It totally stinks! For the past week everyting in China has been closed. Which means that we couldn’t get the RA this week. Why are they closed? They are celebrating the Moon Feastival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival.
“On the 8th full moon of the lunar year comes the Moon Festival. On this night, the moon is at its brightest. Friends and family gather together to enjoy the moonlight and of course eat mooncakes! This Festival is the equivalent of Thanksgiving Day and its origins go back to ancient times, when people would get together on the 15th day of the 8th moon (around September or October in our Calendar) on a day of thanksgiving for a good rice harvest. This is the time when crops and fruits are at their best and the weather is pleasant.”
Mooncakes are a Chinese pastry with a filling. The filling is usually made of coconut, lotus seed, or egg yolk.
“According to the legends, Mooncakes were responsible for freeing a town under Mongol rule. A few days before the Mid-Autumn Festival, a rebel army commander had sent Mooncakes to the townspeople. There were notes hidden inside the Mooncakes, basically coordinating the effort to rise up at midnight the night of the festival, and attack their captors. The rebellion succeeded and the town was freed from the Mongols, thanks to the Mooncakes!”
We found all this on http://www.china-family-adventure.com
Just for fun we decided to make Mooncakes. We found a recipe and instead of red bean paste, coconut, lotus seed, or egg yolks, it used jam. We made them and they were really good. If you would like to make them, here is the recipe.
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup salted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup of your favorite jam
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the butter, sugar, and 1 egg yolk. Stir.
Mix in the flour.
Form the dough into one large ball and wrap it in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate dough for half an hour.
Unwrap the chilled dough and form small balls and flat circles in the palms of your hand.
Make a hole with your thumb in the center of each ball and fill with about half teaspoon of jam.
Put flat circles on top of each ball.
Brush each cake with other beaten egg yolk and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes or just until the outside edges are slightly brown. Enjoy.
Happy Moon Festival! 🙂