The Year of the Horse galloped joyfully into our house last night. After all the legends, folktales and stories telling of the Chinese New Year and its customs had been told, the crafts and decorations had been made and hung, music had been discovered, recipes poured over, and greetings and tidings had been recited and learned, it was time for a New Year celebration feast.
We invited family to join us. We greeted each guest with an orange offering and shouted out a jubilant kung hsi fa-ts'ai! Noisemakers and tangrams were ready to entertain the little ones while we put the finishing touches on the meal. On the menu were potstickers, spring rolls (from our ReBar cookbook), roast chicken, Chinese greens and fried rice (from The Young Chef's Chinese Cookbook). Dessert was oranges followed by peanut cookies. Yum! We sent the children home with Lai-See (Chinese lucky money).
May you enjoy good luck, good health, and prosperity in this Year of the Horse!