JANUARY 2020: A FUN-DA-MENTALS CLASS
CHINESE NEW YEAR BRILLIANT BANANA BEET FRITTERS + LAZY LYCHEE GLAZE + LUCKY LYCHEE BANANA MILKSHAKES
Why don’t bananas snore? Because they don’t want to wake up the rest of the bunch
What would you call two banana skins? A pair of slippers!
What is the easiest way to make a banana split? Cut it in half, silly
What kind of a key opens a banana? A monKEY
Happy New Year, 2020! We hope you and your children got to spend meaningful time with your families and friends and that you feel refreshed, relaxed, and excited for another new beginning.
Even though Chinese New Year isn’t celebrated for another few weeks (in 2020, Chinese New Year falls on 1/25), we’re getting into the spirit a tad early! We’ve been cooking traditional Chinese New Year foods since the beginning of Sticky Fingers Cooking. We wanted to share a sweet recipe for the holiday that we can enjoy all month long! Fritters are a common street snack in China. We’ve seen Chinese fritter recipes made with pineapple, banana, sesame, green beans, onions, and more. Fruits are often brought to temples during Chinese New Year as offerings, and fresh fruits symbolize life and new beginnings. Bananas especially are offered as a wish for education, brilliance in school or work. Banana leaves leaves are considered one of the fourteen precious items to scholars.
Our lovely Sticky Fingers Cooking Area Manager, Chef Francine, in Austin shared with us a couple of traditions her family held when she was young: “A few days before Chinese New Year, we do a complete cleaning of the house to signify the removal of the old and welcome the new. We would also wear all new clothes on the first day of Chinese New Year. Parents/Grandparents give out red envelopes (with some money inside) to the children/grandchildren as a token to keep them healthy, prosperous, and give them a long life. We generally eat lots of food! Some of the most significant dishes are noodles (never cut them! they signify longevity), dumplings (for wealth because they look like little purses), and glutinous-rice balls (for togetherness and family reunion).” BEAUTIFUL, MEANINGFUL and DELICIOUS! Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Happy New Year!)
Wishing you a delicious, happy + healthy start to ALL the new year celebrations and traditions - Chef Erin & Chef Jacqui
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