I gave my family a surprise and flew home for the Christmas break. Family is paramount at this time of the year and I managed to bond with my family and friends over food to make up for all the lost time.
1. Sunday roast for dinner with Adib, Mizah and Marcell followed by a thrilling football match between Man United and Liverpool. Mizah and I were feeling adventurous and decided to bake the Swedish Chocolate Cake and Christmas cookies. Adib was so excited to eat the cake but his hopes were completely dashed when he realized that Mizah and I forgot to add sugar into the mixture. I was depressed for a good 5 minutes over the cake before we decided to bake another batch and it turned out brilliant.
2. The first ANY (Alvin-Nabillah-Yong) gathering at Geraldine's house where we got together some friends for a Christmas party. Yong and I wanted to do a whole roast chicken from scratch but when we went NTUC, we saw the ready made roasted chicken and decided to get that instead. We made truffles and turned it into a hands on project for our guests.
3. This time round, I had so much home-cooked Malay food thanks to Mak and Uncle Jani and I can't be any happier. This was our Melayu version of Sunday roast.
Thumbing through my Christmas break album, I cannot help but feel overwhelming gratitude for the hosts and guests who helped make these gatherings a memorable experience for all of us.