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Teru teru bōzu 晴天娃娃 (Japanese: 照る照る坊主、てるてる坊主; literally “shine shine monk”) is a little traditional handmade doll made of white paper or cloth that Japanese farmers began hanging outside of their window by a string. In shape and construction they are essentially identical to ghost dolls, such as those made at Halloween. This amulet is supposed to have magical powers to bring good weather and to stop or prevent a rainy day. “Teru” is a Japanese verb which describes sunshine, and a “bōzu” is a Buddhist monk (compare the word bonze), or in modern slang, “bald-headed”; it is also a term of endearment for addressing little boys.
I like the idea of a 晴天娃娃, how it symbolize that the good days are coming. So far I’ve crochet to giveaway 3 and send one to a dear fren in Beijing.
Here is my 3rd one! I love the blue color, I shall crochet a pink one for myself soon!
The pattern is available here
Cashew Nut Cookies, a hot favourite! With a high proportion of grounded cashew nut, every bite is so flavourful.
Not in the picture are the usual Butter Cake and Kueh Lapis.
The good old pineapple tarts. I remember start my pineapple tarts journey with the open tarts and move on to the closed tarts. Finally this year after completing all my orders, I manage my precious 2 trays of the pineapple tarts. I like the crispy tart base and the slightly chew pineapple filling once it’s baked.
About pineapple pastry, the foundation ingredients is good butter, use the best you could afford, I’ve been sticking with non other than SCS Salted Butter this while, I start “saving” them when it’s near to Chinese New Year and there is a promo going on. Also use good vanilla extract and not essence, a little goes a long way. I personally prefer to use bean paste, just love the little bean pods!
Flour used will affect the texture of your pastry as it’s a main component. Take a good look and feel the texture of the flour the next time you buy from different brand!
A little on your tart pastry – it’s not a dough so do not knead it. Once you’ve all the ingredients in, just combine to form a dough, lightly knead it just a few times to ensure the ingredients are well distributed. And it’s alright to prepare your dough in advance, once the dough is ready, I put them into a plastic bag and keep them in the fridge (not chiller, not freezer compartment if you are using it within 2 days). Bring the dough out a few hours before you start using them.
For now I have given all trays a good wash and ready to keep while I go back to my small quantity baking!
After fulfilling all orders, it’s play time! Gotten this Ingot mould and decided to give it a try. And these are huge at 20g each, and if you are to fill it right to the brim, it’s probably going to weight 24g. So I wish the mould is 20% smaller and the curvatures are much deeper. Nevertheless it’s hassle free to use, roll it round, tuck into the mould, press to shape and lightly push it out.
They are individually top with edible gold foil for the festive!
I pick up crochet again recently after looking for a cover for my iPad AIR. And after looking around, I decide I will make my own!
With the crochet needle and yarn on hand, I venture into Amigurumi after seeing how cute they are! Youtube is certainly a good channel to learn visually and for crochet, it really help to see “action”! My first baby owl Amigurumi was “born”, I’ve since make a few of them to giveaway! This free pattern is available from Josephine Wu.
A little history of amigurumi from Wikipedia. Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture. Amigurumi first started appealing to the masses in 2003.
Look out for my next post on my next project and my journey into the crochet world! I can’t wait for my next box of yarn and more tools to arrive, in the meantime let me get back to the kitchen and start baking all the chinese new year cookies!