In Vietnamese and Chinese culture, the Moon Festival (also known as Lunar Festival or Mid - Autumn festival) is a time to spend with family and gather around delicious food. It is held on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar, so this year it is on the 27th of September. This was definitely one of my favourite times of the year growing up. Friends and family would come to visit, gifting each other different varieties of delicious moon cakes (known as Banh Trung Thu) which had green bean paste, red bean paste, taro paste or mixed nuts & seeds with ham inside. Each cake had one or two salted duck yolks inside representing the moon and making the perfect combination of sweet & salty! My all time favourite was the mixed nuts & seeds and I am really excited to share this healthy version of moon cake for the lunar festival this year.
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
This is my version of mum's Vietnamese Bo Kho. We grew up eating this spicy tomato beef stew with crusty Vietnamese bread or vermicelli noodles. I now have it on its own with lots of carrots, white radish and fresh Vietnamese herbs or over a bowl of spiralised veggies like zucchini noodles. The beef is normally simmered on the stove for an hour or until it is tender, but using the pressure cooking you just throw everything in and set the timer for 30 minutes!
|Pressure Cooker Vietnamese Bo Kho (Beef Tomato Stew)|