This year we’re celebrating the Lunar New Year with a few of our favorite Asian-style cuisines! From pork pot stickers served with a spicy soy dipping sauce, steamed salmon and even fresh seaweed rolls, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
“The world under heaven, after a long period of division, tends to unite; after a long period of union, tends to divide. This has been so since antiquity,” Luo Guanzhong remarked in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
The quote, while certainly spoken in a much different context, that of an empire at war with itself, I can’t help viewing the words in a perhaps more metaphoric context – that of the cycle of renewal. Today, that cycle, especially as regards the human experience, is often referenced as a proverbial “pendulum” that invariably, and alternately, must swing in both directions.
This, of course, cuts directly to the Chinese New Year’s celebration coming up this February 8th. As with any New Year’s celebration, the hope for good fortune, a forward view to renewal, and reawakening is at the fore. From the time my son was in grade-school we’ve always celebrated Chinese New Year, and always with a selection of close childhood friends.
Being who and what I am, these gatherings always revolved around food, and copious amounts of decorating. However, as is often the case, childhood friends rarely last long into adulthood, and this year we decided to revive our New Year’s celebrations, albeit with a slew of new faces, and just a few new recipes for added measure.
For example, in years passed we used to steam whole snappers, and prepare them as the centerpiece of our tablescape. This year, however, we decided to go a bit more ‘gourmet,’ and just a tad bit more traditional, preparing salmon with fresh ginger, Kikkoman soy sauce, and diced spring onions. This would be the ‘center’ of the meal, and we would build around it.
However, what is a truly good meal without a presentation to match? To complete our New Year’s celebration, I decorated our dining room in clashing red and gold tones, Chinese lanterns, and decorative Asian dinnerware. The end result wasn’t just a delicious, and festive meal, but one that had the atmosphere to match.
What are some of your plans for Chinese New Year? What are some of your favorite traditions? We would love to hear from you.
Enjoy with Love,
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