You know you’re not “blogging regularly” when you forget the password to your own blog! 😛
No excuses this time, as I’m beginning to sound like a broken record.
The hubs is back home in Malaysia with me and now it feels like a Real Holiday. I’ve been pretty busy in the kitchen too 😉
And the most labourious product I have produced to date:
MOONCAKES! I am indeed lucky as my mother in law makes really nice mooncakes, and she was willing to teach me. She did mention a couple of times that it’s VERY labourious, and perhaps I wouldn’t be up to it. I guess she doesn’t know how kiasu and willful I can be 😛 If I set my mind on something, I don’t usually give up easily.
Unless it involves math It took me two days to make the mooncakes; one day for the filling, and the next day for the pastry. From henceforth, I will not pooh-pooh or question the high prices of mooncake especially homemade ones since everything is made from scratch without the aid of machinery and does not contain filler ingredients or preservatives.
So last Saturday, I spent almost the entire day in the kitchen making the lotus bean paste. Boiling, straining, blending, and the most tedious part, “mixing” / reducing the liquid to form a thick paste. One has to continuously stir over low heat else the paste gets burnt. And thus, I had to slowly stir this……
It took me a good 2.5 hours of non-stop stirring to get the paste to this viscosity. It wasn’t so much the time that was energy sapping, but the fact that the thicker the paste got, the HARDER it was to stir. In the end, I felt I was wrestling a python in the wok.
Not many people know how to make mooncake, and it took my mother in law several years to perfect her mooncake from trial and error, as no one with expertise on mooncakes would readily share their recipe and know how with others, especially since mooncakes is a relatively expensive delicacy. I feel really blessed that I have managed to learn it from her. Now I am bent on making it on my own without my mom-in-law’s help thus I can REALLY say that I MADE MOONCAKE. 😀
My cute mom-in-law wants to learn how to make fruit tarts from me, and I feel rather embarrased, to say the least, that she wants to learn something as simple as that from plain ol’ me 😉
And for those who are wondering, I’m afraid that I won’t be sharing the recipe for the mooncakes out of respect for my mother in law who has worked years to perfect this family recipe. But if any of you are interested in buying homemade, wholesome, made-from-scratch-filling-paste mooncake without preservatives or colouring, you can drop me a line and I’ll let my mom-in-law know. She is based in Klang and makes different type of mooncakes, and if you’re lucky, she’ll sell you some 😉
Let me perfect my own mooncakes, and the next time around, I’ll take orders too 😛