Based on lunar and solar calendars, the date of Chinese New Year varies each year, but always falls between late January and mid-February. Each year is represented by one of twelve animals, with 28 January 2017 heralding the year of the rooster!
Chinese New Year traditionally means a time for families to get together over some delicious foods. It’s customary to clean your house thoroughly before the celebrations start, ensuring bad luck from last year is removed. After that comes the fun part of decorating with as much red as possible! Red is key to Chinese New Year, streets and shops are decked out with red lanterns whilst red clothing is said to bring good luck for the coming year.
The celebrations usually begin with a family gathering at home and a meal on New Year’s Eve. Traditional foods include fish, which is served at the end of the New Year’s meal and symbolizes abundance. Also popular is a sticky fruitcake called Neen Gow or Nian Gow.
But if you fancy joining the celebrations with an easy supper, quickly cooked and something healthy, then a Chinese style stir fry is ideal and impressive enough for entertaining guests… We’ve got a great selection here using lower sugar jams and marmalades for a healthier twist:
- Raspberry ginger stir fry
- Chicken orange stir fry
- Chicken apricot stir fry
- Pork and onions with orange glaze
- Sweet beef stir fry
- Turkey blackcurrant stir fry
So join in and get ready for a Chinese New Year’s feast to guarantee you and your loved ones a long and prosperous life!