29 Feb – the last day of February. Happy Leap Day and also, Happy Birthday to those who were born on this day! On the news report today, the mother of a newly-born baby today said that she will be celebrating her son’s birthday on 28 Feb and 1 Mar in future. Wow, what a lucky boy to have two birthday celebrations! Wonder if anyone has chosen to get married on this day?
I had been feeling a little under the weather these first two months of 2012 because I had been sick about 3/4 of my time! No exaggeration, but even I can’t believe that I could be this unlucky to have suffered from two rounds of bad flu, followed by gastric flu! I just hope that I will be well and fit for the rest of this year and beyond.
Despite so, I am glad that I was able to still enjoy and achieve something in my little kitchen in between days that I was feeling better.
Sweet glutinous rice balls soup made using Shan Yao (山药汤圆).
Another way of eating the Shan Yao Tang Yuan – tossed with ground peanuts and white sesame seeds. A small quantity of fine sugar can be added if a sweet flavour is preferred. This is just like eating “muachi”
Pumpkin Kueh (金瓜糕) – I succeeded this time! 🙂 I had previously blogged about my failed attempt in making pumpkin kueh about four years ago. Wow, I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to try it again!
Another successful attempt – Suan Pan Zi (算盘子). Wondering why some are in orange colour? Traditionally, this dish is made using yam and glutinous rice flour but since I had some left-over pumpkin, I decided to add a little bit of creativity by making some using pumpkin. It turned out well. 🙂
Stewed sea cucumbers with dried mushrooms and dried oysters. This was one of the dishes I cooked for reunion dinner on 22 Jan.
Chocolate muffins. Using the recipe from Joy of Baking website, I made a slight modification by adding a small quantity of finely grated fresh orange skins to give a light refreshing tinge of orange fragrance which made the muffins special. Good try!
And finally, Yam cake （芋头糕） which I made last Thursday. This time, it tasted a lot better than the last time I made. Looks like my skills have improved! 😀
Fortunately I have not put on weight despite all the nice food!
What will I be trying next? Let’s see……