Ten more days to Ramadan! I am sooo excited! The month I have been waiting for, the most beautiful thirty days in the year according to me. 🙂 Ramadan is always family time for me. I believe it is the same for a lot of other Muslim families too. Somehow during Ramadan, everyone seems to be around the house and having our meals together.
I am not the biggest fan of spring cleaning. I mean I do it, only because I should be doing it not because I love doing it. A few weeks before Ramadan, I would gladly start spring clearing. From the pantry to the closets and the store-room too, I would do it all, without a complain. Yes the arrival of Ramadan is greatly anticipated. I am about 80% done with spring cleaning. Good job I have to say *Pats my back* That was a deserving pat people. I worked really hard and since Mom has been quite ill, I took everything upon me. There is always a customary post that I have been writing prior to Ramadan it seems. I mean, check out the last year’s post.
I am looking forward to try new cookies for Eid this weekend. Coincidentally, Charting Today (the company I am working for) would be on a holiday for two weeks which would leave me pretty much free for the half of Ramadan. What a lovely coincidence!! I would still be working a bit,
but the boss would not be around to check on me. *happy dance* Yes, the boss reads my blog but he’s wearing specs and most probably he can’t see past the under-strike words.
During Ramadan, almost everyone in the family would come back from work with some kinda snack. Be it a puff pastry or some desserts from a near by cake shop. At times, food are in abundance as you can’t really consume that much during Ramadan. Furthermore, you only have a couple of hours to eat before bedtime. Unless you decide not to sleep, then you can eat your hearts out. Obviously that would defeat the purpose of fasting.
I guess, when you are hungry, you do end up buying anything that looks good. Although we can rarely finish the food, yet when it comes to drinks, we can NEVER get enough. Drinks of different flavors and colors are very popular during Ramadan. My brothers and me are fans of these kinda drinks! My mom always said that during Ramadan, me and my brothers are just like empty barrels waiting to be filled with drinks! :p
Since Ramadan is fast approaching, I have started experimenting with different types of smoothies and mocktails like this Avocado Smoothie. Yesterday, I made a delicious mocktail with watermelon, lychee and ice cream soda. The Watermelon and Lychee Mocktail was a refreshing perk-me-up drink and with the lychee bits, it was delicious! This is a good thirst quencher specially on hot days like these. If you prefer it without the ice cream soda, feel free to omit it.
Is it just me or do mocktails and summer just go hand in hand?? If you are enjoying hot summers now, make a pitcher of this Watermelon and Lychee Mocktail and take it out by the pool. It is the thing to do, really.
- 2 cups watermelon - cut in chunks
- 1 can of lychee in syrup (use the syrup too)
- 1 lt ice cream soda
- 1 cup ice
- Pieces of watermelon and lychee for garnishing
- Place all the ingredients (except the garnish) into a blender and blend until thoroughly smooth.
- Serve immediately with the garnish.