traditional

Ghost month party

In the seventh month of the lunar calendar, I remember my grandmother would always prepare a table of delicious food, and offer a meal to the ghosts. The ghosts or spirits included our family's ancestors, the gods of the land, and any other lesser ghosts that dwelled in the area – all were invited.

However, as a small child, I honestly had great doubts about this tradition. I watched very carefully, but I wasn't so sure if the ghosts and spirits really came to eat the meal. Every time, my grandmother would put all the food out nicely on the table, but as far as I could see there was no sign that the ghosts were eating it. In fact, it looked like it hadn't been touched at all.

White Radish Cake

White radish cakePreparing the rice mixture
1 cup long grain-rice, cleaned
2 cups water
2 teaspoon of corn flour

Instruction
1. Soak the cleaned rice in 2 cups of water for 6 hours, or overnight.
2. Place the rice and water in a food processor. Blend the mixture at high speed until it's very smooth.
3. Add the corn flour into the rice mixture, and mix well.

Sweet Sticky Sesame Dumplings

This a traditional Chinese dish eaten during Lantern Festival in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. Actually, they're so good you can (non-traditionally) eat them any time you want.

Ingredients

1 cup glutinous rice flour (sticky rice flour)
half cup of water
sesame powder mixed with a little water
sugar to taste
finely powdered peanut

How to make it

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