The fasting month of Ramadhan was both meaningful and fun. Hubby and I had late nite/morning chats, fun sahurs (hubby even popped out to the nearest McD at 4 am!) and break fasts. I finally learnt to make my own chapattis, roti jalas, bandung and so on... It was really nice figuring out how to make special break fast dishes with hubby.
Apart from the usual Hari Raya cleaning and decorating, I also made my own hari raya goodies as well as cooked special Hari Raya dishes.
The Hari Raya cookies were from the lovely book that I had gotten sometime back - The Little Big Cookies Book. This bite-sized book is stuffed full with ideas that have been divided into easy to find sections, for eg. Chocolate Cookies, Dried Fruit Cookies, Butter Cookies and so on.
The cookies I chose were Cocoa Corn Flake Cookies; Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cookies;Prune, Raisin & Oat Cookies, and Almond Squares. I did, however, made several changes to the recipes to suit out personal tastes and availability (& cost) of ingredients.
Hari Raya eve was wonderful and tiring. As I wanted to us to spend the eve together, I decided to cook some special dishes so that morning my day started at 6.30 am! Butter chicken, beef bandami and fruit & nut pilaf were my choices for our Hari Raya meal. We had a lovely evening with lots of lights, laughter and food. We finally went to bed at 1 am.
The next day, after the Hari Raya prayers we had a good breakfast of cakes, lemon pancakes (special request from hubby) and cookies. We then went to my mum's place before going to visit my grandmother, my eldest uncle and my eldest cousin. Overall, this Hari Raya was fun, meaningful and memorable. May all our future Hari Rayas be as special!