I'm always up for new culinary experiences so when a pack of Moon Cakes came into the production department today thought I would give one a go. Eaten to celebrate the Chinese lunar festival of Zhongqiu, the packet looked quite enticing, and the confection contained inside rather pretty. Though I have to say I was a little alarmed by the line "With Advanced Technology" - in a cake?! First bite was very dense and sweet, the second incredibly salty. Thought I'd look up the things to see what they might contain....as well as bean or lotus seed paste, they also harbour a salted preserved duck egg (the yellow bit in the 3rd photo). Whilst I can fully appreciate this is a fine delicacy in China and other Asian countries it's not really to my taste. A well known encyclopedic source also told me: "Fillings in contemporary style mooncakes has diversified to include just about anything which can be made into a paste". Really hoping mine was traditional. Feeling a little queasy as I write this - shame for it to go to waste but also perhaps also to run to the toilet to be sick on a Monday....
Tea on the brain today... I can't seem to get enough of the stuff. This 1939 poster available from V&A Prints hits the nail on the head - oh to be on the beach, under an umbrella, sipping tea from a teapot no less. But where are the saucers? Shock horror! Beach or no beach the reviving effects of a good cuppa just can't be beat:
These fine china cups by welovekaoru are beautiful, some have the luxurious touch of hand painted 22 carat gold:
Love this pantone tea colour chart by Onka Kular, one for the office!: