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I was really excited when Diane announced China for this month’s Food of the World party. It is one cuisine I know my family generally enjoys, and I have a cookbook full of genuine Chinese recipes.
You may recall if you’ve been around for a few years, that I had the opportunity to review Feeding The Dragon by Mary Kate and Nate Tate
. This brother and sister team took a trip to China and decided to travel the whole country photographing the local, food, and learning traditional ways and recipes to cook the food. It is such a wonderful book if you want to learn more about Chinese culture and food.
Shortly after reading the book, and browsing the recipes, I tried my hand at some Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps
that turned out delicious. I mostly use the recipes and dialogue in this book as a base line, and then substitute with what I have on hand, or what my family prefers (less spice usually
For today’s link party I wanted to make something more traditional for the Chinese New Year Spring Festival – which by the way is apparently in full swing according to my cousin who just traveled through Singapore and caught a kickoff celebration. I digress…so I was trying to find something that the Chinese eat on their New Years, and although I came across a lot of different lists, nothing was sounding too good. I headed back to my cookbook, and decided to make Chicken Spring Rolls. While reading through Mary Kate and Nate’s travelogue, I was pleasantly surprised to find Spring Rolls are traditionally eaten during this festival. YAY! It makes sense once you connect the names “Spring Roll” and “Spring Festival”.
I altered the recipe from the book to be a Vegetable Spring Roll, but I used the same methods to cook the filling, and also included similar flavor combinations. I hope you enjoy. Oh and FYI – I did it again, I chose something that needed to be fried. My mind kept telling me to stop, pick something different, but I pushed forward despite my past failures.
If you have a Chinese Recipe link it up below. You can use this link
get the InLinkz code to add the linky to your blog.
Looking for Co-hosts for the Food of the World party!! Interested – leave me a comment, or head to Simple Living and Eating and tell Diane!
Next Month’s Country: Italy. Link up will be February 11th