It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival here in Hong Kong, celebrating the full moon which symbolizes unity in Chinese culture. Taking place on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month every year, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time come to come together with family and friends and share thanks for the fall harvest. “May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, even if we are hundreds of miles apart,” says the romantic Chinese poem. It kind of reminds me of Thanksgiving in the United States, because it’s traditionally a time for family gatherings, sharing food with one another, and being thankful.
I’m still hanging onto the last bit of the summer heat in Hong Kong, but lately I’ve been having a bit of a Harry Potter marathon which really is getting me into the autumn mood. It’s the spookiness and magic of it all that reminds me of Halloween and gets me excited. Whenever I think of witches and wizards and pumpkins and magic, I think of Halloween which makes me think of fall. Is that a weird train of thought?
I can’t wait to make all sort of comfort food, like this bowl of roasted carrots with rice in zingy tumeric sauce and these banoffee pie bites (all vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free, of course). Autumn is a time for cozy sweaters, flannel shirts, cozy dinner parties, and twinkle lights. I definitely wish I could throw a little potluck of my own, but for now I’ll just be cooking up a storm for my boyfriend in our apartment. Tonight, for example, I experimented with making veggie burgers and ended up with the best sweet potato veggie burgers ever. I’m hoping to be able to share the recipe with y’all soon! Until then, here’s to hoping for more movie marathons, colder weather, and a whole lot of yummy food.