And so Mid-Autumn had come and passed. I did manage to make some mooncakes this year. A bit different from our usual mooncakes, but I think I actually prefer this one!
Homemade white bean paste with saffron and coconut, in a buttery pastry. I only did one batch of these so I did not have much chance to practice much. The pastry is supposed to be layered like a puff pastry but I suppose it takes a lot more experience and some tricks to achieve that.
For our Mid-Autumn dinner, we had quite a simple Chinese dinner.. Emperor’s herb chicken, steamed whole (because I FINALLY found a decent steam pot. And only because someone brought it from Asia and didn’t want to bring it back home with them. The pots here are more for steaming potatoes, which isn’t quite the same as what Chinese food requires!), stir fried French beans with brussel sprouts and rice with grated Hokkaido pumpkins. I cooked the grated Hokkaido pumpkin (of which the skin is actually edible, did you know?) in the rice to add a bit of flavour and autumn-y colour. That turned out really well!
I’ve been hard at work clearing up the knits lined up.. This is one of them… Can you guess what it is?
A bear hood! This is a bulky one knitted in Moss/Seed stitch.
Worn with the hood down here.
I took many pics but most of them looked like this… L got really excited modeling it so literally all of the pics have some degree of motion blur!
This is the second bear hood, picture taken just earlier today. Seems like we caught L on a good day – he barely moved in this session!
This one is knitted in a rib.
I’m just in love with those adorable ears!
Side view… I have enough yarn leftover to make one for L as well, as these 2 are both gifts. This will be very handy when L goes out to play in the Winter.
And so, with most of the knits lined up cleared, I worked a bit on my SkyIsle project… Modified to be top-down and a smaller gauge too. This will be a steeked project so I’m excited and apprehensive about it!
When L isn’t busy modeling bear hoods, he is busy catting.😀
L really like boxes. He sat there and played with this box for nearly an hour!
He also enjoys stealing our seats and mimicking us. Here he was looking rather pleased with himself, having both secured a spot and the popcorn bowl!
We went to the local Harvest Market this year and finally tried out the street food – Muikku fried in butter! “Muikku” is a freshwater whitefish that is rather popular here… The bones are typically fine enough that the little fishes are eaten whole – head, tail and bones. We have decided that Muikku fried in butter is absolutely delicious (L loved it too!) and so will have it a couple of times every year.
We have been busy, not just with the packing (which seems to have stalled for now), but with enjoying the season while it lasts! The golden light of Autumn casts such a lovely tint, washing everything in this warm and fuzzy halo, a stark contrast from the chill in the air that is getting increasingly sharp every day.
This weekend, we went on an impromptu row boat trip with TK and little MK.
We rowed to a campsite that is only accessible by water or hiking trails. In the Winter we came here by walking over the frozen lake.
As it isn’t so easily accessible, this place is beautifully untouched.
A cluster of mushrooms.
Some pretty bracket fungus on a fallen log. I also spotted and collected a handful of golden chanterelles while I was out photographing in the forest. Upon my return to the campsite, TK asked if I’m a mushroom addict.😄 I thought that is pretty obvious, no?
So, we stayed overnight in the countryside, not at the campsite though, but at HH and TH’s since it was getting late and close to L’s bedtime.
Today I did a baking experiment of which the results might be of use to others considering baking fruits in cupcakes. Here are the results of 6 different methods, all using the same batter and same baking time. Top 2 rows are baked with the fillings inside, the bottom 2 rows had the fillings inserted halfway through baking.
Top row, from left: Defrost frozen strawberry, frozen strawberry, jam.
Bottom row, from left: Defrost frozen strawberry, frozen strawberry, jam.
The conclusion is that the defrost strawberry and jam, both inserted halfway through baking, produces the best results.
Now I’m going to go grab a cupcake and call it a day. Hope you are enjoying your Autumn!