HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL
A prayer for the lost lives in MH tragedies, a prayer for souls of our loved ones and a time to pray and burn offerings to appease the souls of those roaming spirits..
My family gathered together for the festival dinner and prayers on Saturday and the unspoken rule was everyone suppose to bring a dish to help ease the burden of the hosting family to cook for such a big group.
Initially we did get some new dishes to tantalize our tastebuds.. Then due to time constraits (excuse - not free!) and loss of creativity, pre-ordered/bought meals soon make their appearances on the table.
I could tried to cook a dish whenever possible (though most of time it did not meet their approval or suit their taste) or at least bring a cake or dessert.
On Saturday, due to some miscommunication, we have 4 Roasted Ducks (all bought by my sisters and sister in law) and my Salted Duck Salad for dinner.
This way, the duck fats are rendered out and I get crispy skin and grilled meat, not so oily for the salad.
My simple dressing... extra virgin olive oil, ground salt and black pepper, Herbs de provence (which I get from Paris), truffle oil, lemon juice and a dash of Djion mustard of course.
I had earlier prepared the purple cabbage, carrot, cucumbers and celery (all julienned) and just before dinnertime, assemblied the salad with cherry tomatoes and sliced salted duck and tossed with the dressing.
I was glad that this time all the salad were devoured with great enthusiasm!