Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Have A Bountiful and Prosperous Chinese New Year 2015

Chinese New Year celebration is also known as the Spring Festival.  This year the Chinese celebrate Spring Festival on Thursday 19 February, and ends on 5 March.
 
This year also marks the start of the Year of the Wood Sheep,  according to the Lunar New Year calendar in the Chinese zodiac.  As the year 2015 is the Year of the Wood Sheep, it is believed that those born under under this sign are going to have a good year, with plenty of good luck and opportunities ahead.
People born in the Year of the Sheep are thought to be loyal, good nature and kind.
Like Christmas in the West, people exchange gifts during the Spring Festival. The most common gifts are red envelopes. Red envelopes have money in, and are given to children and (retired) seniors. 
Do refer to the Significant of Ang Pows in my last year post to know more about the importance of these red packets.
During the next 15 days, friends and family will visit each other to exchange gifts and wish each other a prosperous new year. 
Here, I take this opportunity to wish all my Chinese readers :
*Μay Yοu Have The Pοckets of Ηappiness, 
Τhat Will Αttract Αll The Good Wishes, 
Τhis Year, Ι Αm Ρutting First Wish Ιn It, 
Βy Wishing You Α Bountiful Lunar Νew Year!*
*Fun, Jοy, Happiness, Ρeace, Lοve, Luck, will cοme to you, with my special Wish*
*Always welcome the new morning with a new spirit, a smile on your face, love in your heart and good thoughts in your mind*
*With each passing moments, let us embrace the Lunar New Year with a brighter, colorful, and joyous future!*
*May the Goat year bring you life full of joy that never fade, hopes that never die, strength that never weakens and take you as high as the sky. Wishing you a very Happy & Prosperous Chinese New Year*

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Flavorful Braised Pork Belly with Pumpkin

My goodness, time really flies and 2015 is entering its second month soon.  My sincere apologies to all for not posting anything since New Year and not visiting my fellow bloggers' cyberhome.  Well, I have been very occupied with a new project (it's a good start for me in 2015; new project means extra pocket money for me, besides my full-time job...yeah! ) which I have been rushing to meet its dateline since I came back from my year-end holidays.  Well, to all who sent their greetings and wishes last year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and may you all enjoy good health and prosperity in whatever you are doing.
Here's my 1st post for 2015 and I hope you all like this simple but very flavorful Asian braised pork belly with pumpkin.  If you wish to know the health benefits of pumpkin, click the pic  below for more info.

Flavorful Braised Pork Belly with Pumpkin
Ingredients :
- 1 strip of pork belly (blanched and cut into bite size)
- 1 bowl of cubed pumpkin (with the skin intact)
- 1 thumb sized ginger (crushed)
- 1 tbsp fermented black beans (tau si)
- soy sauce to taste
- water
- Cooking oil
Method :
1)  Heat some oil in a pan or wok.
2)  Saute ginger and  fermented black beans until aromatic.
3)  Add cubed pork belly and stir fry for awhile.  Mix well.
4)  Add water until it covers the meat.
5)  Cover and let it boil at high heat for 5 minutes.  Then lower the heat and simmer until the meat is cooked and tender.  This takes about 35 to 45 minutes depending on the type of pot used.  I used AMC medium pot.  Add more water if you prefer more gravy.

6)  When the the meat is cooked and gravy thickened, add cubed pumpkin.

7) Cover and continue to cook until the pumpkin is cooked and soft.  This takes about 5 to 8 minutes.  Add soy sauce to taste.  Stir and mix well.
8)  Serve hot with steamed rice.
A very simple yet flavorful dish
You can substitute pork belly with chicken too. 
A homey dish which our family have never get tired of it since our grandma days.
Note :  No salt is added as the fermented black beans itself is already salty.  


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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year 2015

*This is a scheduled post while I am still away vacationing*
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I am still not back from my winter holidays, so, here's a scheduled post of simple warm wishes to all my beloved followers and readers.

Till then, see you soon in a better year of 2015!




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