january wasn't a good cooking month for me. my heart wasn't in it. february is shaping up the same way. it's nothing bad, it's actually quite normal. when it gets frigid outside, i'm a lazy ass. i'd rather be snuggled under my flannel throw, reading or watching tv. further, i'm combatting a cold that just won't quit.
today is the first day of the new lunar year. finally, the ferocious Year of the Tiger is done, and the calmer Rabbit is taking its place. i have vowed to make 2011 more enjoyable, more positive and shit if i'm not about to kick some fucking Rabbit ass.
bring it sister.
Baked or Steamed Bánh Bao
adapted from Miss.Adventures at Home
my filling was leftover wonton filling that i had in the freezer. that tip about rolling the filling in flour prior to being wrapped in the dough: Golden. don't skip it.
i also used adult eggs, quartered, because i wasn't about to make a special trip for quail eggs, as cute as they are.
for the dough, i used light cream. it's what i had handy. it was my first time using self-rising flour. i did end up adding a few tablespoons of flour to un-stick-ify the dough.
i don't have a steamer, i had to macgyver a colander and pot. take that Fancy Steamers!
to bake, i preheated the oven to 350F and baked these parcels for about 20 minutes, until golden. if you think about it, egg wash would be good. i wasn't thinking.
these freeze well, wrapped individually. just pop in microwave for about 2-3 minutes & you've got breakfast.
happy new year, may this year be a lucky one, with good health and prosperity.