I did follow my plan of making har gao, chive and pork dumplings, and lumpia Shanghai. They turned out amazing. These are the pork and chive dumplings (triangle) and har gao (little bundles):
Here are the lumpia Shanghai:
When I sent these pictures to A, she responded, “Totally impressed by your dim sum spread. Suzy’s Dim Sum Palace.” I love thinking of my house as Suzy’s Dim Sum Palace.
I have already had to order more of the tapioca flour and wheat starch so I can make them again. They were definitely a big success. The pork and chive dumplings are easier to shape than the har gao, and they are both delicious. Cooking win!
I am pleased to announce that Redbeard has finally been caught! I am less pleased to announce that he was caught in the environs of the family estate, which is the first driveway after the “doughnut shop” referred to in the press. For fans of Krispy Kremes and Dunkin’ Donuts, don’t get too excited. Rather than a pastry emporium, the Doughnut Shop in Hooterville is actually a big pull out where kids do doughnuts in their cars. It’s also a favored place for miscreants to deposit their heavily-used RVs and furniture, instead of taking said objects to the dump*. So maybe it makes sense that he was caught at or near such a hotbed of local crime. I’m just glad that he was not caught on the family property itself, and that no one was hurt. I hope we can go back to our sleepy, low-to-no-crime existence again.
*Speaking of the dump, the guy who works there posts some hilarious stuff about his job there on Facebook. You’re welcome.
A YEAR AGO: Heater problems. Appliances hate me. I am pleased to announce that the heater is still working. So far.
FIVE YEARS AGO: A happy Halloween with Jessica. I miss those days, and I miss her.
TEN YEARS AGO: A country Saturday.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO: City scenes.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: I have never been a fan of this twice yearly time change nonsense.