The Chinese New Year or known as a spring festival in China, is one of the important celebrations in our family (and I believe many other Chinese-descendants too). It’s one of my favorite time of the year. The festivities, the FOOD, the red envelope ($$$), the gathering (far and near), red is everywhere !! It’s like a Christmas of the Chinese if I may put it that way , except that we don’t exchange gifts, mainly dealing with $$$ (red envelopes) 😉
The celebration started from the eve, usually the last day of the last month according to the Chinese lunar calendar and lasted until the 15th of the first month. The eve is celebrated with family getting together and have a feast (my favorite part if you can’t tell already!). The date changes every year. This year the Chinese New Year’s Eve falls on Feb 18 and the the new year is on Feb 19. If you are not aware of it, the Chinese zodiac runs on a 12-year cycle and each year is represented by one animal. Feb 19, 2015 is the beginning of the year of goat (hey..I was born in the year of goat 😉 ).
This is the time of the year when I miss my family and the gathering so so very much!! My mom always cooked up a storm back in the days. She cooked so much that we were guaranteed to have some leftovers (Lots of it). The Chinese believes that the leftovers from the eve’s represent prosperity 🙂 I’m not going to cook for the Eve though. We will be gathering with my sister-in-law and her family and friends for dinner. In fact, in this modern days, lots of families started eating out at restaurants. They usually provide some entertainment too.
Speaking of food, this cake shown in the photos, is one of my favorite cakes. Some call it a thousand-layer cake. Some call it a prune layer cake. We call it lapis legit. Lapis legit is often seen during Chinese New Year at my hometown. People usually order this cake as a gift for their family and friends during Chinese New Year. I remembered my aunt made a very good lapis legit. It is quite labor-intensive (the layering) but it is so good (and very sinful ha!). Mainly consists of butter! ha..ha..! (surprise..surprise!!) and lots and lots of eggs !! speaking of density !! This is density at its max! But it is so good!!! Well, I didn’t make this cake. Perhaps I should attempt one day. A good friend of mine order this cake for me. You have no idea how excited I was when I saw this cake delivered right to my front door. Who would have thought I could eat (it’s gone now) lapis legit here in the frozen tundra. It felt like Chinese New Year just seeing that cake!! Thank you my dear friend 🙂
May this year of goat bring us peace, good health, prosperity, and love. The Chinese says: GONG XI FA CHAI in Mandarin. Gong Xi means congratulation/wishing one joy. Fa Chai means becomes wealthy/prosperous.