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While you are getting tangerine and kamquat for X’mas, get an extra portion of kamquat and preserve them.

 The Chinese believe that the salted kamquat is a natural remedy for any throat irritation or ailment.  Here is the recipe;

  1. soaked the kamquat in a bowl of water with a handful of salt for 10mins, washed, rinse and dry
  2. blanch the kamquat in boiling water (dont over cook them)
  3. put in a sieve and let dry for a day
  4. stir fried some ginger slices with salt
  5. place a layer of kamquat at the bottom of the jar, cover with a layer of sea salt
  6. repeat until the jar is full or when you run out of kamquat
  7. seal the top of the jar with a piece of a paper and tied it to the mouth of the jar
  8. place the jar in a cool dark dry place
  9. the kamquat will be ready in a couple of days, but as usual the longer it is kept, the better the effect
  10. to use; put a preserved kamquat in a cup, topped with boiling water and give the kamquat a squeeze with a spoon.

While typing this, I wonder if I should try a sweet version with cinnamon and sugar this year ….

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This paper cutout is a pair of candles on the wedding candle stand.  On the candle stand is the word double happiness “喜喜”, the two of them giving the joy of quadruple happiness!  Candles are a symbol of marriage, the word 花燭 Hua Zhu (flower candle) is synonymous with marriage.  These red wedding candles will be placed in the living room as well as the bedroom of the couple.  It is however interesting to know that the use of flower candles were initially for the bride’s family, to console the departure of their beloved daughter.

Amongst the unique pottery, you will also find Mountain Folkcraft’s collection at the Cobo Ceramic Workshop X’mas Sale.

COBO CERAMIC WORKSHOP
1/F Fortune Court, 33 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

5 – 9 Dec 2014 (Fri – Tue)
13:00-20:00

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In the old days, for a common Chinese family the ceramic items on the dowry list would include: one vase, a pair of blue and white double happiness jars, a pair of hat rest.  Inside of the jars would be placed dates and lotus seeds as a symbol of  adding a son for the family.