Chinese New Year

Pineapple Tarts

Pineapple Tarts

Right now, it’s a little over 24 hours to the lunar new year. It’s times like this that I count myself so fortunate to be able to celebrate two new years. It’s like another chance to start again if the first new year was a […]

Cookie Press Pineapple Tarts

Cookie Press Pineapple Tarts

I make a least a hundred pineapple tarts every Chinese New Year. It’s a labour of love, but I’m always looking for ways to streamline the process. The most labour-intensive part of the process is rolling out the dough and cutting out the tarts. You’d […]

Chinese New Year Baking

Chinese New Year Baking

Here are some recipes to help you rein in (geddit?) the Year of the Horse! Click on the pictures to get to the recipes.

Crumbly Peanut Cookies

Crumbly Peanut Cookies

My Chinese cultural knowledge can be a bit sketchy, but I think peanuts are lucky at Chinese New Year because the Mandarin words for peanuts (hua sheng or 花生) literally mean “flowers blooming.” Because of that, peanuts carry a whole load of good symbolism, like fertility, long […]

Everybody’s Birthday Cake (Carrot and Honey Cake)

Everybody’s Birthday Cake (Carrot and Honey Cake)

The seventh day of Chinese New Year is also known as 人日 (ren ri) or the birthday of Man. My mum calls it “Everybody’s Birthday.” On this day, we eat something called 鱼生 (yu sheng), a sweetened salad of raw fish, shredded carrot, radish and ginger […]