Friday, September 15, 2017

My Birthday Week

I have groused about it before, but on the weekend Bon Appétit came up with 75 weeknight dinners. Do they really think people are going to plough through 75 suggestions unless, like me, they are searching for recipes to share. Another email I got contained snacks for football weekends, there were dozens of them. I never did get to the end any more than I got through the 75 recipes. Maybe I am just lazy, but I can't imagine anyone, with a busy life, work, kids etc. etc. would bother to go through so many recipes. 24 hours after writing this, I get another email offering 100 lunches!!!!

My first bowling for the league went pretty well. Had two good games and one moderate. I was quite pleased. Being the first day, I won't find out how many points we gained until we go in on Thursday. Update: We are lying 2nd. I hope we can stay up there. Thursday bowling went well too and the alley owner gave me a bunch of rhubarb from his garden as a birthday present. Yum. Tonight we go to the Red Lobster which I understand has a Shrimp Fest running. More yum although the shrimp here is not as tasty as the ones we got straight from the sea in North Carolina.

Tuesday was my free lunch at Mandarin. It also coincides with the Moon Festival this month which is celebrated mid Autumn during a time of moon watching. Of course, this means Moon Cake which I really love and which nobody else seems to enjoy.  The bit in the middle of the cake represents the moon. The cakes are predominantly made with lotus seed paste and are very sweet. I am giving you a recipe but I know I would never make it, and I don't suppose any of you would either. I ate plenty of it for lunch together with a lot of other specials just prepared for the Moon Festival. They had some Korean chicken which was delicious.

Wednesday morning I felt absolutely lousy. Ended up going to bed for the rest of the morning but by lunchtime was starting to feel OK. No idea what the problem was.

So we went to the Red Lobster for supper and I ordered the Seaport Lobster and Shrimp, but I
couldn't get the local pic so ended up with the US pic. The only difference, I didn't get broccoli, I did get rice. Matt had Blackened Arctic Char. I had been very tempted to have the Arctic Char myself as it is one of my favourite fish. I forgot, being a creature of decision I decided to get some Chocolate Wave Cake to go home. However, Matt got some to eat there so I changed my mind. Ate a lot of it and then changed my mind and took the rest home. It is so delicious. Not only that I ate two of their biscuits too - really a birthday is no excuse.

I have been writing this email in bits and pieces all week, so if the timings seem a tad off, sorry about that.

Moon Cake

A step by step guide for making mooncake, a traditional Chinese dessert typically eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival for good luck.

For the dough
100 g all purpose-flour
60 g Golden Syrup
1/2 tsp Alkaline water available at Asian grocers
18 g Vegetable oil

For the filling
420 g Lotus seed paste
6 Egg yolks salted
1 Tbs Rose-flavoured cooking wine available at Asian grocers

For the egg wash
1 Egg yolk
2 Tbs Egg white

1. FOR THE DOUGH
2. To prepare the Chinese mooncake dough use a large bowl, mix the golden syrup, alkaline water and oil well. Sift in the flour. Use a spatula to combine all the ingredients. Don’t over–stir. Knead into a dough. Cover with film wrap and rest for 40 minutes.

3. Mix egg yolks with wine. If the salted egg yolks are homemade and freshly broken from the shells, you’ll see the egg whites turn opaque after mixing with the wine a few minutes later. Wipe the yolks dry with kitchen paper. Cut each into two halves. Set aside. Roll the lotus paste into a long tube.

4. Cut into 12 equal portions of 35 grams.

5. Roll each portion into a ball shape. Set aside and preheat the oven to 180°C.

6. FOR THE EGG WASH
7. Whisk the egg yolk with the egg white. Sift through a fine sieve.

8. FOR THE FILLING
9. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a small ball shape. Cover a dough portion with a plastic film and roll into a thin disc. Then take a lotus paste ball and poke a hole in the middle with your finger.

10. Place the egg yolk inside and roll and shape into a ball. Wrap and seal the lotus paste ball with the dough disc.

11. Spray the mooncake mould and place the stuffed mooncake into the mould. Lightly press the mould handle, then remove the mooncake from the mould. Transfer the stuffed mooncake onto a lined baking tray.

12. Repeat this step to finish the remaining dough and lotus paste.

13. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 to 12 minutes. Brush the mooncakes with egg wash, at about five minutes, before removing from the oven. Continue to bake until the pastry turns golden brown. Remove from oven and leave to cool on a wire rack. Store in an air–tight container. The pastry will become soft and shiny in one or two days: the mooncake recipe is ready to be enjoyed.

Source:  Fine Dining Lovers

Have a great day
 

23 comments:

  1. Hi Jo – hope you had a happy birthday week and were able to have some enjoyable times. The bowling looks good … choice is way too much. Not sure I fancy the Moon cakes either … but I’d like to try.

    I know you enjoy your Red Lobster suppers … and they look delicious – I’m sure your meal was similar … the cake I could easily lose … I much prefer the savoury dishes.

    Enjoy the weekend … cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary, I did. The bowling was good and so was the Moon Cake.

      Yes it was delicious and so is the chocolate cake. But that is too delicious as far as calories go.

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  2. Sounds like you had a great birthday week. Good for you. I also get those emails with the '### best recipes' for whatever. I usually look at the first ten or so and if I am not thrilled I quit looking.

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    1. I did Denise. But then I claim two birthdates. I was born at 2 a.m. on the 14th in the UK which would have been the 13th in Canada LOL. Yup, I do the same.

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  3. Happy Birthday and hope the week went well. I hope you didn't eat something at the Mandarin that didn't agree with you. Love arctic Char which I didn't know about until I met my hubby. When he was young, his family lived on Baffin Island and they would collect tons of Arctic char. The Inuit would be spearing the fish and some they would scrape but not get, they would wash ashore and he and his brother would pick the, up and place them in a wagon.

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    1. Thanks. I thought about that Birgit. No idea though. Interesting about the Arctic Char - obviously I should move north.

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  4. Hi Jo and happy belated birthday! Now that's an interesting bread. I'd need to find a special mold to get that Chinese look.

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    1. Thanks Stephen. Not a bread but a pretty sweet cake. But yes, you would need a special mould for it.

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  5. I wondered if you got your free birthday meal at Mandarin. Hey, if no one else likes those cakes, that just means more for you.

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    1. Actually Alex, they sent me another coupon yesterday and I wondered what they would do if I tried to claim it LOL. I have wondered, but didn't ask, how much they would charge for a whole cake to bring home. They aren't very big. But then I ended up with a chunk of chocolate wave cake which is enough calories to last me for a while. Hopefully will go back to Mandarin before the festival ends.

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  6. Happy birthday week.

    I already had to clear out my cookbooks. I don't have time to make a bunch of new things.

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    1. Thanks Diane. Actually, these days you don't need cookbooks anyway, there's always a recipe on the internet.

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  7. I'd need to find a special mold to get that Chinese look.


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    1. Certainly, I wonder if they are easy to obtain koi seo.

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  8. I hope you had a great birthday, Jo! And would you believe that I have never tried moon cake? Thank you so much for sharing.

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  9. I did Linda, thanks. Do you have a Chinese restaurant near you? Mandarin is not terribly expensive and they certainly have Moon cake right now for the Moon Festival

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  10. Keep that birthday rolling!
    That Moon Cake looks delicious, but doesn't look easy to make.

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    1. I'll try Sandra. Probably not that easy and as so many people have said, you might need a mould.

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  11. Sounds like a fantastic week except for the bit about getting sick. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Jo.

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    1. I certainly did Pinky. However, all that food didn't do me any good LOL

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  12. You really do celebrate your birthday all week long. Congrats on the bowling success. I like Red Lobster and I'm sure my husband will take me there for my birthday. Never tried dessert there. Glad you're feeling better.

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    1. Well I try to Susan. If you do go to RL, do try their Chocolate Wave cake - if you are a chocoholic like me of course. Bowling again today.

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  13. Wow !!! absolutely fantastic blog. I am very glad to have such useful information.

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