An Ancient Meal

When we Talk of China, We Talk of its Ancient Culture.

Thousands upon Thousands of Years.   Symbolic and Laden with Customs.

With Chinese Adopted Daughters, We are Honored to Impart to them their Cultural Heritage.

But it can sometimes be overwhelming.

Customs and Whys.  Political Positions and Impacts.  The Food.  The People.  The Geography.

For Help, We Joined the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.

CACA is a Welcoming, Wonderful Organization.

We are the Classic American Family.  A Crazy Mix that Works.

Native American, English/Italian, and Chinese.

Strong Together.  A Family of 4.  Embracing All Cultures.

And as with Most Cultures and Customs, Food is at the Center.

Food is Central to the Celebration of Chinese New Year.

A Dazzling Event to Kick Off the New Year in Style.

And Oh the Food.

Please Join Us for the Banquet.

We Saved a Place Just for You.

At the Door, You are Greeted by the Lion.   Waiting.

This Year  – 2017 – The Year of the Rooster.

A Banquet always has Raffle Prizes.  The Money Collected is for the Student Scholarship Fund.

This is Miss Doodle’s Year.  Our Rooster.

Roosters are Hard Working.  Courageous.  Creative.  Love the Spotlight.

Let the Banquet Begin!

Each Dish Served is Symbolic.

Tangerines at each Place Setting.  Symbolic of Gold Coins.  Prosperity for the Year.

Spring Rolls.  Symbolic of Gold Bars.

Baked Chicken.  Family Joy.  Never to Know Hunger for the Year.

Seafood.  Always to Have Surplus in the Year.

Sweet and Sour Shrimp.  Perfectly Plump and Tender.

Oolong Tea.  Never Empty Pots of Steaming Brew.

Baby Bok Choy and Mushrooms.  Money.  Wealth.  Good Luck.

The Grand Prize Raffle Winner.   Miss Doodle(!)

And What’s in the Box?  A Rooster, of Course!

More Food.

Orange Beef.   Wealth.  Fabulously Delicious.

The 8-Course Meal Always Ends with Noodles.

For Longevity.

Noodles with Bean Sprouts, Shrimp, Pork, Carrots, Celery.

Never Cut the Noodles or You Cut Your Life Short.

A Special New Year’s Dessert…Sesame Ball with Red Bean Paste.

Crunchy.  Flaky.  Warm.  Sweet.

Then Dances of the Dynasties.   To Ancient Chinese Music.

And Tiny Drummers to Awaken and Bring Forth the Lion.

Feed the Lion Lycee (Lucky Money) for Good Luck all Year.

At the Close of the Celebration, an Elder presents Lycee to Each Child.

Gung Hay Fat Choy.   Happy New Year.

So Happy to Share the Celebration with You.  And the Magic!

10 thoughts on “An Ancient Meal

  1. Terrific post! We love Chinese food once a week, but I’ve never heard of sesame balls. And I didn’t know spring rolls were suppose to represent gold bars. Thoroughly enjoyed learning!!!

    1. Hi Calen – I never heard of sesame balls either…guess they are only for special events and I gather very difficult to prepare. Very delicious! So glad you “joined us”! 🙂

  2. I love that you adopted your girls and your melting pot family. What a wonderful way to celebrate the Chinese heritage. All the food looks so delicious and everything looks colorful and fun. Great post!

  3. Thank you Jeanie…the food is off the charts fabulous…and I do love that the girls know this is part of their heritage. 🙂

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