I posted some Halloween cards off to relatives on Saturday, but still need to make my Halloween cake for work. I'm planning on making a mummy-head carrot cake this year, and bought a special nozzle so I could pipe the cream cheese icing into 'bandages'. I hope it works!
Today is the second day of Thadingyut, which Mr Robot and I mark.
It's a Burmese Buddhist festival, the festival of lights, and a time when people honour their elders and teachers. I'm not a Buddhist, and while I believe I have some Burmese ancestry it's very distant (1/16 at most), but we were in Maymyo/Pyin Oo Lwin, my granddad's home town, at Thadingyut a couple of years ago, and it left a lasting impression on us. I do sometimes wonder how much cultural stuff my granddad gave up when he moved to Britain, and how much of that was voluntary. Before he died he'd spend ages looking at a book of pictures of Burma my dad got him; I think he missed it. Eating Burmese food and lighting a candle is a good way to reconnect with what might otherwise be lost – and if you can't remember long-gone family members in the run-up to All Soul's Day, when can you?
|All these things go on the noodles, putting the Mmmm in Mandalay|
|As you can see, we used cutlery, being clumsy Westerners|