Saturday, January 08, 2005

Mark the Chinese New Year with paper lanterns

Celebrate the Chinese New Year (Feb. 9-23) and its finale, the Lantern Festival, with a collection of homemade paper lanterns. During the Lantern Festival, revelers enjoy parades and special dances.

The Chinese New Year is a time for celebrating and making a fresh start. There are lots of red clothes and decorations worn during this time (my favorite color!) because the color represents happiness, prosperity and good fortune (no wonder I like it so much!).

Here's an Egg Drop Soup recipe for your family's celebration:

Egg Drop Soup

4 cups chicken broth
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 egg, lightly beaten
10 to 12 fresh snow peas
1 green onion, finely sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped ham (optional)

Bring the chicken broth to a simmer in a 2 1/2- to 3-quart saucepan over med-hi heat. In a separate bowl, combine the water and the cornstarch, then stir the cornstarch mixture into a simmering broth. Bring the broth to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Slowly pour in the egg and gently stir it with a fork in one direction only, stirring slowly for long strands of egg, more rapidly for thinner shreds. Add the snow peas, green onion and the ham, if desired. Let the soup stand for a few minutes before serving. Serves 4. Source: Family Fun, February 2005.

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