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The Cooking Chook does Chinese New Year – Spanky Chinese Almond Cookies

Chúc mừng năm mới! Happy New Year! Tomorrow (February 10) is Chinese New Year or Tết, as the Vietnamese call it. But, just before I launch into my usual spiel, I would like to say that I got absolutely spanked by baking attempting this recipe. I learnt two very important lessons:

  1. Never rush baking.
  2. Always go with your gut instinct.

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The Cooking Chook does Chinese New Year – Flaky Egg Tarts

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Tết in Vietnamese, is coming up in a couple of weeks and it’s a huge event in The Cooking Chook calendar. It involves a lot of food, incense and little red envelopes containing ‘lucky’ money. For this year’s festivities, I thought I would have a crack at a couple of recipes and contribute to the feast that my Mum will be preparing. I figure there is no point in mucking around, so I might as well try something that scares the bejesus out of me – Flaky Egg Tarts. Why do Flaky Egg Tarts scare me so much? It’s the pastry making process. I’ve never made my own pastry before and store-bought pastry won’t do because the authentic pastry for these tarts use lard (pig fat) not butter. I could’ve taken the easy route and just used a butter pastry, but I needed to face my fear head on. Read more…

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