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He fasts but does not pray

July 23, 2012
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This is a good reminder to every Muslim.

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Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, rahimahu Allah, replied:

The fasting of one who abandons prayer is incorrect and is not accepted. This is because the one who abandons prayer is a disbeliever and apostate based on the verse, ‘But if they repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, then they are your brothers in religion’ [9:11] and the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him), ‘Verily, between a person and shirk and kufr is the abandonment of the prayer’ [Muslim, 82] and ‘The covenant that distinguishes between us and them is the prayer, and whoever neglects it has disbelieved.’ [Al-Tirmidhi, 2621].

And because this is the saying [belief] of the majority of the Sahabah, if not a consensus amongst them. Abdullah bin Shaqiq, one of the foremost tabi’een (pious predecessors), said: ‘The companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not consider the leaving of any action as disbelief except for prayer”. Based…

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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. 😀

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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. 🙂

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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 déjeuner!

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. ☕

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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Cook: Caramelized Pears

May 20, 2012
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The husband is unwell today and after cooking some hearty chicken soup, I decided to make some caramel pears for a healthier version of the dessert.

Ingredients

2 pears, pitted and cut in 4s
2 tablespoons of margarine or butter
5 tablespoons of brown sugar
Some soda (like 2 dashes)
A pinch of salt

1. Melt the butter/margarine in the saucepan.

2. Sprinkle salt and add the pears, making the fleshes touch the pan.

3. Drizzle the brown sugar over the pear quarters. Close the lid and let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes.

4. Turn over the pears so that the other sides could be caramelized and leave for about 5 minutes. Serve hot with ice-cream and crushed peanuts or cookies!


Bake: Caramel Cupcakes and Fairycakes

May 10, 2012
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I am not working today and have been up since dawn. Yawn! But after watching Megan and Liz’s Valentine Cupcake video, I was inspired to make some myself. Of course, unlike them, I started from scratch. Nuh uh.. No Betty Crocker for me, no matter how many people swear by her!

I browsed through AllRecipe app (it’s God-sent!) and settled for this vanilla cupcake recipe (which I altered to make mine caramel).

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Ingredients (Copied from AllRecipe):

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
5 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
2/3 cup milk
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

I followed this recipe closely except twisted 3 items from the ingredient list; I used brown sugar instead of white (hence, granulated) sugar, evaporated milk instead of milk and cracked 3 eggs as opposed to using 2 eggs and a yolk. I did as follows:

1. Preheat an oven to 180 deg C. Set aside about 50 small cupcake casings and 6 large ones.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.

3. Heat the butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter has melted.

4. Beat the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until it thickens slightly and becomes dark in colour.

5. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Slowly pour in the hot milk, beating until just combined.

6. Divide batter evenly between cupcake casings. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 15 minutes for the small cakes and 20 minutes for the large ones.

7. Cool them on the cooling rack and they are ready to be eaten.

Alternatively, you can frost the fairycakes and cupcakes like I did. I made use of Cake Mate icing tubes to decorate the cakes. I prefer this make for its buttery flavour to Wilton’s grainy icings. Two tubes are needed eventually. And they are really, really sweet!

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Tell me how it goes for you!


One day

April 14, 2012
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As you all must know by now, my favourite book is I Love Capri, written by Belinda Jones. Her stories are based on her travels especially to exotic places like Italy and Coasta Rica.

If given a chance (or making one myself), I’d love to visit the following places, which I heard and read so much about.

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20120414-164511.jpgLake Como (where George Clooney lives!)

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God’s wiling that we will get to visit these beautiful marinas one day. 😊


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Make: Buttercup, Fuchsia and Brown Card

March 16, 2012
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Sorry everyone for I’ve been long gone. Not gone anywhere but gone busying with life. Hahaha!

Today, I’m just going to show you all a scrapbook card made for a friend. Not telling who until the days comes for the person to open it up!

My resources are:
American Crafts papers
My Mind’s Eye – On The Bright Sight Cardstock papers
Spotlight buttons
Creation Stations lace ribbon
Tombo Pit Tape U
Martha Stewart glue pen
And scraps from previous crafts

I used Tombo tape for all paper-paper sticking and ribbon/lace-paper sticking, and MS glue pen for the buttons-paper. However, at times when the buttons are too heavy on the paper and do not stick, I rely on the Tombo tape instead. However, both stickig products are good pals for scrapbooking. I’m sticking to them (pun intended, haha!).

If you have chipboard letterings and shapes, you can stick them to decorate the front and insides of the card. You must be wondering why there are 6 rectangles inside. Well, when we do celebrations here, I’d like to take pictures using Fujifilm Instax Camera which print on smallers version of the Polaroid films. So the rectangular space is perfect to become borders to the films when we stick within the rectangles.

Hope you enjoy looking at these!

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