I am getting all my recipes from "My Grandmother's Chinese Kitchen" by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo.
There is a section dedicated to Chinese New Year Recipes. I am excited to try them. I hope they turn out well. I want this to be a special day for Tingting
So while all of you are enjoying your Super Bowl Parties. We will be enjoying our Chinese New Year Party. I did make sure to plan dinner early though so we are done eating before the game begins.
Once I decided to have this dinner party, I talked to Ting and invited the guests. We have limited the invitations to 10 guests as that is what my dining table holds comfortably and we wanted to have a sit down dinner as opposed to a buffet party.
Frank and I went to Party City to pick up decorations and other items needed for the festivities.
Then, yesterday, I went to an Asian Market to get the ingredients I need for all of the recipes I have chosen. They call for ingredient of which I have never heard but Ting assures me that they will be delicious.
As I was wandering around aimlessly, amongst a building filled with Asians, I was approached by another Caucasian female. She asked if I, too, decided to cook a Chinese New Year Dinner? I replied that I was and she laughed and said "someone ought to hit us upside our heads". It was too funny. Then I had a package in my hand and was trying to figure out if it was what I needed. I shoved the package at an Asian woman that looked about my age and asked her if she could help me. She looked at me and said "I don't know, it is written in Chinese" LOL. Only I would have asked the only Japanese patron in a Chinese store!!
After the grocery store, I went next door to the Asian Barbecue place. It smelled amazing in there. I got the barbecued pork needed for my Fried Rice.
I'm pretty sure I found everything I needed but I won't know for sure until Tingting comes home. I sure hope so because the store is an hour from my house.
I also picked up this bag of golden coins and nuggets to put into the money envelopes that I am using as seating place markers.
The hard part is now over. Tomorrow night Frank and I will decorate and set the table and Sunday, after Mass, I will start cooking. I am anxious to let you know how it turns out.