Have you ever experienced a situation where you have to make a difficult choice?
In my country we have a saying ‘bagaikan makan buah simalakama’ - when translated literally = as if eating simalakama fruit. The real meaning is similar to Catch 22 – a situation where no matter what choice you make, something bad is going to happen or a no-win situation where all the possible solutions have a terrible or undesirable outcome.
So far I have never seen the so called simalakama fruit and I was not really sure if there is such a fruit or it was just an imaginary fruit used in a proverb……
until I checked with Mr. Google…….
Ah it’s the last day of October …..
Since I started my blog in 2009, I always post something in October because my blog was born on 1st October and I was born on 31st October…….
This year I did not post anything on 1st of October
So I guess I have to write something today …..
Well it’s October…which can only mean one thing – Pumpkin is taking the seat of Ingredient of the Month
Let’s start by asking question: is a pumpkin a fruit or vegetable?
The pumpkin is a member of the squash family, and, though it is treated like a vegetable, it is technically a fruit. The reason a pumpkin is a fruit is because it grows on a vine and contains seeds.
Experiencing the diverse tastes of fruit and vegetables everyday, knowing which is which might be taken for granted. However, there is much confusion about these terms. Furthermore, many true fruits are often regarded to be vegetables and vice versa.
So, what is the difference between a fruit and a vegetable?
This week Muslim around the world began this year’s observance of the Ramadan fasting season, obligatory for all adult and physically fit believers and regarded as one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith.This holy month is celebrated all over the world with great enthusiasm and joy.
In my country, one of the most populous Muslim countries in the World, Ramadan has become the most celebrated and awaited month of the year. When Ramadan approaches, Indonesia suddenly turns into a state of festivity.
The faithful who fast wake up early in the morning to have a meal before dawn (sahur). In order to awaken the faithful, the call to prayer is sounded from neighborhood mosques. In addition, groups of young boys walk around neighborhoods beating on drums and other noise makers to awaken the faithful (and their neighbors) yelling out “sahur, sahur.
The breaking of the fast at sunset is a very social occasion for which special foods are prepared for gatherings with family or friends. Upon hearing the sound of the bedug drum on the television or the call to prayer from the neighborhood mosque at sunset, the faithful know it’s time to break their fast, or buka puasa. This is usually done with a sweet drinks and sweet foods.
One of the popular sweet foods is date or known as “kurma’ in my country. It is considered as ‘Holy Fruit’.
Why dates in Ramadan?
In the past few weeks various events have entertained Jakarta’s residents, from traditional and pop shows to great discounts offered by nearly all major shopping centers as the capital celebrated its 486th anniversary, which fell on Saturday 22 June 2013.
Somewhat similar to the 2013 New Year celebration, the anniversary celebration peaked on 22 June evening, when Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and other city government officials threw a great dinner party for the people at the National Monument (Monas) park and its surrounding areas.
Car-free night along Jalan M.H. Thamrin and Jalan Sudirman was organized during the celebration of Jakarta’s 486th anniversary on 22 June evening.
Visitors, including many from the outskirts, thronged to temporary stages on the square and near the traffic circle to enjoy music and or just sit and relax, chatting in groups or taking photographs on streets sterilized of cars and motorcycles since the afternoon.
The celebration was marked with the cutting ceremony of a giant tumpeng (cone-shaped rice) in front of City Hall on Jl Merdeka Selatan, led by the Jakarta Governor.
The big party did not stop there. During the Jakarta Night Festival, eight large stages has lighted up the evening for all residents of the Big Durian and anyone who wished to experience the merriment of the city’s birthday.
A total of 14 Jakarta malls held one-off late-night sales on that weekend to mark the city’s anniversary and to boost the profile of its retail trail.
A celebration would not be complete without food…….
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In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May and this year will fall on 12 May.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April or May, as a day to honor mothers and motherhood.
In most countries Mother’s Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it evolved in the United States. When adopted by other countries and cultures it was given different meanings, associated to different religious, historical and legendary events, and celebrated on different dates.
In my country (Indonesia), we celebrate Mother’s Day, known as Hari Ibu, on December 22nd.
Why December 22nd ?
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I don’t remember exactly when did it start….. suddenly cupcakes have taken on a whole new persona in Jakarta, the city where I live.
Yes, recently cupcakes have become the hottest trend for everything from birthdays to weddings.
Why Cupcake Culture?
Whenever the month of February comes, the theme of many activities must be the theme of LOVE as many people celebrate Valentine’s Day on 14 February.
In the city where I live, Jakarta, cafes and restaurants are gearing up for this year’s Valentine’s Day, with many set to offer special menus and fun-filled programs.
Despite recent floods in several parts of Jakarta, cafes and restaurants are fully committed to providing their best services for their customers wishing to celebrate this LOVE event.
As love is the central theme of Valentine’s Day, decorations, entertainment, events, food and drinks will all reflect this theme.
When choosing the title of this post, I was inspired by Mr. Shakespeare’s famous words ‘If music be the food of love…..’ but twisted it a bit to……………
If Food be the Music of Love…………. then let’s keep on cooking for our loved ones…..as we all know that good food is one sure-fire way to win somebody’s heart and one way to express our love…..