Saturday, August 8, 2009

~Scent of Green Papaya ...Week-End

For this week-ends movie dear bloggers I give you Scent of Green Papaya a Vietnamese movie about a young girl, Mui, that becomes a servant for a rich family. The family consists of a frequently absent husband, a wife and two young boys. When the husband leaves, he takes all the household's money. As Mui grows up, the family falls on hard times, and eventually she becomes a servant for a pianist who befriends the family. That man is engaged to be married, but he prefers playing the piano to spending time with his fiance. One night, after blowing off his fiance yet again, the pianist sleeps with Mui. The engagement is broken off. The pianist starts teaching Mui how to read. A pregnant Mui reads to her unborn child.

And to eat...
Scent of Papaya Tarts

Papaya Filling

* 3 cups papayas (1 large or two medium Papaya)
* 2 cups sugar
* 3 tablespoons lime juice (about 4 limes)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
* 2 tablespoons margarine
* 1 pinch salt


* 4 cups flour
* 4 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/4 cups margarine
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 1/3 cups milk




Peel your pawpaw and remove the seeds. Cut up into chunks roughly 1 square inch. Place Papaya in a pot. Cover with water, add salt, cover the pot, and boil until soft.

When done, drain off the water and cool. Use a cook spoon to mash and force the papaya through a strainer.

Squeeze the limes and add the juice. Be careful to not add any seeds. Stir in margarine, vanilla, and cinnamon(or nutmeg).

Add 1 1/2 cup of sugar, stir, and taste. Slowly add remaining sugar to your taste. I use the entire 2 cups because I like it very sweet. You may not. Mix well and set aside.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Pie Crust:.

Measure out and combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Use a fork to cut the butter into the flour. To cut, you simply mash the margarine into small pieces while mixing in the flour. Cut and mix until the small pieces of butter are more or less spread out in the flour.

Stir sugar in the milk. Pour sweetened milk into flour mixture. Fold milk into flour evenly.

Use your hands to gather dough into a ball. Place on lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into four pieces. Use a rolling pin to flatten each piece of dough.

Divide it into two sections for easy handling. Roll the dough out flat on a lightly floured surface as shown in the photo. Use a large round cookie cutter to cut the dough into circles.

Spoon the filling in to the center of the dough and fold over. Seal the edges with a fork.

Grease and flour a cookie sheet. Place the tarts on the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (about 20-25 minutes.)