New Year New Food: Culture One Holiday at a Time

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This Saturday is Chinese New Year. Holidays present the opportunity to embrace different cultures and food. Hence, New Year, New Food. 2017 is the year of the rooster and this Chinese New Year I’m introducing Asian barbecue ribs. We’re also going to try our hand at some origami.

This year I am particularly excited about making dragon’s and eating dumplings with my mini. He loves dumplings and I know the boys will love the ribs.The year of the rooster is believed to be a bad year to be born. So, I guess we will need lots of lucky food this year. I’ll add some cold sesame noodles to the list of food we’ll be eating to celebrate Chinese New Year. Longevity noodles are believed to encourage a long life. Now, if I can get these mini dragons to fly I will be “the best mom ever.”

Dragons are an intergral part of the Chinese New Year celebration. A dragon dance is performed during the New Year celebration. Chinese dragons are believed to be good luck. So we will fill our house with as many as possible (everyone could use a bit of luck). We’ve celebrated Chinese New Year for many years now. Sometimes it’s with friends and sometimes it’s just family. It’s usually also a time when I break out a new recipe or 2. When you’re making tons of finger food it’s easy to slide in something just a little different.

So along with our dumplings and noodles I’m going to try a recipe for Asian barbecue ribs. Everyone here loves barbecue ribs. One way I’ve tried to introduce new foods and recipes to my family is through transition. I find the best way to keep people open to new foods is to take a dish everyone likes and find another dish similar to it. That may mean decreasing unknown spices in a dish. Then gradually, increasing them until everyone has gotten used to it. That’s why my oldest can eat food with a bit of spice now. He’s gotten used to it.

So, for Chinese New Year 2017 it’s spicy Chinese barbecue ribs with a hint of sweetness and origami dragons. It sounds like a messy combination. So it should be fun.

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