Growing up in Australia, I never had a Halloween.
I know, the struggle is real.
It wasn’t until 20-odd years later that I got the chance to celebrate: dressing up, eating until I couldn’t feel my face, and making terrifying desserts.
It was also the first time I got to carve up a pretty pumpkin!
So when my Mandarin teacher mentioned that a tradition in China is to make “fruit lanterns” for the Mid-Autumn Festival, well, I was on board to say the least.
She did, however, add that it was a tradition for children, but shut-up brain, I’m having fun.
So now with a dull knife in one hand and a giant pomelo in the other – let’s get cracking!
Don’t cut all the way down – leave about 10cm on either side.
You can use a knife and spoon but I just ended up using my hand as it’s a lot easier.
I also carved out an owl. It started as a rabbit…