Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Golden Pineapple Balls and Winner of Giveaway


How did you spend the 1st week of CNY celebrating? Visiting relatives and friends? Feasting and tossing yusheng? Going to River Hongbao or Sentosa Flowers?

I watch "It's A Great Great World《大世界》" with my parents who have not stepped into a cinema for the past 20 years! Our whole family also went up on the Singapore Flyer for the first time too!

Here's the Golden Pineapple Balls which I bake before CNY using the recipe from The Little Teochew. For the past few years, I have been using the creaming method for the pastry. This recipe uses the rub-in method. The result is a crispier crust. Personally, I still prefer the creaming method used in my previous recipe which gives a more melt-in-the-mouth texture.

Finally, here's what you are waiting for. The result of my first giveaway.
The winner is Edith of pReCiouS MoMentS.
Congratulations! Please email me your mailing address to smallsmallbaker@yahoo.com.sg.

Thanks to everyone who have participated!

Aspiring Bakers announcement
I have done some updates to our Aspiring Bakers Family page after the overwhelming response in Aspiring Bakers #3. We have 38 new members added and the top member (with the most entries submitted) is currently Vivian of Vivian Pang Kitchen with 11 entries. Perhaps I will do a giveaway related to Aspiring Bakers in future. So do join in for more fun! :)

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Happy Rabbit Year!

Red packet. Hong Bao. Ang Pao. 红包.
In Singapore, red packets are given to children and the unmarried by the married. I have reached the age when it is awkward to receive hongbaos. But I still gladly receive them from my parents and siblings every year. What do you do with your hongbaos? I used to take out the money after the 15th day and return the empty red packets to my mother for collection (see below). These few years, I keep the hongbaos with the money intact for at least a year. For good luck and wealth, I hope. :)

These are my mother's hongbao collection. She did not buy a single one. All are given from promotions and those empty red packets which we return to her.

These are from Hay Dairies. We drink this goat milk for many years already.

From the banks.

See the very old POSB hongbao?

From the shops.

All the 福.

And more.

The old ones. See the smallest red packet on the bottom?

Here's wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Rabbit Year!