Let’s bake Mooncakes


It’s that time of year again… buying overpriced mooncakes! Not this year.

Although the pandemic has been a bit stressful and living in Melbourne means we were under some pretty strict lockdown rules, I was pretty happy to hear that those living on their own could nominate a social buddy to come visit… and so I became Lynn’s buddy! One of the first things we decided to do upon meeting after many months of not seeing each other was attempt to make mooncakes.

My mum used to make mooncakes when I was younger, and she still tells me about the trials and tribulations she went through trying to get the mooncake out of the old school wooden paddle. Luckily for us, I managed to procure these plastic moulds from deep within my cupboard (something my mum bought when she decided she had enough of the wooden paddle, but then discarded the plan altogether).


Sharing my mum’s woes with Lynn, we were both a bit apprehensive about making mooncakes but were determined to give it a go. Upon reflection, the hardest thing about this whole endeavour was getting an accurate ratio of pastry: filling: egg, especially since we had purchased the lotus paste (we did not have the time to make this, although maybe next time?) and the salted egg yolk.


We were quite aware (and slightly stressed after remembering my mum’s troubles) that the mould that we had wasn’t quite traditional and thus, were very proud of ourselves when we were able to recall high school algebra to determine the perfect weight required for each pastry, filling and egg. This was a particularly rewarding moment for us, as we actually became friends in a shared math class.. 12 years ago!

It was going so well, until we decided to follow a certain questionable recipe that recommended us to egg wash the pastry a couple of times during the baking process. This unfortunate step caused us to lose the detail from our beautiful rose mould, which resulted in a less than desirable pattern, but alas… it still tastes good.


When planning to make mooncakes, we didn’t realise that it needed to “rest” for a couple of days. We were most sad that we couldn’t enjoy the culmination of our hard work together, so decided to try one straight out of the oven anyway – it still tasted great, although a bit more crispy. I then, painstakingly, hid my share of mooncakes for 3 days before revealing them to family (lest they eat them) and took the photo above.

The waiting game was meant to create a glossier and softer skin, which I think it achieved? It still tasted just as delicious to me, and was devoured quickly by my family!

Snow skin next time?

Iso Date ♥


2020 has been a little bit of an odd year for all of us – time seems to move slowly, yet it’s already September?

Although I’m not too outgoing myself, being at home week after week does have it’s drawbacks. What I really miss is being able to go out and dine in at different restaurants…and also eating at restaurants that’s more than 5km away from my house! The one benefits of course is that Ragnar gets to spend all our free time with us, and join us on all our adventures… like our iso picnic date last month!

I actually received the above picnic basket for my birthday a couple of years ago, and this is the first time we’ve “used it” as all the picnics we’ve gone on so far have been packed by other people!


The above grazing board consists of salami, pastrami, prosciutto and a selection of cheese from Meatsmith.

I had a lot of fun trying to recreate all those #instaworthy grazing boards you see online, and even made the effort to go out to buy grapes and olives specifically for this photo! We decided to go all out and even crack open a sparkling wine from Balgownie Estate that I had been holding on for a special occasion.

Eating off a board (that isn’t really quite big enough) was quite difficult, so you can rest assured that we did eventually just move to the table (to save myself from having to clean the picnic blanket I got from Yoplait)

This was a great use of our Saturday afternoon and a delicious one at that too.

(Spot the old blog posts references!)


Big Bang: Honey Butter McNight


No doubt that we’ve all been trying out new things during lockdown, and I’ve been no different.

I saw this wonderful video from Big Bang: Happy Together years ago, and I’ve been dreaming about Daesung’s Honey Butter McNight ever since. I’ve tried looking for Hotteok (honey pancakes) in various Korean grocers over the years, but was unsuccessful until recently when I stumbled across them in the fridge section in the Korean Grocer that is less than a 1 minute walk from my work (whaaaaat??). Of course, I bought them immediately and made this surprisingly delicious snack.

In the clip, Daesung names this dish ‘Honey Butter McNight‘ due to the taste resemblance to Maccas, and it being a naughty late night snack after going out clubbing. Being in a pandemic (and me never going clubbing usually..), I just had it for breakfast/brunch,  but the combination of the egg and cheese did remind me of a sweet Sausage McMuffin, and it makes sense why people might enjoy this after a night of fun.

If you’re too lazy to watch the video, you can make this with these simple ingreidents:

2 x Hotteok Pancakes, warmed in the pan with butter
Egg, ideally cooked in an egg ring with butter
Cheddar Cheese (or plastic American cheese)
Honey for drizzling inside and on top
Black Pepper, to really give it an extra kick

Stack it all together and you’ve got a really delicious (but unhealthy) snack ♥

If you find hotteok in your local store, I definitely recommend you giving this a shot, because it is just as tasty as the Happy Together crew say it is (be generous with the black pepper!)