Thursday, September 23, 2010

Moon cakes and magic!

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!


  1. Looks like a positively lovely evening, everything, equinox, incense, moon cakes, fire, friends and family... what more could one possibly want ?

    It's been ages since I've been here, saw your note at Laurie's, thought I'd drop by... and noticed my Fibber's Tavern sign in your sidebar in the list of blogs... Thank you for that honor... If you've dropped in once in a while I hope you've enjoyed whatever you might have glanced at.

  2. That all sounds wonderful. I would definately like a firepit.