February 14th is especially auspicious this year--not only is it Valentine's Day but it also marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year. It may be 2010 on our Western calendar but according to some Chinese scholars we're entering the year 4707! Food and family are at the center of the 2 week celebration and everything eaten has a specific meaning: uncut noodles for longevity, kumquats, clementines and oranges for wealth and good fortune, eggs for fertility and whole fish or chicken for prosperity. Cakes, both sweet and savory, are eaten to symbolize family unity. I'm thinking of making the traditional New Year's cake, called Neen Gow, from Grace Young's The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen. What about you? How will you ring in the Year of the Tiger? What foods bring you luck?
February 10, 2010
Year of the TigerPosted by Dawn Perry
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