During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are discouraged to engage in any form of social media [unless you are spreading the word of Islam]. With all the social media we have nowadays, I must say that I could not stay away from them at all.
First week of Ramadan went very well. I have not spent much time on any social media except after breaking the fast. Though, I must admit that WordPress is open when I am at work. I have read your wonderful comments, but have not replied everyone because I know what will happen – I will stay blogging during the fasting hours and that is not good [for me]. After breaking the fast, my body is tired and all I ever want is to sleep.
One of the difficult things I encounter during Ramadan is the leftovers. For the first two days, we tried to finish the doughnuts and pizza we had over the last weekend. Gladly, I have managed to cook two dishes – the one that we call ‘Bulanglang’ and a veggie soup which I imitated from my Mom.
This veggie soup includes broiled tuna fish head, ginger-white part spring onion-chili mixture and coconut milk… and of course salt and spices. I made this ahead of time so I would not wake up that early [to cook] for the pre-dawn meal. I also made Egg Sandwich Spread [twice] and Chiffon Cupcakes. Salads, smoothies, fruits, chocolate custard, chips, marshmallows and lots of boiled eggs were also served. (If you follow me on Instagram, you’d probably know what I prepare.)
Also, during Ramadan, it is not advisable to watch movies, listen to the music or anything that are not useful [as what others label them]. It sounds boring, I know. I thought no funny moments would take place. It seemed that, despite of the sadness I felt on June 30, I still made somebody laugh. What’s with June 30, you ask? It was my Mom’s 4th year death anniversary. During that day, I always feel empty. Anyway, let’s go to the funny moment:
I was in the kitchen doing the dishes and my friend came to me, asking me if I wanted a smoothie.
B: Do you want a smoothie?
B: Do you want me to slice Mangoes?
Then my tears fell down. She hugged me and I cried and cried.
B: Calm down. Please don’t cry.
Me: Can you please give me the salad?
Getting the blender ready, I put one banana, peach and mango fruit yogurt, ice cubes and milk… waiting for my friend to hand me the remaining salad. She came back with the salad. I washed the lettuce and cucumber.
B: You can put those here. (She thought I am going to throw it.)
Me: No. I will put these inside the blender – with the banana, yogurt, ice and milk. You know, this is good – when you cannot finish the salad, wash them and throw them into the blender. (I was not smiling.)
B: Are you sure with what you are doing?
Me: Yes. (Drinking the smoothie)
B: How was it?
Me: (Making a face) Um, I don’t know. It’s like bitter and sweet.
Then we laughed.
The same thing happened two days back: watermelon, strawberries + cucumber and tomatoes from the salad I made. 😀 So, a piece of advice, if you cannot finish the salad and you don’t want to keep them anymore, wash and blend. 😛
And since I cannot mingle with you today, I will leave you something so heavenly.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 tbsp butter, unsalted, melted
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cookie butter
- 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour. Add in chocolate chips. Set aside.
- In another bowl, mix melted butter and brown sugar.
- Add in egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add in cookie butter and mix again.
- Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Batter will be thick, but do not overmix.
- Transfer the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Let the blondies cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before cutting.
‘Did I just go to heaven?’ These were the words that came out from my mouth when these were being baked. I was very eager to take them out from the oven. Ugh!
These were so, so good with the cookie butter. Bad luck I didn’t have white chocolate chips during the time I made these. Well, I bought one; so I would probably make these again.
I hope you enjoy these. 😀
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Enjoy the weekend and enjoy the party!!
Yay! SARAH & JOSETTE MADE THESE.