You’ve already spent New Year’s
plopping carrot sticks into a cool ranch dip and swiping far too many
pigs-in-blankets than you care to remember in between sips of champagne.
For Lunar New Year 4702, try something a little more exotic as you usher
in the year of the quick-tempered, energetic Monkey.
Also known as the “spring festival” for the fertile earth
springing back to life, Chinese New Year is a two-week celebration of
good fortune marked by the mythological dragon sashaying his way through
vibrant parades and tasty traditional dishes. Around-the-clock family
visits are an essential part of this holiday and houses are prepared
for guests. Trays filled with an assortment of meaningful dried candies
are there to greet you. Reach for a lychee nut for strong family relationships
or a coconut for togetherness. Rooms are decked out with striking touches
of red, symbolic of happiness, while colorful blooming plants, symbolic
of rebirth, climb the walls.
With its off-putting color of white, meaning death and misfortune, you
won’t find tofu or fresh bean curd on the menu during Chinese New
Year. However, whole chickens and whole fish dishes suggesting completeness
are often consumed, while sweet oranges and tangerines aplenty are found
for their joy-inducing qualities and wishes for secure relationships.
Spruce up your own kitchen with a red paper lantern and whip up this
simple recipe for a festive spin that’s sure to get your new year
off to a blissful start.