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October 15, 2021
This month's newsletter came out almost 2 weeks late. My apology that my family and I were fighting with COVID during this time and still recovering from it. It taught me a great lesson that life is too short. Anything could have happened with a blink of an eye. Of course, mental and physical health is very important. But we can't expect that we have great health overnight. It needs daily nurturing.
With that said, I am ready to get back to normal and get baking and cooking. How about you?
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Baking Soda and Powder Are NOT Expired
You may have heard the pros say this all the time, “Make sure your baking soda and baking powder is not expired.”
I didn’t believe it at first until I personally experienced several times of the setback because either one of them was expired.
Funny that you don’t see a huge difference or your bake goods still taste as good as always. Everything is still edible. The texture of the baked stuff is different. It could be as simple as the cakes doesn’t rise up, but just flat. Sometimes, everything shows the same as it has always been.
Several times when I tried to roll my pumpkin roll, it cracked. Due to the expiration of the baking soda and baking powder, the cake didn’t rise to the right level, it cost the cake roll.
So, before doing any baking during the holiday season, double check to make sure that both baking soda and baking powder in your pantry are still good.
Cantonese Pronunciation: Fa Jiu Ba Kok
The above Chinese words are Cantonese writing of Star Anise. Mandarin is called and written very differently. Mandarin calls it as "bājiǎo huíxiāng".
This is a very commonly used spice in Chinese cuisines. And majority of time would use it as a whole instead of grounded powder form.
It is used in soup and dessert. Mostly one whole star anise is the quantity. A common Chinese dessert called red bean soup uses it.
Chinese brisket sometimes would have a whole star anise as an ingredient.
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Pumpkin Spice BreadIf you love everything with pumpkin, you will fall head over heels on this recipe. Using canned pumpkin and different spices, the result and compliments you are going to get, “Wow! Did you use the fresh pumpkin to make it? Can you share the recipe please?”
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Be Safe and HealthyLet's end this month's newsletter with this Bible verse.
Psalm 32:10 - Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
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