祝大家 新年快乐, 万事如意.
Due to all our hectic schedules, it is tough to see one another often. Take for example my uncles and aunties and first cousins. I only get a chance to see them during special occassions. Thus I looked forward to Lunar New Year because we finally get to catch up.
For friends too, like my college classmates, we only meet up once a year. Actually we tried to meet other times but with kids' school, tuitions, and extra cirrculum, getting together is really tough.
Ever since my paternal grandma passed on, my dad and uncles take turn to host the gathering.
This year, it is my 4th uncle's turn. The last we were there was two years ago when my first cousin got married.
Though ours is not a huge family, having pot luck becomes the norm now since all of us had grown up and have our own family. This idea eased the burden of the elders having to cook up a storm for the whole entire clan.
Thus for my contribution, this year, I had Fried Nian Gao Rolls, something that I longed to do and finally done it. Was pleased to know that it was a big hit at the party.
Next I also tried Fruit Spring Rolls. It is something special. I think next time I will get pineapple instead of replacing it with blue jam, for I got injured and got a burnt on my finger due the oil splattering.
Yes what a day to have my finger burnt. BTW, I am submitting the above to Aspiring Bakers #15: Auspicious Dishes for CNY (January 2012) hosted by Wen of Wen's Delight.
I also prepared Roast Pork. as well. The taste was good this time round but because of the huge slab of meat. I didn’t manage to crisp it. I will take the advice from my uncle for my next attempt. (sorry no picture)
Thanks to hubby for lugging back a bigger Happy Call Pan for me. You are an angel! Smuack.
I celebrate my 46th birthday today as well. A special treat from my little 10 years old. She actually baked me muffins for my birthday! I was totally amazed by her capability.
The muffins turned out awesome, soft and fluffy. Definitely warmed my heart by her effort.
Thank you baby!
Fruits Spring Roll
Source: Auspicious Delicacies of CNY by Squall Chin
What you need:
8 pcs spring roll skin
4 small bananas sliced into half lengthwise
Marshmallows (I used mini ones)
Set banana, pineapples and marshmallow in the centre of the spring roll skin.
Roll up as in popiah method.
Heat oil and deep fry till golden brown.
Fried Nian Gao Roll
What you need:
Yam, cut into lengthwise strip. Steam.
Sweet Potatoes, cut into lengthwise strip. Steam.
Nian gao, cut into lengthwise strip
Spring Roll Skin (small)
Set the yam, sweet potato and nian gao.
Wrap tight with the spring roll skin.
Deep fried till golden brown.