Something arrived in the mail the other day:
A cute new Olympus VG-110 point-and-shoot camera! It’s really tiny compared to the big Canon Digital Rebel XT that I’ve had for the past 3 years. I love that it’s so small and light compared to our aging Canon Powershot A710, and that the battery is charged by USB cable (compared to the A170 which eats AA batteries). So while it’s not going to replace the DSLR, it will take the place of the A710.
But enough about the camera. There’s some other things that came in the box too:
Here’s a fun and cute way to use up the leftover dough and filling after making a batch of Traditional Baked Mooncakes.
This is the recipe for the traditional, baked Chinese Mooncake that is typically eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The mooncake filling consists of a salted egg yolk, surrounded by sweet lotus seed paste, which is wrapped in a thin, tender skin and then pressed into a round or square mold to impart a design onto the skin. The cake is partially baked, brushed with an egg wash, and then finished in the oven.
Last year, I got into making snowskin mooncakes and pandan spiral mooncakes for the Mooncake Festival. (The pandan spiral mooncakes are seriously awesome; I already have orders for more.) However this year, I decided that I had to try my hands with the traditional baked mooncakes. After making three batches of these mooncakes recently, I can say that they’re pretty simple to make, and they come out as good as or even better than store-bought.
You’ve heard of Spam fried rice before…but olive fried rice? Well, not really olives but buah dabai – the indigenous “Sibu Olive”. Dabai is grown exclusively on the island of Borneo, in the Rajang River basin of central Sarawak, from the interior areas of Kapit all the way out to Sibu and Sarikei on the coast. It’s one of the unique foods of Sarawak.