Chinese New Year used to be all fun and play, it is still something to look forward to but nowadays it comes with a lot of chores and burns some pockets too (side effects of growing up :)). At the end of the day, I think it's all about getting together. The opportunity for family and friends to meet again. Hence, the need for food, food and food since there is nothing better that one can do during these get-togethers than to eat, eat, eat and eat!
This year I attempted to make some cookies. Actually, quite embarrassing to say that this is the first time I am making my own. Better late than never, I am glad that I made the effort this time!
I chose to make 2 traditional ones and 1 not so traditional one but has been around for awhile.
1. Peanut Cookies
This one is for Pa, he loves them. Keeping my fingers crossed that he will love mine too. I used Amy Beh of The Star's Kuali for recipe.
This is my favourite cookie. I just love that buttery, melt in your mouth pastry when it comes with a dollop of nice, not too sweet, sourish and fibery pineapple jam. They are so sinfully delicious. Since, I am on this mission to bake my own cookies, I had to try baking my favourite too. It sure was hard work, I never imagined that it was this much work! One had to grate the pineapples and then cook it over a slow fire for hours before it turns into jam! Apparently I read that one will regret if one uses the blender because of the difference in the texture between grating and blending. Since this is my first time, I obeyed every single advice to ensure no room for regrets, especially when it's so much work! No risk taking! Verdict? It was worth the hardwork. Recipe? Amy Beh again!
3. Cornflake Cookies
This modern day cookie is nothing compared to the other two. Very simple. It is nice but somehow not so authentic...or maybe it's all in the mind only. It's funny that when one starts to grow older, every other thing that is old turns into gold! One thing that I now know for sure is our foremothers(or fathers??) are sure tough cookies to follow :)
Happy Chinese New Year!