Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

Another Eid spent away from Singapore. It was hard leading up to it. When my friends and family in Singapore were busy with Hari Raya preparations, I was doing nothing. I wasn’t even sure I was going to cook a big meal for it. I was feeling too low and lacked the energy.

But on the last morning of Ramadan, I threw all caution to the wind and rang up my close colleagues and invited them over for lunch the next day. I had not prepared a single thing so it was a mad dash to the shop and non-stop cooking till lunch the next day. I did manage to catch 6 hours sleep in between.

Homebaked Delights
As usual it was well worth the effort. The Florentine Biscuits I baked were a HUGE hit. You can watch the video on how to make it here or get yourself the November issue of Better Homes & Garden.

I also baked Marble Cake using this recipe. I omitted the icing and the fine breadcrumbs. I found that the colours did not swirl as much as I wanted and I think it’s because I used a ring tin. It was a little ackward to swirl around the tin. But nonetheless, it was moist and just sweet enough. I’ve forgotten how much I loved them growing up. No doubt I’ll be trying other marble cake recipes.

And for the very first time, I baked vegan cupcakes! Specifically, Vegan Lychee Cupcake from the ‘Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World’ cookbook. Richard loved how moist it turned out and the subtle lychee flavour but I couldn’t stand the flaxseed smell. I think it just needs some getting used to but I’m willing to give another go at making vegan cupcakes.

Rosemary, Sue and Rae
Me, Lynne (Mum-in-Law), Linda & Olly
And I also cooked a proper lunch meal of lemon rice, tandoori chicken, satay chicken and sayur lodeh. I didn’t take any photos of the lunch this year. I was too hungry and forgot! I will make the lemon rice again and post the recipe. It was also published in the Berita Harian together with the tandoori chicken recipe. But it needs a little modification before I post it.

PLUS, I made ice cream for the first time -Roasted Coconut Ice Cream! The recipe is from ‘The Cooking of Malaysia & Singapore’ cookbook. Again, I didn’t take any photos. Sorry! Anyway, the ice cream was not as creamy as I hoped. I think I made an error while cooking it. My colleagues loved it though and was very appreciative of all my efforts.

I had a really good day with them all. It was much better than last year’s Eid celebrations. I felt they understood the importance of it to me as they saw me fast for a month in school. And they’ve asked a lot of questions to better understand my religious beliefs and they were not judgemental towards me. It is hard for non-Muslims to understand why we fast and celebrate Aidilfitri. But I’m glad they got to share the entire experience with me this year. Alhamdulillah.


11 Responses to “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!”

  1. MelB says:

    Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!!! Ohh it must be really hard for you to be away, but it looks like you cooked up a storm to make up for it! Its holiday time here for a week , and even though I dont celebrate it, I just love visiting friends houses to eat all the ketupat and lemang etc!

  2. Salihan says:

    Thanks Mel! Happy feasting and enjoy the holidays! 🙂

  3. Sandra says:

    I can understand what you go thru. I went thru the same thing in the beginning too. But you know what I told myself, that I am pioneer in a new country and I am the matriach of this family and I have to start some thing some time.
    I am so glad you did do something to feast. Good on ye. Next yr it get better, believe me.
    ohhh, yr food looks absolutely delicious, wish I was there. For marble cake, you can take a knife and run thru the batter to create the swirl effect.
    Take good care of yourself.

  4. Salihan says:

    Thanks for your words of wisdom, Sandra. It’s always so good to hear others who have gone through the same experience as me. Moving to a foreign country has definitely matured me. Insya-allah, it will keep getting easier. 🙂 Take good care of yourself too!

  5. Erna says:

    I felt the same way you felt too. I was feeling so depressed that on Raya morning, I dashed to the shops to get ingredients. I invited some people over for dinner and I cooked Lamb Beriani for everyone. Sam had to work on that day but we did have our own mini Raya celebration of our own (with baju raya and sparklers!) and we’ll have another one next week when my in-laws get back from their holidays. I guess this is part and parcel of living away from family and friends.

    Selamat Hari Raya to you and Richard. Thank You for being a great company online. It has been really great having you as an online buddy!

  6. Salihan says:

    Selamat Hari Raya to you too, Erna! I’m glad we both pushed through our sadness and celebrated it our own way. It’s so good to have found each other through the internet. We share so many similar situations!

    Enjoy the rest of the long weekend! We’ve been busy painting the bedroom. 🙂

  7. Sandra says:

    Also, I wanted to say that I had a good model of a once-upon-a-time foreigner who had to travel by ship to reach singapore, my mom. She had no one too but she made it just fine. If you look back, many mothers and grandmothers or even great grand mothers came from foreign countries to singapore. They came from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China, Arabian countries, Pakistan to start a new life in singapore. They pulled thru all those difficult times and made it real good for the future generations. Most of them didn’t even speak english to each other, but they made it. So can we.
    You, me and many others who have made a move to another country (like our mothers or grandmothers) are going to be just fine in the future. We are going to be OK.
    Next year, this time, I will try and remind you to start on your preparations earlier ok. If you don’t mind that is.
    Take care,

  8. Salihan says:

    Oh I wouldn’t mind at all if you reminded me. I do remember the strong women in my life, including my mum and how she perservered through adversity to stand up for what she believed in. I remind myself that it’s all part of being a real woman and a wife. It’s good to know we are going to be ok. 🙂

  9. Norpipah says:

    Remember when I wrote to you about flying high when your wings are strong? And that when the time comes you would soar and where you land you will be already so strong that you can survive? You have done just that, and God willing, life will be good, wherever you are.


  10. Salihan says:

    It’s so good to hear that you think that I’m strong enough to make it anywhere. That’s a huge compliment and definitely a self-efficacy booster. Thank you so much, Umi!

  11. Michelle says:

    Did you say Roasted Coconut Ice Cream?!?!?!

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