Food: happy lantern festival


Yesterday was chinese lantern festival 元宵. Typically families get together to celebrate it with a good meal. In almost all chinese festivals, it involves food. I wonder if it is an international tradition to ALWAYS celebrate with food. I guess it’s a way to unite the family. Why not a tea celebration instead? I wonder ….

It was also the last day of my dad’s visit and he requested me to prepare lunch for him. Sunday is my favorite day to cook and bake, so I spent the morning in the kitchen.

I made the tofu mushroom chinese green’s soup (minus the seafood), an all time favorite of mine!

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spicy red sauced whole fish (my parents’ and Star’s all time favorite)

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sauteed greens

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cucumber salad (soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic and pinch of sugar)

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pork and napa cabbage soup

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my parents’ had white rice, I had quinoa-millet.

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I’ve been wanting to try cauliflower crust pizza for a while and finally made it! Unfortunately it turned out a bit messy, it didn’t hold together nor it was crusty. Maybe because I replace flax meal egg for the egg? Dunno.

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but it does taste really good. Basically for the crust I used 1/4 head of cauliflower grounded, mixed with 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast, 1 flax egg and 2 tbsp of almond meal. Toppings: roasted bell pepper, mushrooms and avocado. “Cheese”: hummus, tahini, rice vinegar and nutritional yeast. Love love this “cheese”!!!

For next week’s dinner I made again the vegetable curry. In addition to tofu, I added chicken. For the sauce, I added some flax meal.

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Having pre-made meals make eating a good dinner so easy. I really enjoyed it last week! 🙂

Made millet-quinoa to go with the curry.

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I think I’m developing a long-term relationship with the quinoa. 🙂

For next week’s snack, I made a gluten free, sugar free and high protein banana cake (recipe to come)

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and more tea cookies for mom

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I had a bite, sooo buttery and crunchy!

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2 responses to “Food: happy lantern festival

  1. So much good food you made, and it must have taken at least a few hours! I’m so curious about the green soup and fish dish. Would I be able to find those in authentic Chinese restaurants? And I know what you mean about food always being present in celebrations. I think most cultures follow that pattern, but it seems like most Asian cultures emphasize it the most! Perhaps it’s the fact that eating together and feeding people is a way to show love and affection? And Asians are BIG on that. My mom will try to feed anyone till their bellies burst. 😀

  2. I love all the cooking you did! I didn’t get to cook much over the weekend and will have to try to precook a lot of things tonight so that I won’t feel stressed…

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