Good old fashioned Cornflake Cookies ..... I'm sure that these cookies are a common sight in many households during CNY as they are very easy to make. Old fashioned they may be, but as long as they're crunchy and aromatic, they'll be well received and they have always been a hit amongst my nieces and nephews, each year.
I was thrilled when I removed this fruit ring from the oven ...... mmmm sweet smell of cinnamon. This tasty fruit ring does not require any butter or spread to go with it and I prefer to eat it on its own..... but accompanied by a hot cup of my favourite 'Kopi 'O'!
This is one goodie that I never fail to make for Chinese New Year ...... Almond Biscuits ~ 'Hung Yan Paeng'. Although the ingredients are few and simple, yet the end product is just marvellous, crunchy and aromatic.
Pig trotters with ginger and black vinegar is a 'heaty' dish and is a very popular dish for confinement mothers.
The black vinegar helps in blood circulation and purifies the blood, the ginger helps to get rid of wind in the body and the collagen in the trotters helps to strengthen our joints and ligaments.
It's the Cantonese tradition that this is cooked on the 12th day after childbirth when the baby is 12 days old and together with another speciality, 'Chicken in rice wine', they are distributed to relatives and close friends to announce the arrival of a newborn.
I normally like to cook this dish during the rainy season when the weather is slighly cooler!
I remember that my mum used to make this omelette for us and my siblings would run for the tomato ketchup and chilli sauce. This was a very well received dish for us and I re-incarnated this recently ..... 'Dan Kok'.
These rolls/tarts are shaped like a pineapple but instead of pineapple paste, I put in unseeded dates, for a change. 'Wong Lai', that's Cantonese for pineapple which literally means 'luck coming' is auspicious for the coming Chinese New Year which will fall on 3rd February, Thursday, and this year is the year of the Rabbit.
As we've been eating out for quite a while I suggested that we have some home-cooked food for a change. We trotted to Victoria market to get some fresh supplies and my girl whipped up a sumptuous meal for us ..........have to admit that her cooking skills are good but alas, no measurements, all done at her whims and fancies. This is pan grilled Teriyaki Salmon ..... the sauce was DIY!
I bought a Friand mould baking pan @ the Boxing Day sale and couldn't wait to try out making these .... Blueberry Friands. A friand is a small moist cake made with almond meal and flour which originated from France. I made these from a recipe adapted from Exclusivelyfood.com.au and the verdict .... not too sweet but moist and soft friands, tasted somewhat like muffins and all finished within 30 mins.!