A roaring start to the Year of the Dragon!

Gong Xi Fa Cai, Happy Chinese New Year everyone! It’s the year of the Dragon, the horoscope of my father and my youngest brother, and I hope it’s an auspicious year for everyone!
Here are some photos of our reunion dinners (traditionally held on the eve of Chinese New Year).

We had two this year because the Irishman had to fly to Europe on the proper Reunion Dinner date so we had a dinner with him at a restaurant on Saturday, the eve of the eve, and then my mother went all out on Sunday and pulled out the whole 9 course Chinese banquet with all the stops.

This is my mother’s awesome newly renovated kitchen with every fancy kitchen appliance you can shake a egg beater at. (Actually she doesn’t bake cakes which is the only chink, no pun intended, in her culinary repertoire. I have inherited her cooking skills and similar lack of prowress or confidence with desserts….)

Here we are in the kitchen, doing the ceremonial “yu sheng” toss. Actually this is basically a chopped raw fish salad thing where the ingredients are added one by one with an auspicious saying read out with each ingredient e.g. “Man Di Huang Jin (May the whole earth be scattered with gold” as you add the golden fried cracker/crouton things”. There are 12 ingredients or so and each one has a particular significance, but being Chinese you know it’s all about the money and the power. Kinda like Gangsta Rap but without the hos.

Remember last year’s Chinese New Year party in Merricks? ( http://thecrystalbawl.com/2011/02/06/happy-year-of-the-rabbit/ ), we’re going back to Australia for a long weekend this week to watch the tennis in Melbourne so we’ll get the chance to toss the ol fish salad with the gang on Saturday. Not as grand as my mum’s shindig though!

And of course no party would be complete without the requisite photos of Dylan shaking her booty in front of the mirror….

Last few random shots. Lucky double rainbow we saw on the way to the reunion dinner part 1….

The whole family with our family friends, Auntie Dips and Uncle Suresh joining in the fun at Li Bai Chinese restaurant.

I’m exhausted from all that eating! Happy Year of the Dragon, Wan Shi Ru Yi, Shen Ti Jian Kang! Wishing you a smooth path and good health!

xxx,
C

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