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Chinese New Year 2017

Today is the last day of the year of the Monkey.

It’s been a year of many ups and downs.

In case you missed any of it:

Warning: Contains the ‘F’ word. It’s British.

If they had waited a couple of more weeks, they could have added George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds onto the list. 😦

To mark the end of the Monkey and to usher in the Rooster, this is what we had:

Fish in Cheong Cheng Sauce

Fish in Cheong Cheng Sauce

Fried Noodles

Fried Noodles

Roast Duck (store bought)

Roast Duck (store bought)

Chinese Roast Pork (store bought)

Chinese Roast Pork (store bought)

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siew) -- I bought the mat and a packet of marinade powder (just add water and meat).

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siew) — I bought the meat and a packet of marinade powder (just add water and meat).

Top: Buk Choy with garlic and soy sauce Bottom: Chinese Broccoli with garlic and oyster sauce

Top: Buk Choy with garlic and soy sauce
Bottom: Chinese Broccoli with garlic and oyster sauce

Orange Cake

Orange Cake

Mark’s sister and husband, who just happen to be here for a couple of weeks joined us for dinner.

As per tradition, there was plenty of leftovers! And it all fit in the fridge — phew!

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!

Chinese New Year 2016

Chinese New Year is here again!

 

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Clockwise from far left:
* Fish in Assam Sauce (used packaged sauce)
* Chinese Roast Pork aka Siew Yoke (made from scratch!)
* Chinese Roast Duck (Chinese takeaway)
* Chinese BBQ Pork aka Char Siew (used packaged seasoning)
* Cabbage, carrot, wood ear, lily flower, glass vermicelli stir-fry
* Fried noodles
* Szechuan Eggplant

Oh, and the rice (MUST have rice!!) is just off on the right.

Yes, that is a lot of food for just the six of us. But, I think I cooked enough extra so that we would have the obligatory leftovers to take into the new year without it being too overwhelming. I know this because the leftovers all fit comfortably in the fridge! There have been times in the past when I went overboard and it was a struggle to find room in the fridge to fit the leftovers. Maybe I’ve gotten better at cooking the ‘right’ amount. And maybe also my kids are getting older and eating more.

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Red-and-Gold Fruit Salad: Watermelon, Raspberries, Strawberries, Red Grapes, Mango

 

Orange Chiffon Cake and Red-and-Gold Fruit Salad for dessert. The cake tastes a LOT better than it looks.

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Wishing you all a VERY Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year 2015

Today is the eve of the Lunar New Year and that means it is time for the Big Family Reunion Dinner. Mark and Jeremy were scheduled to go to a Little Athletics meeting tonight. Tomorrow night there is going to be a Twilight for Little Aths. Friday night the children have Youth Group and I have choir practice. It was beginning to look like our Reunion Dinner wasn’t going to happen.

Last year, Chinese New Year Eve fell on Thursday which also happened to coincide with a Twilight as well. I managed to whip up something last year.

On Monday, the guys learned that the committee meeting had to be rescheduled. This meant that CNY Dinner could go ahead!

 

Clockwise from top: Chinese Broccoli (kailan) with oyster sauce; Asparagus with Prawns; Prawn Crackers; Cabbage, Carrots, Glass Vermicelli Stir-Fry; BBQ Pork (Char Siew); Roast Pork (Siew Yoke); Roast Duck; Szechuan Eggplant and Tofu.

Centre: Fish with Cheong Cheng Sauce

Chinese New Year 2014

Wishing all my readers a very happy and prosperous Chinese new year!

We had a Twilight meeting for our Little Athletics on CNY Eve, which severely postponed our Dinner!  Fortunately, I cooked everything ahead of time, so all we had to do when we came home from sports was just to cook up the rice (I’m a rice-a-holic) and warm up the dishes. Dinner was very late (9:45PM!!), but since we didn’t have to worry about getting up early for school, I let it go.

CNY Eve Dinner 2014

CNY Eve Dinner 2014

Top row: Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce; Fish in Cheong Cheng Sauce (recipe here); Cabbage, Carrot, Lily Flower, Black Fungus Strips, Glass Vermicelli Stir-Fry

Bottom row: Roast Duck, Chinese Roast Pork, Chinese BBQ Pork (All Chinese take-away because I just couldn’t do it all in 30C heat.  And there was the sports meet to think about.  Yes, I’m a wimp. Superwoman I am not.)

For dessert:

Orange Chiffon Cake

Orange Chiffon Cake

Red Fruit Salad: Strawberries, Raspberries, Grapes, Watermelon

Red Fruit Salad: Strawberries, Raspberries, Grapes, Watermelon

Chinese New Year 2013

Fish with Ginger and Spring Onions

Fish with Ginger and Spring Onions

Homemade  Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

Homemade Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

Cabbage, Carrot, and Glass Vermicelli Stir-Fry

Cabbage, Carrot, and Glass Vermicelli Stir-Fry

Eggplant and Spring Onions

Eggplant and Spring Onions

Red Fruit Salad - Watermelon, Grapes, Strawberries, Raspberries

Red Fruit Salad – Watermelon, Grapes, Strawberries, Raspberries

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

 

Happy Chinese New Year to all my readers!

 

 

 

 

Chinese New Year Peanut Cookies

Many thanks to my friend Joyce who gave me this recipe! Many recipes out there for CNY Peanut Cookies call for roasting and grounding up peanuts.  This is an easy-peasy recipe that uses peanut butter.

Ingredients

  • 250g smooth peanut butter
  • 500g plain flour
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 10 Tbsp. oil

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Shape dough into teaspoonful-size balls.  Flatten slightly.
  3. Brush with egg wash (1 beaten egg).
  4. Bake at 150C for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes about 80.

I used the end of a small funnel to make the distinctive circles that are characteristic of these cookies.

I used the end of a small funnel to make the distinctive circles that are characteristic of these cookies.

Enjoy!

Chinese New Year 2012

Gong xi fa cai   to all my readers! Chinese New Year – a second chance at renewing those resolutions you made back in January 1. 😉

Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve, which is the day Chinese families have their Big Dinner.  Our family of six  had our feast as well.

Chinese New Year 2012 Spread

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Chinese New Year – Day One

The good news is I didn’t sweep or vacuum the house today.  It’s supposed to be bad luck, so I won’t complain.  Why it is bad luck is not clear to me. Apparently, if you sweep on New Year’s Day, you could be sweeping away good luck.  But dirt is bad, right? So, why can’t it be sweeping away bad luck?  Methinks perhaps someone who didn’t want to clean their house thought of this and put a bad-luck spin on it to make it sound authoritative.

The Chinese are known to be very superstitious.  There are lots of superstitions, but no one really knows their origin. ‘ We’ve always done it this way.’ ‘Well, I don’t really believe, but I think it is better to follow than to experience bad luck, just in case.’

Here is an interesting article about Chinese New Year superstitions.  I think it safe to say, if you are prone to fear and wanting to do the right thing lest you anger the gods, you’re better off NOT visiting that site.  The less one knows, the better.

Edited to add: 8:30pm. I caved.  The kitchen floor was dirty, so I swept up that bad stuff and put it in the bin.

Chinese New Year 2010

Yes, I know CNY was waaaaay back in February.  But, here at last, are pictures of the food we had for CNY Eve.

Top Row: Garlic Chives with Prawns, Fried Noodles, Stuffed Beancurd

Chinese New Year Eve Dinner - 2010

Top Row: Garlic Chives with Prawns, Fried Noodles, Stuffed Beancurd

Middle Row: Fish with Ginger and Spring Onions, Roast Duck

Bottom Row: Chinese Barbecue Pork (Char Siew), Prawn Crackers

It was a veritable feast for just the six of us!  🙂

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