We came across this beautiful display at the mall yesterday. The paper houses and trees are painted by little kids in an art school and they have been assembled to resemble a heart with a Chinese New Year greeting on the 4 corners.
It's Saturday midnight and I'm still awake. I've just finished baking a batch of pineapple tarts. The last time I baked cookies must be some 10 years ago. I declare I'm not a good baker. This batch of tarts didn't turn out very well. I fumbled right from the start. Instead of mixing 500g of flour, I put in the entire 1kg bag and kept wondering why the dough was so dry. So I added more eggs, then butter and finally realised my mistake. I must have tweaked the recipe too much because they don't taste anything like the ones sold at the bakeries.
Baking cookies is all about consistency as well. Every batch must look identical or at least they shouldn't vary too much in colour or texture. Now I know why people pay so much for good cookies. This is the most popular cookie served during Chinese new year because pineapple signifies prosperity but they're very fattening as lots of butter and sugar is used. I could feel my waistline expanding just by inhaling the intoxicating smell of cookies baking in the oven!
Thank goodness I went running this morning!
Waiting to go into the oven.