Happy Chinese New Year! It's 4708, and the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese calendar
My preschool held sessions today, after being closed for two days due to snow. I felt pretty good when I woke up, but as the day wore on the ice chopping and snow shoveling I did yesterday on the driveway led to sore muscles in places I didn't even know I had! By time I left work for the day all I wanted to do was come home, sit on the couch, and read the newspaper.
I didn't have a lot of ingredients to work with, but I think I managed to do an acceptable job. I cut the broccoli (green symbolizes luck and harmony in China) into small pieces, tossed in a can of bamboo shoots (for strength and longevity), and marinated both in a soy sauce-based vinaigrette. Instead of last night's dill sauce, I made a quick sweet and sour one to spoon over the fish (a symbol of prosperity if it's whole, but I'm not sure what our serving size chunks would stand for). For dessert I sliced oranges (which are a symbol of good luck) and arranged them in a bowl. When Tony got home from work, I heated the rice and fish in the microwave and put everything on the table.
I hope our meal was an auspicious beginning to the Chinese year.