Happy New Year! 2021 has been an incredibly hectic year for me. A main reason I have not been active here since April. In May, my husband and I left our beloved Hong Kong, our second home that we had lived for over a decade. I’d always moved a lot, and never lived anywhere longer than 4 years until I moved to our 58th floor flat in the west side of Hong Kong Island. Our flat with a stunning view of Hong Kong’s skyline and harbour was my 23rd home, and I had lived there for over 11 and a half years. Leaving Hong Kong was as hard as I expected but leaving my close friends was much harder than I imagined.
I have never been a huge bread person. Probably because I grew up eating rice, and we had no oven (Koreans didn’t use to bake much). Also my grandma always told me that bread is hard to digest and I would have tummy ache if I ate too much of it. (She loves the baked goods now though, especially sweet fluffy cakes :-)). So naturally I am not much of a baker, especially the sweet kind. I made a chicken pie and a flat bread long time ago, but I didn’t enjoy the process enough to go back to baking for some reason. My husband on the other hand, grew up eating tones of amazing cakes, pies and cookies made by his mom. He is also an excellent baker himself and has been taking care of the dessert department for all our dinners and parties for years. Only recently I started to bake sweet things, just out of curiosity and of course, ‘The Great British Bake Off’. (If there is anyone out there who hasn’t watched the show yet, start right now!) My first attempt was a disaster at best, I really didn’t know what I was doing or baking. Continue reading Sweet nutty fruity banana, date and fig loaf