Today is the Mid-autumn Festival. Moon cakes are eaten only once a year around September in the Gregorian calendar.
Centre courts of shopping malls are converted to ancient Chinese villages with
lanterns in infinite colours to attract and entice us to buy boxes of these delicacies for family or as gifts.
These traditional cakes contain no butter or eggs but lotus paste from dried lotus seeds with
a whole salted duck egg in the centre.
For the uninitiated, I suggest just the plain lotus cake to start with. The salted duck egg in contrast to the sweetness of the cake is an acquired taste.
Here is Jocelyn and friends in Adelaide with their home-made moon cakes.
Starting with coloured dough, square and round moulds, and pattern tops, this group of friends bond together to
give the true message that moon cakes are not just food, but a celebration of togetherness.
These traditions keep a culture alive - that the Hungry Ghost Festival has ended and it is time
to celebrate the abundant autumn harvest with love ones under a bright new moon.