‘Why is the yolk of the egg yellow?’
My 3-year old son asked as he broke the egg into the mixing bowl for chin-chin.
‘Well sweetie, what the mother hen eats determines the color of the yolk, I guess she ate a lot of yellow maize sweetheart’ I explained.
‘So could we give mother hen some red, blue and orange gummy bears so that her yolk will be like the rainbow mummy?’
‘Well, mother hen shouldn’t be eating gummy bears anyway’, I answered!
‘Because she’ll hurt her teeth?’, my daughter asked.
‘No my love, mother hen has no teeth’? I respond laughing now.
And the questions just kept coming as we whisked eggs, kneaded and cut pastry making chin-chin on a day before Christmas.
‘When are we baking chin-chin mum?’ my daughter asked me first thing on Christmas eve. I had promised that we will do this year’s Christmas baking days ago. Last year, I didn’t make chin-chin because I just had baby number 3. Thank goodness mum came from home to assist me and brought a tone – literally. So we were good.
So what’s chin-chin?
Not familiar with chin-chin? Well let me introduce you to the most common and insanely delicious snack or ‘small chop’ made in almost every African home especially in Cameroon and Nigeria for celebrations, parties or just to serve guests at home. It is a sweet pastry treat made from flour, sugar, butter, eggs and flavored with vanilla. You can find the recipe to the crunchiest and most flavorful chin-chin recipe HERE! You’ve definitely got to try this out. Cross my heart, you’d love it. Promise! 🙂
Caught in the Christmas cheer
I had promised the kids we will be making chin-chin together this year at least a week before Christmas. I guess I forgot I was now a mum of 3 and mum had long travelled back home. The 3rd advent week was a really busy one for me. My choir had a concert scheduled this December and we had been rehearsing for months. Le hubs and I had been mentoring some new converts (friends who made the decision to surrender their lives to Jesus) which called for extra sittings and long hours on the phone, encouraging and praying for some of them. With all of this combined, the promise to make chin-chin with my kids didn’t cross my mind untill my 5-year old almost got me deaf with her tantrums.
A fun-filled learning moment
So here we were on Christmas eve in the morn, ready to get our hands dirty. This is going to be a first baking experience with the kids, so I was committed to making this not only a learning but a fun-filled and enjoyable moment together as a family. And indeed, we had a ton of fun and lot’s of laughs. It is amazing how curious kids are and how much they can learn from making a simple treat like chin-chin.
They wanted to make chin-chin of all shapes, so we decided to make shapes that reflect Christmas. And boy were they thrilled to cut out stars, hearts, and bells among other shapes. When asked what shaped they liked best, both said ‘a star, because we are the light of the world shinning bright for the world to see’. To say I was so proud is an understatement.
Indeed it was such a wonderful time spent with the kids and I definitely would be doing this more often next year. Talking about next year, I have some amazing things coming up which I would give you insight on when I post about my 2016 and forecast for 2017 in the next post.
How did you spend Christmas and what are your plans for 2017? Would love to hear from you in the comments area below. Meanwhile make the best of the last week of 2016. It’s not too late to finish up that project or at least get some stuff on your to-do list done.Have a wonderful week and remained blessed.