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Suhoor (meal before sunrise):
It was porridge for me again. Rice is too complicated a meal to have so early; the portion of rice and curry is a bit annoying when I don’t know how much curry I’m allowed to have (in case there isn’t enough or it’s left for someone in particular). Plus, I have this thing were if the food isn’t tasty enough or sweet, I won’t feel full and that will bother me for the rest of the day. So my porridge is one that has a hint of syrup in it to give it flavour 😀
It shouldn’t be a surprise as to why this year’s iftaar (meal at sunset) isn’t as interesting anymore because this Ramadan we have less people in the house. 4 to be exact. So this means we’re more relaxed about what to prepare and just going about iftaar like it were any other meal.
Which is how it should be. Even though people see the Muslims fill their trolleys with ready made samosas, parata, potato, ghee and other junk, Ramadan is meant to be anything but a feast. A humble meal is sufficient.
After Day 1 I thought ‘Yeah this is good. Less people, more quiet, less complaining, healthier food…‘ etc etc. But there was one argument over something I didn’t think would happen. Not with the people present at the table…
Mum: Why did you cut apple?
Me: It’s just one apple! How hard is it to eat one apple amongst 4 people?!
Mum: It’s not. But you also cut 3 large mangoes…
Me: So the apple was too much? One apple?
Mum: Everyone went for the mangoes and has no room for anything else
Me: You mean the boring fruit was shunned. So why did you ask me to cut the pear?
Mum: [giggles] I didn’t think this would happen. I saw you cutting the apple and thought adding the pear wouldn’t make a diference
Me: [gives her the look]
In the end I had to finish the apple and pear…