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Post-Eid

September 7, 2012
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Hello again everyone! Eid (the celebration after 30 days of fasting) had come and will be going soon. There had been a lot of merry making and cleaning up. It had been fantastic, although I wish we had done a lot more visiting.

Here are some pictures to share.

20120907-105846.jpgLights Up in Geylang, Singapore

20120907-105916.jpgNew cushion covers

20120907-105929.jpgLast day of Ramadan

20120907-105942.jpgFestive Goodies in Tulip Jars (made those covers myself)

20120907-110003.jpgMy husband’s nephew in a Malay costume

20120907-110028.jpgAngry birds in my noodle soup

20120907-110127.jpgChocolate Chip cookies

You can imagine all the excess fat I lost during the fasting month is back on within a few days. And it continues to weekly. Gasp!

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18th of Ramadan

August 8, 2012
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I’ve finally bought fairy lights for the balcony at home! Now, I am in a festive mood as Eid is approaching. But still, we are going through the essence of Ramadan. I’ve been a lot busier these past 2 weeks, but am getting really excited. I even managed to bake cookies!

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6th of Ramadan

July 26, 2012
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When my Instagram is empty, that means I’m hanging my pots and pans up – for the day. Yes, so today we have decided to break our fast at my MIL’s.

It’s really blazing this afternoon, but that didn’t deter me from layering some clothes. And I usually don’t take picture of myself, but I can’t help it today. It may be the fasting month, and many would be in somber mood. But to smile is charity and one should try to be happy because we are celebrating such a special month! I think, or I hope to think, that my outfit today reflects how I feel.

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Georgette shawl in Salmon Pink (No brand)
Short-sleeved t-shirt in Neon Orange (Esprit)
Long-sleeves t-shirt in Navy (Zara)
Leopard-spotted harem pants (Zara)
Floral brooch in Royal Blue (Diva)

And here was what we had for break fast:

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Mee goreng (Fried Noodles, Malay style)
Nasi Bukhari
Fried Finger Food
Toasts

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And chilled lychee drinks! Woohoo!


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5th of Ramadan

July 25, 2012
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There is about 4 hours more to go before we can break our fast. But I’ve already finished cooking because I’ll be going for my tutoring duty (Maths, I’m a Maths tutor) after this. As planned, today is a fried-food-day (isn’t everyday?? Tsk.).

I intended to make some burgers, throw in some eggs and dollops of baked beans but realized that I don’t have any more eggs (all used up for my toffee brownies). So I made a tempura batter and lather up some crabsticks and prawns with it. These, with nuggets, hot dogs and soup, would be side dishes to the main course – the potato gratin!

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The only thing that is missing is a milkshake. Ahh, that’s an idea. πŸ˜‰


Make: Blueberry Longan Drink

July 24, 2012
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It’s a scorchingly hot day today and anyone who hasn’t gotten any drinks for the past few hours would buckle under it. Well, maybe not.

I should have done laundry but since I’ve no more of my favourite softener… I didn’t. (I know, excuses, excuses!)

As it is such a sunny day, I thought of making a thirst quencher for our break fast made up of a tin of longans, blueberry syrup and a few slices of lemon.

In a few hours in the fridge, and it will be really, really cool… Mmm… I can hardly wait!

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3rd of Ramadan

July 23, 2012
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It’s 6:04 am here as I speak. I usually do not say awake this early (I have not been since the past 1 year after leaving The Office). I stir up usually later, enough to prepare my husband for work. Ye God, you think a grown man can’t do things on his own? Nah, you’re probably right. But some like being coddled. I like to think mine does. Hehehe…

Anyway, my first post on Ramadan this year seemed feeble and superficial. I mean, what was I thinking?? Ramadan is just about food and its preparation? I had a good thought about it earlier this morning as I did some washing. I was looking at a pot of gravy with two nuggets of potato. I contemplated if I should throw away those potatoes – they had been 2 days old, re-heated to their cores 4 or 5 times – as well as the gravy and clean up the stove. In my situation, I think nothing of those potatoes; I was too full to eat the last two morsels for sahur and if I throw them away, that would cost me close to naught, probably 5 cents. You can’t buy anything for that amount of money nowadays. Not even a trip to the public washroom. I was filling up my waste basket anyway and on the prowl, looking for things to throw just because. I then recalled I had thrown away a plate of macaroni and half a cup of bubble tea (my living drug) last night because somebody (me) didn’t finish up her meal and left them to mature. Back to the potatoes; in some other part of the world, there are people who have no food or get none. What would they give for that two nuggets, I don’t know. I probably won’t want to know. So many people have no access to drinking water, draughts or floods prevent them from having more fruits than they can enjoy, high cost of living caused them to beg on the streets, bad (bad, bad !!!) governments cause poor standard of living, mayhems due to bombings and killings and the list goes on. I think it’s time to hold back and think of wasting none, or less. Afterall, this is what Ramadan is about. To empathize with those less fortunate – feel their hunger and thirst, appreciate the luxury around us, reflect on our actions and of course, our spiritual practices.

I’ve honestly wasted a ton of food, and I reckon, there might be more if I don’t finish up the leftovers in the fridge when I still can. If you have the same situation of me, I urge you to reflect the same. Even if you don’t celebrate or practice fasting in Ramadan.

I’m not going to post what I had for break fast yesterday. I think the thought of wasting consumed me that I feel quite upset now.

Ramadan Kareem (Have a generous Ramadan), God’s will!


1st Ramadan in Our Home

July 22, 2012
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Yesterday in Singapore, it was the first day of the Muslims’ fasting month, Ramadan. I was delighted that the first day fell on a Saturday. It was my husband and mine’s first day to perform fasting in our own house. It was such a big deal for myself, yet not so much for the husband. I begged him to let us eat at home (not outside, not at my MIL’s even). I had created a menu for this month so that I won’t panic and would know what to cook (I’m a planner…I don’t embrace uncertainties well). :/

As planned, I had cooked a sweet treat called agar-agar gudir (palm sugar and coconut jelly) and butter chicken, thinking that we could get some garlic & cheese naans (Indian bread) outside. The latter didn’t happen because we were in a rush to get my MIL a ceiling fan. So when we got back, the only bread that was available was the square sandwich bread. Since I still have a garlic sesame paste, I used this to spread on a few bread squares and popped them into the oven for a few minutes. I thought everything was going well until breaking fast came and my teeth got stuck in the bread. Uh huh… You guess it! The bread was too-unbelievably-hard. Husband looked at me and I him. So he suggested to soak them in the butter chicken gravy. Hahaha! We had some biryani rice, which we bought, while waiting for the bread to soak up.

So, the bottom line is…no matter how much one plans on doing things, sometimes by the law of averages (and God’s will), things won’t go quite as expected. Like how I’ve set the alarm at 5am for this whole month, yet only to be woken up 20 minutes later today by my husband because the alarm didn’t ring (I did not select the days for it to continue ringing). There was no time to cook – panic mode – but thankfully, we had some leftovers given by my MIL yesteray which I had time to re-heat before sahur (pre-dawn breakfast before a fast begins) was over.

Today, I don’t think I’ll be cooking a main meal as we’re thinking I crashing my MIL’s iftar (gathering to break the fast). I might, however, make some dessert again. I’ll let you know later. πŸ˜€

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Our breaking of fast meal at home

We had a little surprise later last night. My husband’s cousin’s wife, Beatrix, baked us this lovely Red Velvet Cake with a Madagascar theme, bless her! It was the most delicious without anything overpowering. πŸ™‚

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Cook: Kangkong Belacan

July 18, 2012
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I’ve 2 bunches of Kangkong (water morning glory) in my fridge that I bought maybe 2 weeks ago. Uh huh… Thank goodness they are not wilted; I would hate it if I have to dispose any food. I had been thinking of cooking them with belacan (shrimp paste) but never looked up the recipe, until today.

I googled and clicked on High Over Happy and tried her recipe, substituting yellow onion and lemon juice for shallots and lime juice respectively. I honestly did not bother to cut or pick the leaves nicely. I was darn hungry and had no patience to do that, so I cut the vegetables in 3 parts and throw away 3 inches of stems from the roots. Dump the cut Kangkong in the pan and let them simmer for 5 minutes. I think the whole process took me 20 minutes and when my rice was cooked, boy was I so happy to tuck into my late lunch.

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Bake: Sausage Baked Rice

June 30, 2012
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Hey folks! Hi again! It’s a wonderful morning here and I’ve just cooked a little something for breakfast.

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Le petit dΓ©jeuner!

I’ve tried this recipe twice now and it’s from a great cooking website HappyHomeBaking. The recipe is so simple and cooking time over the stove could be done under less than 30 mins (15-20 mins if you’ve already cooked the rice).

The first time ever, I had tried making the baked rice with shrimps. It was delicious but I feel it could be more wholesome if I had put in all the seafood I could think of…mussels, crabmeat/sticks, squids etc.

However, this morning, after standing in front of the fridge for 5 minutes, I decided on just having diced hot dogs to go into the baked rice. I know, it’s a pathetic decision but my husband loves process food, so why not? 😜

I’ve scaled down my recipe so that the rice would fit in the round aluminum pan. I had used grated Pizza cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar & Parmesan) from Perfect Italiano. Put some as the base and after pouring the rice mixture, pour loads on top. Yuh-ummmmms!

For your info, the grated cheese package looked like this:

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After baking for 10 mins in a 200 degC oven, I’ve a great looking and great tasting breakfast to last till lunch!

And I just have to serve coffee with it. β˜•

I don’t think the photo quality does justice to the food. Follow me on Instagram (@miss_orange13)!


Cook: Beef Bourguignon sans Alcohol

June 22, 2012
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I’ve decided to cook French cuisine today considering that I have an abundant amount of beef cubes. I’ve followed Ina Garten’s recipe (here), except I substituted red wine and Cognac with grape juice. And I added as much sugar as the amount of tomato paste put in, that is 2 tablespoons.

Instead of putting the pot in the oven for the remaining 1h 15mins, I slow-cooked the dish over the stove. And voila!

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Looks and tastes good to me!


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