It’s time for women to have some happy hours over food again while husbands are at work. This is again another lunch where all of us really enjoyed ourselves…….joking, teasing, exchanging information and enjoying all the delicacies that each one brought. There is no doubt that food and friends are always closely connected. Food connects people together and builds friendship.
The highlight of the lunch was Taiwanese Beef Noodles cooked by our sweet friend, May, who came from Taiwan. She is the one who gave me the Taiwanese Pineapple Tarts recipe, even translated it from Mandarin to English when she found that I couldn’t read mandarin. She is really a very friendly and sweet lady. I will always cherish her kindness and helpfulness.
This is the popular Taiwanese Beef Noodles that May cooked for all of us, 13 altogether. I must say that’s the best beef noodles that I have eaten. The beef was very tender, the soup was very tasty, the bok choy was still crunchy and the noodles were just the right texture. There’s also this special spicy bean sauce that gives the noodles an extra punch when added to the soup. It takes you to cloud 9 instantly! This beef noodle soup was so good that the taste still seems to linger in my thoughts and mouth. I would really want to eat that again.
There was a lot of delicious food to eat as each one brought at least a dish. All of us must have over eaten. I just wonder if anyone was still able to take dinner. I couldn’t. These are just a few of the dishes that we had.
I got up early in the morning to make these pineapple tarts so they were really fresh when I brought along. It was a lot of work so I only managed to make enough for everyone to have one as I also made the mochi balls. I didn’t use May’s pineapple tarts recipe this time. May’s recipe is very good but I realise that I need to bake them together with the metal moulds to hold the shapes as the pastry is very fine and soft. I hope to find the moulds one day, soon.
These mochi balls, also called daifuku, that I made are filled with sweet peanut powder. The skin is made from glutinous rice flour. Another friend also brought mochi balls but she used mung bean paste as the filling. There are many types of fillings that can be used. Sometimes I use adzuki bean paste also. Wrapping the dish with cling film while it’s still slightly warm spoiled the look. They are supposed to look white like snow. Well….I was rushing and couldn’t wait for them to cool down completely.
This is one of my favourite desserts, one which I often cook at home. It is sweet potatoes (my favourite) and yam (also called taro) cooked in coconut cream. This dessert was cooked by my friend. She added ginger to it to give it extra flavour. I cooked it differently. I don’t add ginger but I added screwpine leaves, also called pandan, for it’s beautiful fragrance. To learn how to cook this simple, easy and delicious dessert, click here.
Of course one of the main topic of interest was my friend’s baby who is now 7 weeks. He was only 3 weeks when I took a picture of him then (click here). Oh…he has grown much bigger now and is just so adorable. He smiles a lot and that brought so much cheer to everyone around.
It was such a wonderful time that we had together while our husbands were at work and the kids were at school. Lunch together is undeniably a great way to make women happy. There’s always so much to eat and so much to learn from each other, apart from all the side-splitting jokes and stories. Everyone is looking forward to another women’s happy hours lunch. We need such good breaks every now and then.
When is the last time you joined such a gathering? What food did you have? What did you cook? What would you cook for the next gathering? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Other get-together over food that you may be interested in:
Asian Dinner Menu For 6
Women’s Happy Hours While Husbands Work
Oriental Party Food
Good Food And Good Friend
Food And Friends Bring Happiness
Family Lunch Happy Hours
Quote of the day……
”A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love.”