Chinese New Years are definitely not what they used to be. Sometimes, I really wished that I could get it all back; the anticipation, the excitement, the noise, the sounds, the smell – but I can’t. I don’t even think it really has anything to do with being in a western country. I think for me (for us, for my extended family) the magic of Chinese New Year ended when my grandfather passed away.
These days, it’s all I can do to drag myself out of bed and bake some peanut cookies. Well, at least I still do that, I suppose.
Although, what I wish I really could do is roast a giant suckling pig. Maybe next year 😉
Panu and I always talk about spending Chinese New Year in an Asian country – maybe Hong Kong or KL or Singapore – not so much to re-capture what I remember, but to experience the excitement, festivities and most importantly, the food. I’m looking forward to that, whenever it may be.
For now, we celebrated Chinese New Year eve with an impromptu and very quickly tossed together yee sang (made a big mess, which is still fun)…
… and these delicious peanut cookies.
Gong xi fa chai, everyone!
|Chinese New Year peanut cookies|
|Adapted from Bread et Butter
2 cups peanuts
|Makes about 90 cookies.|