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Ramadan. And other tales.

Ramadan

Ramadan, for Muslims, is the 9th month on the Islamic calendar and a very holy month. It’s a month of reflection, and one of practicing a lot of self-restraint. It lasts for 29 or 30 days; and we are expected to fast from sunrise to sunset on each of those days. But it goes beyond ‘starving’ yourself. It’s a month of spiritual cleansing and rejuvenation. It’s 30 days of repairing your relationship with God. It’s 30 days of performing your duties as a Muslim, and going above and beyond [ more prayer, charity, and acts of kindness]. It’s basically like a reset; from sinning back to holiness, with the hopes of retaining your new level of spirituality beyond the month of Ramadan. If you’re curious about the month of Ramadan, there’s more information here.

It’s now day 17 of 30, and I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by! Usually, we’re supposed to eat one meal before sunrise – here in Lagos, that’s usually before around 5:15am and then you can eat whatever you want again from 7pm up until 5:15am the next day. Because it’s hard for me to eat anything so early in the morning, I generally just have a handful of dates or an apple or a banana, and drink as much water as I can stomach without hurting myself in order to stay hydrated for the day. So, by the time I break my fast at 7pm, I don’t want to eat anything ordinary. I’ve therefore been exploring [and inventing] a lot of recipes this Ramadan, in order to make my one meal a day as exciting as possible. This pineapple fried rice I tried was the highlight so far. What inspired it? We got a lot of fruit baskets/Ramadan hampers at home, and ended up having a ton of pineapples. I started thinking up smoothie and food recipes I could use them in. Then I remembered Phuket [Thailand] and the amazing pineapple fried rice I had there a few times. I got on google, looked up recipes, and even though I didn’t have all the ingredients, I made do with whatever I had at home. And it wasn’t half bad. I actually enjoyed it. I skipped protein the first time, but when I reheated the leftovers two nights after, I added some spicy prawns into the mix. And it was even better!

Pineapple Fried Rice
Pineapple Fried Rice

I wanted to eat it in the pineapple LOL! However, I think the pineapple was way too small and therefore too full. After taking the picture and realizing it wasn’t very easy to eat it from the pineapple, I swiftly poured it in a plate and didn’t waste my time, lol!

IMG_8559Pineapple Fried Rice, Day 2

And I didn’t skip on a word for the month of June. My word for the month, as it coincided with the month of Ramadan, was “God”. To basically focus on my relationship with God as much as I can, to grow closer to Him, and to be better and more positive in every aspect of my life.
How has June been so far?

Ps. I set myself a crazy goal for the month of June. For both my businesses [Pretzels & The Maxi Shop] I set an almost impossible target. And somehow, it looks like I’m really close to the target. I don’t even know how. Because when I set it, it started as a joke. But then I started to keep records and check in weekly to see how far or close we were to the goal. And even though we might not hit 100%, I’m actually quite proud of myself because I’m going to achieve at least an 80% which seemed impossible at the beginning of the month. The importance of setting goals, eh?

D. xxx

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