Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 126
Chapter 126 Autumn Moon-Viewing
It was finally Yui Mei’s favorite season’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
They were blessed with fair weather this year. It was dusk, so there was still time before the rising of the full moon. Several lanterns lit the square in front of the dining hall.
The court ladies happily chatted while sitting around the tables that had been set up in that place.
Yui Mei was also there, sitting alone, and a feast distinctive of the Mid-Autumn Festival was spread on the table before her.
There were several types of mooncakes — ones filled with the chestnuts that she harvested during the several times that she volunteered to gather them, ones that were made based on the squash buns that she had seen at the food stall the other day, ones with sweet potato filling inside, and there were also several different mooncakes that Mei Na made with the help of Yui Mei.
These mooncakes were the size of a small palm unlike those giant ones that they made in the countryside. They were very convenient to eat.
There was also roasted duck aside from the mooncakes.
‘Mmm, all of them look so yummy!’
Yui Mei was filled with bliss at the pleasant view.
How elegant was it to be able to enjoy such good autumnal food while admiring the moon?
This was the first time Yui Mei experienced such a splendid autumn feast in this life. Mei Na made all of these, so Yui Mei couldn’t help but see her as a fairy from the moon.
Mei Na laughed when she saw her eyes glittering as she stared at the table.
“Hey, Ah Mei, don’t just stare at it and start eating.”
“Okay~ thanks for the food, let’s dig in!”
Mei Na urged on Yui Mei, so she immediately stretched her hand towards the table.
She started with the mooncakes that she also helped make.
The taste of the red bean taste wrapped in the smooth, fragrant skin was mellow, with the bits of chestnut giving it a great contrast. The sweetness was also on point.
“Yup, chestnut mooncakes are really delish～♪”
Yui Mei broke into a wide grin.
“I didn’t crush the chestnuts too much, so it’s a bit grainy. Tastes good, right?”
Mei Na also nodded while eating the chestnut mooncakes.
“These gourd moon cakes are also delicious, you know? Gourd fruit can be quite sweet after steaming, huh. I’ve only ever eaten the seeds, so it’s the first time I learned about this.”
Mei Na recommended the squash mooncakes that she tried making for the first time.
The filling was made from squash as it is, so it brought a nostalgic feeling to Yui Mei.
It’s Mei Na we’re talking about here, so she was probably thinking about whipping up more recipes for squash.
‘Mei Na, I hope you’ll discover squash pudding some day!’
Yui Mei’s mouth was filled with sweetness due to eating only mooncakes, so she also took some of the duck from time to time.
“You’re doing great, huh.”
Libin appeared, and he placed his bundle on the table.
“Oh, Lord Libin, happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you!”
Yui Mei extended her season’s greetings first.
“I pray that you enjoy the blessings brought about by the full moon.”
Libin returned the greeting, but it was too stylish.
“Libin, isn’t the Crown Prince’s Palace also celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival?”
Li Bin raised a brow at Yui Mei’s question.
“That’s over a long stretch of time, and I can’t stick around there all the time.”
‘Ohh, true, the big wigs are night owls, after all.’
Unlike the court ladies who had to sleep early in the evening, the Mid-Autumn Festival banquet over there probably hadn’t even started there.
Yui Mei was musing over it, when Libin offered the bundle that he brought.
“Here’s a present for you. We’re talking about you, so I thought that the more mooncakes you have, the better it is for you.”
Surprisingly, Libin also brought some mooncakes for her. As expected of Libin, he really knew Yui Mei too well.
She opened the package right away.
It contained a stylish box, and even the mooncakes inside were elegant.
‘This is probably from His Highness the Crown Prince.’
Libin could also obtain something like this on his own, but it was more probable that it was from him.
Nevertheless, being surrounded by mooncakes was truly such a blissful sight.
Yui Mei stuffed her cheeks with the mooncakes, while Mei Na recommended the mooncakes on the table to Libin.
“Libin, these are new products. Ah Mei wanted to eat mooncakes made from gourd fruit, so I made it based on that.”
“Oh, that’s something new, indeed.”
Libin took one of the squash mooncakes and bit it.
“Mm, it’s slightly sweet.”
“Right? So there’s a lot more to gourd.”
Libin and Mei Na nodded to each other. It seemed like squash’s popularity would increase steadily from now on.
And so, this place turned into a mooncake party.
“Is it alright if I join you this Autumn Moon Viewing?”
Yui Mei turned around when she heard a man’s voice. Yang carried a bundle, accompanied by Eunuch Du.
T/N: Fake eunuchs want to join in on the fun! XD
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