SEASONINGS Magazine is a collaboration between Hafizah Jainal (Hafi) and Singapore Noodles. It is a quarterly food publication that provides an insider's view into Singapore's festivals and festive food. In each issue, we highlight the beauty and cultural richness of one "season" in Singapore, to show that you don't have to belong to a specific race or religious group to appreciate a festival, because we have more in common than we think.
Every August 9, Singaporeans all over the world commemorate the day Singapore gained independence from Malaysia in 1965. While the highlight for many is the National Day Parade, it is also a time for us to reckon with our identity as Singaporeans, to reflect on history, and to celebrate what makes us unique as a people.
The stories in this edition span from the 1800s to today, and are divided into four sections:
NATURE poses questions about our relationship with the natural world. We explore what indigenous communities have to teach us about living in harmony with nature, the way of life in Singapore’s kampungs, and the tricky terrain of foraging in modern Singapore.
HISTORY paints a picture of specific moments in Singapore’s history, such as the Japanese Occupation and the bygone days of Singapore’s pig farms. It also examines how sunset industry businesses, such as traditional bakeries, can keep going.
HOME is a collection of personal stories that explore the role of food as a love language, and how it can forge connections between mother and daughter, loved ones separated by distance, or strangers.
IDENTITY examines the complexity of identities in Singapore, from the perspective of a Straits Chinese, Indian migrants, and a Singaporean of mixed heritage.
Accompanying the stories are recipes that go beyond the usual ‘national dishes’. Ranging from kampung favourites and vanishing dishes, to innovative and modern twists on comfort food, they remind us of what a delicious gift our history and diversity can be.