Friday, February 19, 2010

Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Years!

Chinese New Year began on February 14th. Since the weekend was a busy one for us with Valentines Day, etc. I am playing catch up this week with a somewhat Asian inspired menu.

The Chinese New Year is one of the oldest festivals and most important festivals for the Chinese people. I love that Chinese New Years is not only a time to welcome in the New Lunar Year but also a time when families come together and feast. After all, anything to do with food always interest me! I also find the traditions of getting rid of the old and starting fresh in the New Year exciting. Many families sweep and clean their houses from top to bottom to rid any bad luck that may carry over to the next year. New clothes are purchased to symbolize a new start and red paper fortune scrolls are make sure of good fortune for the household. Then comes the food which offers many traditions such as serving a whole fish (the cutting of carries bad connotations, such as severing a family tie.
I was thinking, since my Western New Years didn't start off so well maybe I will adopt some of the Chinese traditions to make sure the rest of the year brings nothing but good fortune!
Deliveries 9am-11am at the Fairfield Office

Sweet Things
Croissant Bread Pudding, with dried cherries, bittersweet chocolate and toasted pecans $4/pudding
croissant soaked in a cream with tart dried cherries, chocolate and pecans.

Ginger Date Pudding Cake with Walnut Toffee Sauce $4/cake
A traditional English date pudding with a hint of ginger and a gooey walnut sauce.
Chocolate-Oatmeal Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Butter Cream $3/cupcake
This is a great combination and is a take on a recipe my favorite Asian Chef made for his bakery.

Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich $3/sandwich
Coconut Cookie with coconut ice cream

Peanut and Sesame Carmel Bars (adapted from Chez Pim - fellow blogger) $3/bar

Almond Cookies (6 cookies) $4
A traditional Asian Cookie these are different then the store-bought ones.

Vietnamese Coffee Cake $4/piece

Coconut Chicken Soup $6/quart
Chicken, Thai chili paste, coconut milk, lime and ginger

Chicken and Pine Nut dumplings with a chili dipping sauce (6 dumplings) $5
Roasted chicken, toasted pine nuts and a sweet/spicy chili sauce for dipping. Look like a pot-sticker.

Pork, Apple and Thyme Pot Pie $6/pie (5inch) or a tray (9x13) for $20
Almost like a pulled pork. Simmered all day with apples and thyme. Topped with Puff Pastry

Lunch Buns filled with Asian vegetables $4/bun
This is a bread dough filled with Asian vegetables.