So the long Hari Raya weekend has passed. Many are still on holiday for the whole week but for people like me, it’s back to work as usual. A good long weekend is always welcomed as it gives me a chance to do 2 very important things.
One is to cook up a storm and the other is of course, get the family members together at my place for a round of bonding and feasting. I don’t get to cook very often as most of my weekends are usually occupied with mundane errands and chores. The 2 days in a regular weekend zip by extremely fast.
As it was the Hari Raya weekend, I took the opportunity to dish up some festive dishes. Dishes which my family members would not usually get to eat, at home. My forte is spicy dishes. So, I went marketing and bought some fresh ingredients from the grocers and soon my kitchen was a hive of activity. In between chopping, slicing and blending ingredients, I took time to sip on some cold Marrakech Tea of course. As I was dry-frying the coconut shreds for my rendang over the stove – a task which took many minutes, the taste of the stunningly refreshing mint in the Marrakech Tea was a welcome respite.
Besides rendang, I also cooked up a huge pot of curry chicken. To go with the rendang, I bought some lemang from Kg Jawa and for the curry chicken, we had roti paratha, freshly fried in my kitchen. And with those, hey… we had an almost-Hari Raya “Open House” feast at home!
The best part of the meal was that I got to share my Marrakech Tea with my family members. And every one of them gave the thumbs up! Why? Simply because, after a few weeks of savouring it with various types of food, I think the best food to be paired with Marrakech Tea is hot and spicy dishes.
After eating some hot and spicy stuff, the refreshing minty flavour of the Marrakech Tea titillates the taste buds on the tongue in a way that’s immensely satisfying. Its cool soothing relief works well to counter the heat from the rendang and curry… and that makes everyone eat more! Which is just fine with me – I love having people enjoy my food.
After the meal, members of my family stayed back and chatted over endless cups of Marrakech Tea. My little NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Mini Me was kept very busy. They marvelled at how easy it is to make the tea using the nifty machine and everyone had fun operating it. I haven’t had such a nice bonding time with my family members for some time and I’m so glad we had this session last weekend.
As I sit at my table in my study room to write down this experience, I have my NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Mini Me right next to me. Yes, I have become very attached to it. It is now my constant companion on my work table, next to my laptop. As I work into the night, tapping on the keyboard endlessly rushing for numerous deadlines and when I find myself running out of ideas or words, somehow my hand reaches out automatically to flick the switch (yes, it’s really that easy!) for a cup of steaming hot Marrakech Tea.
My befuddled mind actually welcomes the familiar whirring of the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Mini Me in the quiet of the night. When the steamy minty vapours fill my mouth and nose, inhaling those fragrances of green tea and mint helps to clear the cobwebs somewhat and all is good in my writing mind again.
Thank you, Marrakech Tea, for the amazing boost and companionship.