Thursday, September 22, 2011
Moon Cakes & Fall Equinox
There are lots of traditions and celebrations around the September or Fall equinox. The Chinese have one I particularly like. They call the mid-autumn festival "Moon Festival". It's not always celebrated on exactly the fall equinox and they usually time it with my phases, and celebrate on the nights when I am full. They celebrate the abundance of harvest.
One of the main foods for this celebration is moon cakes! In their tradition, they used to make these cakes as offerings to me- the moon! The cake is made in lots of different ways and some are filled with lotus seeds, sesame seeds, duck eggs or dried fruit.
Heather isn't quite that good at cooking, so I got her to find an easy moon cake recipe. She found one on the Internet http://www.dltk-holidays.com/china/easy_chinese_mooncakes.htm This one won't look like the moon cake picture above (Heather's didn't even come close!), but it will taste pretty good. You could also just make a round cake, decorate it with yellow frosting and put my face on it. Or make cupcakes and decorate each one exactly the way you want to.
It doesn't matter how you celebrate, just that you do celebrate!