Blossoming Tea, Rice Cakes,& Gratefulness on Korean Harvest Festival   
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Lotus Flower Tea
Green tea leaves
Boiled water,
cooled to 70ºC
Lotus flower
Lotus leaves for decorating

Flower Songpyeon
900 grams rice powder
200 milliliters hot water
½ cup cape jasmine water
¼ cup cactus powder
¼ cup mugwort powder
Soybean Filling
500 grams edamame
½ teaspoon salt
Sesame Filling
20 grams sesame seeds
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Pine needles for steaming

Directions (to make Blossoming Tea):

  1. Placing the centerpiece in the bowl
  2. Cut the central part of the lotus leaf and also put on the bowl
  3. Placed the lotus flower bud on the centerpiece that extend above the lotus leaf
  4. Put the green tea in the teakettle
  5. Boiled water, cooled to 70ºc, then poured into the kettle
  6. Wait until green tea is well brewed, and pour it on the lotus leaves
  7. Ready to serve (first, place the cup on your left hand, softly, hold the cup, wrapping your hand around it. Bring it to your eye level. First, enjoy its color. Next, smell its fragrance. Then, sip it three times.)

Directions (to make rice cakes/songpyeon):

  1. Grind the rice
  2. Peel the edamame, use the inside part only
  3. Peel edamame young green beans and mix them with ½ teaspoon of salt
  4. Mix the sesame seeds with 2 tablespoons of sugar and ½ teaspoon of salt
  5. Put hot watter into the grinded rice and mixed it
  6. Mix the ingredients one by one and make it into four colors (white color, cape jasmine water, cactus powder, and mugwort powder)
  7. Take a small amount of the dough and make it round
  8. Flatten it a bit with your finger, and make a circle out of it
  9. Put the filling inside a little bit then wrap it, seal these two sides together
  10. Garnish it with beautiful flowers
  11. After finished making them all. So, we just need to steam them now
  12. In a steamer, put a layer of pine needles, and then put a layer of songpyeons on top (the pine needles also have a preservative effect)
  13. Ready to serve

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