Yesterday was the Autumn equinox, and a good friend emailed to suggest I get some moon cakes.
I don't need any excuse to have a tea party, so off I went to Sheng Kee's Bakery in Cupertino, in pursuit of the little brown pies. I returned with a selection of mini moon cakes: nuts, pineapple, and lotus seeds, and these are traditionally eaten in celebration of the Mid Autumn Equinox, also known as the Moon Festival.
As the sun set, I cooked Chinese food, in keeping with the theme, and as it started to get dark, we illuminated lanterns and brewed jasmine tea. We joined our neighbors around their fire pit, to watch the fat, bright harvest moon rise behind the mountains. Incense was burned - to honor the Gods, and its rich pungent smoke swirled around us and up into the fronds of the redwood trees.
The pictures are of my dinner - before I ate it! And the moon cakes (and panda cookies for the kids!)
And my neighbors, with one of their daughters and My Marli, on her lap!
Good fortune to all!