This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
We have five “children” aged 13 (as of today) through 31! Yup – totally true though I am sure I don’t look like I have that many kids and that far apart in age LOL. Having children that disparate in age has its challenges for sure but it also can be excited all the time. One of the struggles has always been food. The older children started to develop adult tastes in food while the younger children were still focused on the more popular types of children cuisine. Also our 17 year old is autistic so his taste buds are taking a great deal longer to develop. Alas we are starting to move into the adult world of food! I can’t tell you how exciting this is for my husband and I. We can finally start to be adventurous in our cooking and dining and the kids are more than willing to try whatever is on the menu!
This is huge! We can now add Asian cuisine to our diet. Our son is in a special program and they teach him life skills. One day he came home from school with homemade Asian food. Yes I can tell you that was a true highlight of 2017! It opened our world to a whole new set of possibilities and I am not about to let that moment pass.
February 16, 2018 is the Chinese New Year. We will definitely be celebrating with some of these recipes by Ling Ling! Ling Ling had an Asian Food event at The Kitchen in Boston on 1/29 and had some great recipes to share.
Carmel Glazed Brandied Oranges
3 large navel oranges
1 Tablespoon brandy
1/2 cup sugar
With a vegetable peeler, remove three 3-inch-long strips of peel (about 3/4 inch wide each) from oranges. Cut strips lengthwise into very thin slivers.
Cut remaining peel and white pith from oranges. Slice oranges into about 6 thin rounds and place in a deep platter, overlapping slices. Sprinkle orange slices with brandy and orange peel.
In a skillet, cook sugar over medium heat until it melts and becomes a deep amber color, stirring to dissolve any lumps. Drizzle caramelized sugar over oranges. Garnish with orange peel slivers. Serve warm or at room temperature or refrigerate and serve chilled.
Asparagus Stir Fry with Shiitake Mushrooms
2 teaspoons all-purpose cornstarch
2 teaspoons cold water
1 Tablespoon neutral oil, such as canola
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces on a diagonal
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 oz. fresh shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water.
Heat the oil in wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, asparagus and salt and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to stir-fry for 1 minute. Stir in the oyster sauce and chicken stock and heat to boiling. Pour in the cornstarch mixture and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens and all the ingredients are nicely coated, about 30 seconds. Serve immediately.
This will be the first year we celebrate the Chinese New Year and I know we will make it an exciting evening at home with several Ling Ling menu items. I am definitely going to be making the Caramel Glazed Brandied Oranges! We will also add some Chinese Style Vegetable Fried Rice and Chili Sauce Chicken Steamed Dumplings – we are barely through the Superbowl bingeing and we are planning for our Chinese New Year binge!
We also love traditions – so now we have some Chinese New Year traditions/customs we can participate in:
Refrain from using foul language or bad words on NewYear’s Day or they will follow you throughout the year
Washing hair is not allowed because you will wash away your good luck for the year
Greeting friends with oranges or tangerines during the New Year will ensure that your friendships remain intact
No sweeping on New Year’s Day as you’ll sweep all your good luck out the door
Stepping into new shoes on New Year’s morning to start your year off on the right foot
Distribution of Red Envelopes (signifying Joy and Luck) filled with money to start the year with prosperity