I was successful in my exams, had some fun and made lifelong friends (some of whom read this blog regularly- hi guys!)
But there are always a lot of superstitions around food- and I thought I might explore the idea for this week's blog.
Which foods are considered particularly lucky, I wondered?
Well, take your pick from this list:
green vegetables (supposed to resemble folding money like dollar bills),
beans and lentils ( which look like coins),
grapes and pomegranates (jewel-like fruits)
pork ( because pigs are round and forage optimistically..stretching things a bit thin here, I think!)
noodles ( eaten whole -not cut- to symbolize long life)
fish (silver scales represent money again)
cornbread (gold bars)
So, I've planned this week's menu around many of these ingredients: chicken noodle soup, followed by steamed cabbage parcels with pork filling and dipping sauces (veggie version using lentils and butter beans), and mulled wine jelly with frosted grapes and pomegranate ice.
|Chicken noodle soup|
|Two of my younger diners slurping it up!|
The steamed cabbage parcels require: 3 Savoy cabbage leaves per person, 300 grams of pork mince (or 1 tin each of lentils and butter beans for the veggie version), 2 spring onions, minced garlic clove, a dash of chilli sauce, 1 cup soft breadcrumbs and 1 beaten egg.
Finely chop the spring onions (or pulse them with two slices of bread in the food processor to make your breadcrumbs at the same time.) Add them along with the seasoning and beaten egg to your pork mince (or crushed beans and lentils). You might want to add extra garlic or chili to the veggie version. Mix together well and form into (meat)balls using wet hands.
Fry in hot vegetable oil until brown all over- but not necessarily cooked through- as they are going to steam in a minute.
|Ready to rock..|
Take your cabbage leaves and blanch them for 2 minutes in boiling water. Lay them out on a tea towel and cut out the coarse rib from the centre, then place a meatball on each one. Roll up into parcels and place in the steamer.Steam over simmering water for about 10-15 minutes and then serve sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and dipping sauces (ginger, chilli and soy in this case.)
|Asian Pork parcels|
I poured it into moulds (old fashioned wine glasses in this case) and set it in the fridge overnight. I served it with frosted grapes.(Very grown up, was the tasting panel's verdict!)
|Mulled Wine Jelly|
I also made a pomegranate ice (pictured here) to go with it, but it was very disappointing. It tasted watery and more like a granita than a sorbet with lots of ice crystals - so I think I need to refine that recipe before I share it with you.
|Pretty in pink- but not very nice!|
The meal yielded loads of food- leftover soup for my lunch, a chili and sesame dressed noodle salad also for lunchboxes and enough pork meatballs for another dish another day :
There's also plenty of jelly -mmmm.
So, fuelled with all this lucky food , it's probably a good week to buy premium bonds or lottery tickets.
Let me know if it pays off for you!
|No rabbits were harmed in this week's blog- all feet intact|