit the film to an one-or two-minute DigiTale.
  • Upload it on YouTube.

  • Write an article about the heyday and the food (500 words).
  • Choose 5 of the best pictures to illustrate the article.

  • Send:
  1. the link of the YouTube film
  2. The article
  3. 5 pictures

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