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Yesterday was the 15th day of the CNY celebration, or known as lantern festival (元宵). Tangyuan is a traditional dessert people eat as it symbolizes family togetherness. They come with various stuffings, but I made the two that are more popular (peanut coconut and black sesame):

IMG_1933Of course, it’s cuter if they come in the shape of the dog (since this is year of the dog)! I made two different characters to differentiate the fillings.IMG_E1896

 

Here are the ones I made for the year of the rooster.

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Today is Chinese New Year! Made nian gao (年糕) for my mom this year. This sweet treat is always a welcome sight around this time of year. Didn’t realize Dai Bee loves these too. I guess I have to make another batch sometime soon.

Wish everyone a healthy and prosperous year! 新年新開始,新希望。祝願大家一切順心如意。IMG_E1459

This time, I bought the lotus paste and the salted duck yolk. The store paste was so much different from the ones I made. These were much easier to work with. Because the colors of the dough and filling had so much contrast, I was able to wrap them nicely. Untitled.jpgHere are the finished products. I couldn’t get it to brown (yes, with egg wash) like it should be. I’m guessing it was my temperature? However, these moon cakes look and taste a lot like the store bought ones. So I’m happy to share them!IMG_0058IMG_0060

Happy mid-autumn festival! Though it’s a bit rushed (because of Ah Lo’s basketball practice), we found the time to sip some tea and enjoy the (store bought) moon cakes.IMG_0012

Attempted my first batch of the traditional mooncakes from scratch (and bombed it). There are many steps to it and it’s a great test of patience. Though I made some of the ingredients a head of time (golden syrup, the lotus paste and the dough), I was in and out of the house this weekend because of Ah Lo’s basketball tournament. It was hard for me to get this done correctly (with the time constraints). I am too embarrassed to show the end result. I won’t give up that easily. I will keep trying…

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Summer vacation is coming to an end. My sisters and I found an excuse for a casual gathering (potluck style)! Nothing fancy, it’s a way to help bring the summer to a close and get the kids together to make the leap into the fall season. It seems like all the kiddos are ready for another great school year!

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We got to spend some time with some college friends today. It was a potluck, and I made salad, coffee rolls and fruit tarts. Since these are a bunch of foodies, I was under pressure to perform 🙂

Of course, the more pressure, the more nervous I get to make things perfect. I had to make two coffee rolls (because the first one cracked). This shell of this fruit tart was under baked and the pastry creme didn’t have the perfect consistency. I’ve made these before and never had this problem. This time, I just got anxious and scooped it up to the bowl. The trick to baking is to willing to accept failures. I know exactly where my mistakes were. I will keep trying, keep practicing until I get this right again. After all, “mistakes are proofs that you are trying…”IMG_9077

For our no-electronics Sunday, we biked around the park with his Ma cousins. We even introduced his cousin to letterboxing around the park!UntitledFor dessert tonight, I made some steamed milk egg custard (鮮奶燉蛋). This is a popular dessert served in Hong Kong restaurants. It’s a dessert to impress and super easy to make. Recipe to come!

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Sometimes you don’t need a special reason to have chocolate soufflé for dessert. It’s been awhile since I made it. So today, out of the blue, we just enjoyed the freshly made soufflé after dinner. IMG_7937

Celebrating Mr. Piggy’s belated birthday today. His birthday was a few days ago but because of graduations left and right, we finally got a chance to celebrate his birthday today. We didn’t go out, just made some  homemade garlic noodles, vegetables and steamed a couple of crabs.IMG_7692

Even made a fruit tart as the dessert for the very first time.  Happy belated birthday Mr. Piggy, thanks for being so patient and waiting for your turn!IMG_7694