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No fear in my heart

Overwhelmingly impressed! 周末的早晨,听到这么棒的表演,很满足,又有点感动伤感。《No fear in my heart》是我最喜爱的一首朴树老师的歌。想起来19年他在乐队的夏天的现场唱这首歌,神一样的存在 Continue reading No fear in my heart

冬季的星空

夏天的时候,我絮絮叨叨地写过一篇夏季的星空。当时曾说“冬天的星空也很美,下次如果能冬天去野外,再写冬天的星空”。今天终于可以补上了。Continue reading 冬季的星空

Lake Tahoe – 太浩湖

“蓝蓝的天空,青青的湖水。。。” 腾格尔的歌用来说Lake Tahoe也是很合适的。

因为隔离,出门旅行的人比平时少了很多很多倍,倒更见湖水的清澈深邃,可以安静地享受碧波万里,坐看山水相映,云卷云舒。Continue reading Lake Tahoe – 太浩湖

拉面

旅途中,突然想吃日本拉面店那种浓汤拉面,又没有面店开门,怎么办呢?一个办法就是赶快忘掉😅,还有一个办法,我今天试了一下,基本可以达到以假乱真。Continue reading 拉面

夏天的星空

找了个rental house,在“深山老林”里,晚上繁星满天。夏天的星空🌃是一年中最美的,可以看到完整的银河,还有很多著名的星座。所以,夏天一定要到野外去一趟。Continue reading 夏天的星空

Egg tart and Pies

Freshly baked egg tart, smells so good and tastes so good 😘

Bonus, the same dough can be used to make many other cookies, such as Apple Pie, Banana Pie, Sweetheart cake (I like this translation. In Chinese this is called 老婆饼),etc.

🍪Making the dough:

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 3tbsp butter, softed
  • 100ml water + 1tsp sugar + 1/3 tsp salt
    Mix and knead well.

With a rolling pin, roll into a rectangle shape, spread ~1.5tbsb softed butter evenly on top. Fold vertically for 3 layers, then fold horizontally for 3 layers (see pictures). Wrap in food wrapper, let it chill in the fridge for half an hour.

🏃‍♀️During this time, you can get some exercise and then come back 😉

🍪Take the dough out, gently press it to make it 2x of the size, then roll to a rectangle shape again. This time the shape is more narrow. spread ~1.5tbsb softed butter evenly on top. Fold horizontally for 3 layers (see pictures). Wrap in food wrapper, let it chill in the fridge for half an hour.

💃Go and relax for half an hour 🙂

🍪Take the dough out again. Similar as last step, gently roll it to a rectangle shape. This time wider and thiner.

Now you have two choices: use the dough all for egg tart (making ~18 tarts) or half egg tart half cookies. I chose the later. Cut the dough vertically to 2 piece. Half of it spread butter, and then roll it to a cylinder; the other half also spread with butter, and then fold horizontally for 4 layers. Wrap in food wrapper, let it chill in the fridge for an hour.

🧑‍🍳During this time, don’t go and relax, we need to prepare the filling:

🍥For the Sweetheart cake:

  • ~half cup well cooked red beans, slightly pressed.
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 2tbsp flour
    Mix well and let it chill in the fridge.

🥚For the egg tart:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar (this amount makes a not very sweet taste, you can add more or less based on your preference)
  • 3tbsp startch
    Mix well.

In a sauce pot, boil 1cup heavy cream, 2/3 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract. Watch the side of the pot, when you see bubbles starting to come out, turn off the heat. Don’t let it boil!

Pour the hot cream into the egg mix, mix well. Transfer the egg mix to a larger measure cup or some other container that is easy to pour the mix to egg tart mold later, using a sieve to remove the lumbs. Let it chill in the fridge.

🍌Prepare the banana filling at the last because of color change:

  • simply cup a banana to small pieces, and 1tsp sugar.

⌛Baking Time!

Preheat oven to 375f, roast setting (both up and bottom heat).

🥚For the egg tart:

  • Cut the dough to 9 pieces (for 2.6 inch egg tart molds, adapt according based on your mold size)
  • Put each piece in a mold. Use your fingers to gentally press and shape it to fit in the mold.
  • Pour the egg mix to each egg tart mold, fill about 85%
  • Bake for 25 minutes (may need to adjust based on your oven)

🍥🍌For the pies:

  • Roll the dough to rectangle shape again.
  • Cut out ~12 circle shapes
  • Make 6 sweetheart pie and 6 banana pie.
  • Brush with egg yolk, spread some sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 15 minutes (may need to adjust based on your oven)

😍 Time to enjoy!

If you can’t finish, the next day you can simply heat oven to 350f, and back for ~4 minutes.

重读《The Scarlet Letter 》

第一次读这本小说,是刚上初中那会儿。那时候非常有闲,没事就往区里的图书馆跑,“以旧换新”地抱一包书回来,当时挑中这本书一半是随机,一半是因为对书名好奇吧。可以想象,当时幼稚的我,是完全欣赏不了这本书的…

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