My parents sent ZJ and I chocolates for the Lunar New Year, a nice way to bridge Jewish New Year traditions with those of CNY.
Sadly, I didn’t wear any red or new garments at our CNY for two.
During Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we eat “something sweet:” apples dipped in honey in the hopes that year will be sweet.
Not only our the L.A. Burdick chocolates we were sent very decadent, but the box has a lovely “福” wax seal adorning the top.
Many of the bonbons are infused with Asian-inspired flavors, including green tea, mango, lemongrass, plum wine, ginger, rice and orange.
On the first day of the Year of the Rooster, ZJ made 包子和饺子, steamed buns and dumplings. We gorged on fish and chicken, too. I balanced out the protein- and carb-heavy meal with some stir-fried bok choy.
In other Zhang kitchen news, ZJ finally got himself a manual pasta maker and that meant he could make his foodie wife “菠菜面,” spinach noodles.
I haven’t uncovered a daily writing cadence but when I do, please expect weekly updates of longer-form, more feature-like pieces.
How did you and yours usher in the Chinese or Lunar New Year?