Chinese New Year treats!!

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CNY treats!!! Yum!

It is Chinese New Year this week and I wanted to make something quick and simple treats to bring into work. Plus nothing to big as I still need to get on the public transport! Chinese new year desserts are quite traditional and the taste is quite strong. I wanted to make something a bit traditional but also a bit western as well! So came up with Christine’s lemon almond cookies, chocolatesuze.com’s melt in your mouth peanut cookies and Lorraine Pascale’s peanut butter squares. My other Chinese colleague brought some white rabbit sweets which taste like milk sweets and some pandan cake.

The treats went down really well!!! I was pleased with them myself! The peanut cookies were so simple to make and I ended up making 2 batches as they were so addictive to eat! They looked traditional and tasted ever so crumbley!! I will blog her recipes once I get the chance! I have made the peanut butter squares previously but the texture was very powdery! This time, it turned out really nice and compact. Maybe I left in them in the fridge all night and made them more set!! My husband kept eating them all so I had to take them into work earlier before he gobbles them all up!!!

Hope all my family and friends have a fab chinese new year and wish them happiness and good health!!!

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Peanut cookies

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Lemon almond cookies

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Peanut butter squares

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Chinese New Year – Snake Year 2013!

I would like to wish all my family and friends a Happy Chinese New Year – Gong Hay Fat Choi!!! Hope this year brings you all happiness, love, good health and prosperity! 🙂 Today, I have invited my mum over for dinner and we are just going to have a nice family cooked meal at home!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

This morning I made some Lemon Almond Cookies and Coconut Pudding as I saw the receipes from Christine’s Blog http://en.christinesrecipes.com/, she is from Hong Kong but lives in Australia. I love following her as they are so easy to follow and has great photos aswell! Also, I have never really been into Chinese cooking, even though I am Chinese so she has been quite an inspiration to me!! When I was younger, I didn’t take much notice of my parents cooking and only began to be interested when I moved out!! Now, when my mum cooks, I always ask her questions and try to gain her knowledge in Chinese cooking!! I will be taking some of the delightful treats to work tomorrow so that they can try some! 🙂

Family CNY Dinner!

Family CNY Dinner!

Tonight’s dinner, I made lamb chops with some green veg and my mum made steamed sea bass! I don’t normally steam my food in cooking so it was great to see how she did it and plus I never really cooked a whole fish (head & tail) at home, usually we would buy the fillets! She steamed the fish with garlic and spring onions and poured some hot oil and soya sauce! Fish has a very special place in the Chinese New Year menu as it symbolises abundance so with the head and tail, this brings a good beginning and end to the New Year!

Hope you all had a lovely meal with your family! 🙂

Lemon Almond Cookies – you can find the receipe here – http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2013/01/lemon-almond-cookies-chinese-new-year.html. Although my slices are not as tiny as it was quite difficult to cut 0.5cm for each one!

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Rolled and wrapped in cling film

Rolled and wrapped in cling film

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Cooling

Coconut Pudding – you can find the receipe here – http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2009/01/chinese-new-year-coconut-pudding.html#.URge9nJWySo Note: Raw Sugar – I used demerara sugar.

Mixture

Mixture

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