On this 15th day of the 9th lunar month when the moon is supposed to be at its brightest and fullest we celebrated the Mid-Autumn festival in a simple way.
We decided to ride the bus downtown to the bookstore. Previously, our bookstore had a nice selection of bi-lingual books. Today: nothing. Not one single one. Of course, they offered us the English textbooks, but we assured them our English was fine.
We took the bus home. Ate pot pie. Put the kids down for naps. etc.
Then, Hubs started working on his “pumpkin cream cheese mooncake pops”. It’s a vision he’s had for a long time. I’ll let him tell you about it…
It started way back in the year 1998. This was the year I had my first mooncake and decided that something had to be done. Of course, at that time I had neither the resources or the time to put into an “expat-friendly” mooncake.
This year, after having built up a repertoire of skills and relationships needed to accomplish the task, I went for it.
First step: Make cream cheese. Of course, we lacked real cream and instead opted for ricotta cream cheese + a little salt + smoothing out in the blender. For our purpose, it worked.
The pumpkin spice mooncakes turned out delicious! I think somehow this batch of “crust” got a little too moist in the refrigerator so it did not hold the “hope” character as well as I would have liked. It was our only batch of dough to turn out this way.
Next year: Apple pie and pumpkin pie mooncakes. The trick will be figuring out how to wrap the dough and press them. Well, we have a year to prepare, eh?
I snapped a photo of the kids eating the last of the mooncakes. Until next year!
Schäfer said, “Sianna’s name is Tian Yue – is that like the moon?” I explained that it was the same sound, but a different character. He replied, “If her name was Yue like the moon then we could call her mooncake for a nickname.” I honestly think it would fit her because mooncakes are so little and sweet – just like Sianna.