Saturday, December 23, 2006

Winter Solstice

"The Winter Solstice Celebration or Midwinter Festival is an event of the winter solstice, and has the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice was immensely important because communities were not assured to live through the winter, and had to be prepared during the previous nine months. Starvation was common in winter.

Traditionally, theWinter Solstice Festival is also a time for the family to get together; making and eating of 'Tang Yuan' (balls of glutinuous rice) which symbolizes reunion. Every one in the family receives at least one large 'Tang Yuan' and several small ones. The flour balls may be plain or stuffed. They are cooked in a sweet soup or savoury broth with both the ball and the soup/broth served in one bowl."
---Adapted from Wikipedia---

Pic1_1 I made some early this morning, mixing glutinous rice flour with water to form a dough. Next, I coloured a quater of the mixture red. No fillings though... my family and I like it plain :) I guess I'm so used to making these plain red-white tiny tang yuans with grandma every year till it's become a family favourite. The marbling effect looks kinda off... a consequence of lesser kneading of the dough. >_<

Christmas mood kicked in mid-way through moulding, rolling, and shapping of the balls. =P

Sweet gooey dessert... served with ginger and aromatic pandan syrup. Didn't have the heart to cook Mr. Snowman. =P

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