Sunday, January 22, 2012

№ 64. Happy New Year, Again!

Yes, it's the Chinese Lunar New Year. Water Dragon.

I drenched the yard, garage and the garden and made sure all the pails, tabo (dipper) and jugs were filled to the brim. I turned on the lights just in case Wushu got lost.

Earlier, I also brought home goodies from San Fernando: macapuno tarts ("loco coco" tarts. Market Manila, the food blogger, says macapuno is a mutant coconut.), cashew boat tarts and puto paowow. We were hoping for more homegrown Pundaquit goods, but there were none. So we went to the Food Capital of the Philippines: Pampanga, which was on the way home. Luck was abundant.

That should be enough bait, right?

As a last siren call for the lost dragon, I banged the piano with a Rachmaninov and a Beethoven piece. On the brink at 11:59 PM.

Wushu, where art thou?

Bring more luck, will you.

Bento Box:

Puto Pao Recipe Ingredients:

For the filling
* 1/2 kilo ground pork
* 25 pcs. boiled quail egg
* 1/2 head garlic, chopped
* 1 cup pineapple juice
* 1/2 cup red wine
* 1 pc. star anise
* 1/2 cup cornstarch
* 1 tbsp. sugar
* cooking oil
* salt

For the batter
* 4 cups all purpose flour
* 4 tbsp. powdered milk
* 4 tbsp. baking powder
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 3 cups water
* 1/4 cup butter

For the toppings
* 1/4 cheddar cheese,
* 2 salted eggs

Petit Chef

from Puto Siopao Recipe

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