• Payal Maharaj

Five Sweets for your Sweetie!

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope that you get to spend this day with all your special loved ones. It is indeed a day that is special and makes you feel all the warm and fuzzy feelings. Happy heart.


We did not celebrate Valentine's Day growing up. Neither did I pay too much attention to it or the idea of love. Mum also did not emphasize those things for my sister and I. We were focused more on school and getting on a career path. This is pretty common in my culture. Getting educated is extremely important. For the most part, it was seen as the only way to a better life. In fact, many times, parents would often tell their children that they would be married off to farmers if they did not do well in school. Which sounds very offensive in retrospect. But to be honest, being a farmer in Fiji, in the time period I grew up, was not associated with a posh life. It was and still is to my knowledge associated with a hard life. Most farmers I knew, did not have huge ranches and ranch-style homes. They were generally not well-off and their livelihoods revolved around how well their sugar cane crop grew that year or how much money they could get for it. Because of our colonial history of being indentured laborers, being a sugarcane farmer was the way of life. It was a hard way of life. Almost every Indian person in Fiji can trace their family back to a sugarcane farm. So people tried to educate their children so that they would not have to live in the same way. While we did not grow up on a farm, my sister and I were always very focused on getting educated and having careers. We did not have time for love or looking for love. Lol.

Funnily enough, love has a way of making its way into your life whether you are looking for it or not. I had a similar fate. I met my husband while I was busy focusing on my career. The universe made sure that we met in the most interesting of ways. Love makes you stop and wonder and rethink all your life decisions and goals. We did the same. After dating for three years, we finally tied the knot in a small ceremony. Our big wedding has been postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic. Not sure when that will happen. We will see. BUUT, I am blessed that I am surrounded by people who love me and care for me. I am very blessed. Who needs two hundred gifts...I mean guests, anyways, right? Hehehe.


For today's post, I am including a list of some of the favorite sweets we make. Maybe you can make some of these for the sweetie and loved ones in your in your life ;D


Mum's Easy Banana Gulgullas
















Mum's Classic Sooji Laddoos
















Mum's Classic Lakdi Mithai
















Mum's Classic Gulab Jamun
















Mum's Favorite Barfi
















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