Monday, February 22, 2010

Silver World

It comes, it wanders around and now it is gone and leaves a silver and messy wet world here. I am talking about snow as you have guessed. :) Got several inches (10 cm) last night again and it was a mess for the morning commute to work. Finally, I got to relax for several days after the last trip back from Florida and ate all the year cake and "Fa" cake. Sometimes, I just appreciate the peaceful life.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year! It's Tiger Year!

It was Chinese new year yesterday and this post was supposed to come out yesterday. However, I got stuck at Atlanta airport on the way back from Florida last Saturday so I really did not have the time and energy to complete it yesterday. After spending 14 hours at the Atlanta airport and being re-booked 3 times to different flights and been told 4 times of gate changes, I finally could get a flight to a small town, Appleton, Wisconsin (2-hour north of Milwaukee) that night. Otherwise, I would be stuck there for another 48 hours and the airline would not pay for meals or hotels since they claimed that the delay was caused by the "2-inches" (5 cm) of snow. What a joke for most of us live on the north that experience several feet (30 cm or more) of snow all the time in the winter! Anyway, I finally got home around mid-night on this past Saturday and I just did not have the energy to post until now. :)

Good thing is that I have already made both the red bean year cake and the brown sugar "Fa"cake (means prosperous) before I left for Florida one week ago. The year cake is made of glutenous rice flour, red bean, and brown sugar. After steaming it for about 30 to 40 minutes, it came out just right and had the beautiful color. The "Fa" cake is made of baking powder, rice flour, and brown sugar and went through the similar steaming process. The cracking on the top of the "Fa" cake is very important since it looks like the smile and means that the business and the fortunate in the upcoming new year will be wonderful! Since my "Fa" cakes all have nice looking cracks. Hope this will be a great tiger year!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cold Rainy Days In Florida

I have been in Florida since this past Superbowl Sunday night for work. Thought I could escape the snow storm on the north but all I got here so far was cold or rainy days. It was pouring rain all day long yesterday and finally the sun comes out today. But it is very brisky, windy and the temperture is just 30 degrees (-1'C). Guess I should not complain because at least I do not have to shovel 14 inches (36 cm)of snow!