Helloooo my Lovelies.... I am back in Blogging World.
And I hope it is not too late to wish everyone a Happy 2012...
We barely into our 1st month of the Gregorian Calender... another New Year is looming in 4 days ... Chinese New Year. Whoa... feels like eating session will carry on forever!! when will I be able to lose the kilos I piled on during Christmas....
Rabbit is surely moving out of the scene and Dragon will soon be here... which reminds me ~ I have to read about Year of the Dragon and Feng Shui...
What I love about celebrating Chinese New Year in H hometown... ~ its festive atmosphere... somehow the air smelled different... possibly due to the firecrackers blasting all night long... slight smell of sulphur still hangs heavy in the air. The distance sounds of Chinese drums and Cymbals, where the troupe performing Lion or Dragon dance, to bless houses.
Kids were the happiest at this time of the year... they get to put on new clothes, new shoes, could eat all the sweets treats to their heart content... and most of all their faces would be beaming with joy whenever they were handed angpows (red packets with $$$) by their parents, aunties, uncles...
My kids would be making a passing remark on their 'Loss' of angpows,... whenever we celebrated Chinese New Year in Perth, hehehe... awww...too bad kiddos
Visiting relatives is a must during Chinese New Year, paying respect to your elders ie grandparents, uncles, aunties... and guests are served with Chinese New Year Goodies... cookies, dried fruits, mandarins and nuts along with Chinese tea.... followed by 'Steamboat' lunch.
wishing our families, relatives, friends, followers and readers....
GONG XI FA CAI
Have a good one
Dried Fruits, Seeds and Nuts 'Energy' Balls Recipe(adapted from Delicious with modifications)
1 cup of almond meal1/2 cup of oats100g dried apricots-chopped50g pitted dates - chopped50g pepitas50g candied winter melons - chopped1 tablespoon black sesame seeds2 tablespoon honey2 tablespoon cocoa powder1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 cup dried dessicated coconut
- Place the chopped dried fruits, seeds, nuts and oats in a food processor and whiz for 2-3 minutes.
- Add cocoa powder, cinnamon and honey and whiz for another 2-3 minutes until all the ingredients comes together.
- Lightly moistened hand and roll into a large marble size balls.
- Roll the balls in the coconut to coat.