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Kidzworld Kitchen: Chinese New Year

Feb 01, 2016

The Chinese New Year is the most important of traditional Chinese holidays and is celebrated in a big way with food, fun and family!

This year the first day of the lunar calendar falls on February 8th, 2016 and will be celebrated in China and many other countries with significant Chinese populations, and in Chinatowns in major cities all over the world.

Chinese New Year DragonChinese New Year DragonCourtesy of dragonhorse.ca

Customs include giving gifts and money, decorating windows and doorways with red and other symbols of good luck, prosperity, health and long life. On the Eve of Chinese New Year families gather together for a feast and end the night with firecrackers.

The theme of Chinese New Year is to reconcile, forget all grudges and wish peace and happiness for everyone! Sounds like a great holiday! So if you would like to get in on the fun here are a couple of recipes to get you in the spirit. Everyone loves delicious, fun-to-eat spring rolls and bright red moon pies are just the perfect thing to bring you luck. Kung hei fat choi!

Red Moon Pies

Ingredients:

Pie:

  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce red food coloring (an entire small bottle
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda

Filling:

  • 6 ounces softened cream cheese
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup  marshmallow cream (Hint! Found in a jar in the baking section of your supermarket)
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper
  3. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, food color and water, mix and set aside
  4.  In a large bowl, whisk together oil, sugar and eggs
  5. Add in buttermilk, salt, vanilla extract and food color mixture and whisk together till completely combined
  6. Stir in flour and mix
  7. In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in the vinegar then pour into the batter and stir
  8. Carefully spoon 1tbsp into round circles onto prepared cookie sheets
  9. Bake for about 6-7 minutes, until they’re set and no longer sticky or soft. Set aside to cool
  10. Beat cream cheese, butter and marshmallow cream together until smooth then add powdered sugar and vanilla
  11. Spread a tbsp or so onto a cooled pie then top with the bottom side of another pie
  12. Cover with plastic and put into the fridge until you’re ready to serve

Red Moon PiesRed Moon PiesCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Spring Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 100g Asian vermicelli noodles
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1½ cup finely sliced Chinese cabbage
  • 1 cup roughly chopped bamboo shoots
  • 1 peeled and grated carrot
  • 1 tin drained and chopped water chestnuts
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 packet frozen spring roll wrappers, thawed (Hint! Take out of the freezer an hour before)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • Sweet chilli sauce or Hoisin sauce for dipping

Spring RollsSpring RollsCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, cover the noodles in boiling water and stand for 5 minutes. Drain and chop into small pieces
  2. Bring a wok or non-stick frying pan to a high heat, and add oil. Add garlic, cabbage, bamboo shoots, carrot and cook for about 4 minutes or until soft
  3. Stir in noodles and chestnuts, soy sauce and pepper. Set aside to cool completely
  4. On a clean surface place a small bowl with the beaten egg
  5. Roll out a wrapper and turn it diagonally to make a diamond shape.
  6. Place 1½ tablespoons of cooled filling in the centre of the wrapper
  7. Pull up the bottom corner of the wrapper over the filling then tuck each side in, use your fingertips to wipe the edges of the top corner of the diamond with a little egg, and then snugly wrapper over the roll
  8. Continue until you have used all the mixture and then cover the rolls with a damp towel
  9. In a wok or frying pan heat up the vegetable over (Hint! To know if the oil is hot enought dip one end of a spring roll into the oil - if it doesn’t sizzle, the oil is not ready)
  10. When the oil is ready, fry the spring rolls in batches until lightly golden on all sides
  11. Place on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil
  12. Serve immediately with sweet chilli or Hoisin sauce for dipping

Wrapping Spring RollsWrapping Spring RollsCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Remember, be creative, have fun and above all, safety first! Always talk to the adult in charge before you get your chef on! Kung hei fat choi!

Recipes courtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

 

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She proceeds to yell at me then grabs me by the face and say "If you don't lower your tone and listen to what I'm saying I'm going to knock you in the head." Then she goes on to tell me she remembers nothing I was saying and that it's a lie. She also hit me when I didn't clean the laundry room correctly and whenever she gets fed up. I'm constantly having to watch what I say and do, because I'm scared that I'm going to end up hurt. She also likes to degrade me and tell how bad I'm doing. She's said plenty of thing like when I didn't have my bed covers tucked in she yelled at me and hit me and I said "Do you expect me to just stand here and take this", and she replied saying "That's what you are supposed to do you are the child and I am the adult, you take whatever I do until I'm done." Another time is when I had my band concert and I had to pick out the right attire. When we went shopping to get the clothing I chose slacks when she liked a skirt better, we went on to fight in the store and she bought the slacks. When we got home she said to me that real girls wear skirts and dresses and boys wear slacks and pants. This hurt me because she knows I have a past with people telling me I look like a boy etc. Another time I started to sleep on the floor, because I was practicing a minimalist life. When I left my pillows on the floor she found it and questioned me on why they were there. I told her it fell of my bed when really I left it there. Later when I told my dad, he told her and she got mad because I was getting cat hair on my pillows. She then proceeded to ask why I lied and I told her sometimes lying is better then the truth (I knew she would get mad that I was sleeping on the floor so I lied) then she told me that I was never going to have a relationship, a job, or friends ( This hurt me because I don't have friends now). She's also said that I don't take care of my body because I ate two sweets in one day which lead her to banning me from Doritos and now I have to ask to get chips and any other snack. She's told me I don't take care of my teeth because I have yellow spots from using whitening toothpaste with braces on. She's told me I don't take care of my hair so I can't wash it or do any hair style or then a bun. She had lead me to starving myself (Unless she makes me eat) and cutting myself. I've just stopped caring, because what ever I do is always wrong. I never get a choice in my activities, she controls my life in fact she me just in a different body. But what is even worse is that she's turning my dad into her. Now I have a scheduled time to eat breakfast and lunch, and to go onto my electronics. I feel like I'm in a prison with my parents constantly watching over me, in fact yesterday when I was pouring my milk my mom got out a measuring cup and poured my milk into the measuring cup and said "Why isn't this a full cup" and I replied saying "Because I don't measure my milk." Then she got angry at me. There's so much I could say about her, but I'll stop. Anyways my father is always sarcastic and he doesn't realize how much it hurts me. Today I was cleaning out my bag for next school year and my dad came in and said, "Wow, you aren't even dress yet and I had to come up here to tell you how sad." Just little things like that hurt me. My little sister got mad at me last week for sitting in a certain area and she said " Why are you sitting there," and I didn't reply because I didn't want to speak to her and she then said, "Probably because you are too stupid to answer." I wanted to break down crying then and there, but I kept it in. 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Dear Kkmr324, I hope you get to feeling better as time goes on.  It does get better but like you said you can't actually get over it.  Losing someone to cancer is awful and I have never lost a friend and I hope I never will and I am so sorry that you did, but I have lost family to cancer and it is horrible.  I hope your okay. :(
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Kkrmr324 posted in Family Issues:
A few months ago,my friend Kendall died of cancer. It was really hard to "get over it"; because really you dont just get over it. One thing i did was find a bunch of pictures of me and Kendall and remembered all the fun we had together. And it helped! I still miss her, but good friends and family helped with that.
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Kkrmr324
Kkrmr324 posted in Family Issues:
A few months ago,my friend Kendall died of cancer. It was really hard to "get over it"; because really you dont just get over it. One thing i did was find a bunch of pictures of me and Kendall and remembered all the fun we had together. And it helped! I still miss her, but good friends and family helped with that.
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Tennis123
why are you allowing that to control your happiness? why can't you have true happiness instead of chasing some dream for momentary satisfaction? You're 12. This is when your core beliefs, values, and outlooks on life start. Don't mess it up choosing to be sad over something like that.
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