Eid day….

spent with friends and family….prayers out in the open in a nearby park….rides for the children and the not so young….back home for a breakfast full of homemade baking…gifts opening afterwards…and friends for a bbq soon after….a mad house full of laughter, good food, friends old and new, lots of reminiscing. my  oh my how much have the children grown….so nice to see them turning into very confident young men and women…and plenty of harmless matchmaking…have I every told you that I’m the group’s Mrs Bennet?….“Certainly, my dear, nobody said there were; but as to not meeting with many people in this neighbourhood, I believe there are few neighbourhoods larger. I know we dine with four-and-twenty families.” 

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The night before is always a very busy time at ours too….a banner to be made…baking and last minute present making…..oh so much fun…Alhamdulilah

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Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

 

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Eid preparations…

I think I have left it late enough…Every single year as far as I remember , my but does not get into gear until dh or someone else calls with the news that it is Eid. I swear , straight away I go into shock…as if I didn’t have a clue of Eid being right at the end of Ramadan…I and my eldest are the only ones going round the supermarket isles loading party foods and other items into a trolley after we have finished our iftar…baking in the middle of the night…presents wrapping just before waking them up on the day…I can’t help it, Im a lastminutedotcom kind of woman…bad but reality….

Anyways this year is slightly better…I have already bought all the food and delegated kitchen duties to my very good chinese friend. Not only does she love cooking but she produces the goods without a fuss…got to love the woman…

So food sorted…singaporean noodles, Malaysian ikan bilis with rice, bbq chicken wings, potato salad, prawn tempura and other bits and bobs…oh and no baking this year…waitrose has saved the day this time…read the following with a french accent…tart au chocolat, tart au citron, tarte des pommes ….and an ice cream or two..

Decorations sorted…almost…I mean I have bought a ready-made cardboard bunting…now  all I have to do is write ‘eid mubarak’ with a few colourful sharpies and add the decorations dd12 has been working on for a while now…( I can see myself doing it late tonight )

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So let’s see what else needs doing…wash sitting room curtains, clean sitting room as the ladies will be mainly there, tidy the garden as brothers  will be there rain or shine…clean downstairs toilet…

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OMG I wrote the previous before 3 , I had to stop to put baby to sleep and guess what? I fell asleep too…It is now 18:37!!! and I just got a text wishing me a happy Eid tomorrow…Lol….well what to do?…I better get into that kitchen and start on iftar…as tradition has it around here , tonight is raid the freezer and get rid of all leftovers, bit and bobs in the freezer and fridge night…so it will be something like a few samosas, a boured or two, some chips, fried eggs, a paratha….and everybody happy with the prospect of a slow leisurely breakfast in broad daylight tomorrow…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines