\u201cHow many spoons of sugar do I need?\u201d \u201cHow long do I cook it for?\u201d \u201cIs this how you cut it?\u201d Yes, the questions all kitchen rookies depend on to avoid burning the house down. I have to admit something: like a parrot, I asked my mother these questions EVERY single day growing up. You can tell how lost and confused I was in the kitchen. And my mother is the best cook I know. She didn\u2019t go to fancy classes to learn cooking; she\u2019s a natural in the kitchen\u2014with a little help from my grandmother, of course! As Ramadan and Raya are drawing closer, I can\u2019t stop thinking about her cooking lately. And now Mother\u2019s Day is happening about the same time, too? It\u2019s official: I miss her! And now when I think about it, this festive season would always bring back the fondest memories of the time I\u2019ve spent with her in the kitchen. I remember while growing up, I would wake up to the smell of her heavenly delicious cooking and the beautiful sounds of her kitchen utensils banging against pots and pans. Yes, our kitchen was a very noisy place but mind you, I loved every bit of it. The smell and sounds were even more apparent during Ramadan and Raya. Now tell me, how can I possibly not think about her cooking during this time? She would look so cute cooking in her \u2018kain\u2019 batik with her curly hair tucked underneath an inner scarf, while singing along to Raya tunes playing on the radio. And she never knew about this but I used to get up really early in the morning during Suhoor just to watch her cook and apparently... sing, too. Shhh, don\u2019t tell her that! For my family, Ramadan and Raya season meant more than just eating good food; that was when a sacred bond was formed between my mother and I. It started when my mother turned her love for cooking into a mission to teach me a thing or two about making magic in the kitchen. Honestly, it really felt like stepping into a battlefield every time I entered the kitchen, and my mother was basically leading the war. Her philosophy: the battlefield is not a game of measurements, but a game of strategy. I know, very dramatic but it\u2019s a fact. She doesn\u2019t measure ingredients, but somehow she always knows how to get the recipes just right. She IS magic! The more I cooked, the more my mother seemed to enjoy it, too\u2014perhaps because she finally had some company in the kitchen. I remember how she would always stand next to me, while I was cooking, trying to make sure I got the ingredients right. Pressure, huh? Well, that\u2019s what you get for learning from the best. And eventually, I got the hang of it and knew all of her recipes by heart after years of observing her (and tasting her food). "That means you\u2019re ready," my mother would say with a smile. The lessons she had passed on to me have had a profound influence on the way I now cook for my own family, especially during Ramadan and Raya season. That\u2019s when my husband and kids would literally turn into hangry monsters. Well, I can\u2019t blame them. They\u2019re obsessed with my Tepung Pelita and Roti Jala, like REALLY obsessed\u2014seriously, you will not find any leftovers on the plates. Thanks to my mother for passing down the recipes to me and my grandmother for passing them down to her! Trust me, you can get these light bites ready on the dining table in no time. One of the most significant ingredients is using \u2018santan kelapa\u2019, which is a Malay word best translated as \u2018coconut milk\u2019. \u201cMy dear, the secret is to choose the right coconut milk. Try M&S Santan Kelapa-lah and then, you\u2019ll know why," my mother would remind me. M&S Santan Kelapa Enhances the Taste & Aroma in Your Cooking From my cooking experience, I realised M&S Santan Kelapa is unique and different from any other coconut milk. Why, you ask? It has the features of freshly squeezed coconut milk and incredibly fresh aroma and fragrance. It\u2019s not as thick as condensed milk and it makes any recipe taste amazing. It has no artificial flavouring, colouring, and preservatives. Don\u2019t you just love that? Plus, it\u2019s a cholesterol-free ingredient\u2014a truly great gift indeed for moms like me! And wait, there\u2019s more... M&S Santan Kelapa is absolutely convenient and easy to store. For Muslim mothers, worry not as it is hygienic and certified Halal by Jakim. There you go, now you know why I love Ramadan and Raya so much. Yes, including my family of hangry monsters. I could never thank my mother enough; it\u2019s just humanly impossible. If there\u2019s an image that perfectly describes what my mother means to me, it would be the one where you imagine your favourite childhood superhero cooking up your all-time favourite meal, before they fly off to save the world. Nope, I\u2019m not even exaggerating this. Well, hey, I learned to cook from this amazing lady\u2014she\u2019s my real-life hero and that\u2019s why she deserves all the credits. I love you, mama! RM10,000 Worth of Electrical Appliances Up for Grabs! Come and let\u2019s share your very own secret recipes now! Join \u2018Masakan Makku Sayang\u2019 contest and stand a chance to WIN electrical appliances worth up to RM10,000! For more information, please visit M&S Santan Kelapa\u2019s Facebook & Instagram. Follow the steps and share your favourite Raya dish that was inherited from your mom or cooked by your mom and the story behind it. The contest will commence from 27th of April until 20th of May 2020. For more cooking inspirations, please follow M&S Santan Kelapa\u2019s YouTube channel as there are tremendous recipes available to spice up your upcoming Ramadan and Raya celebration.