In anticipation of the New Year it is important to clean everything. Nordea's Soaperie has just the thing for you: Citrus Laundry Soap
The New Year is also a time to acquire a new outfit, if possible in red since this color is known to scare away the mythical beast Nian. Nian devoured everything in sight on the first day of the new year but was afraid of red. So protect yourself with one of these garments:
Graffiti Flower Shirt from KimmChi, Red Lace Cowl from Knitting Guru, Red Thistle Dress from Better Than Jam
A new outfit needs to be adorned with matching earrings:
Celebrate China Earrings from Box of Joy, Poppy Earrings on Dimes from Wabisabi Brooklyn, Lucky Stars from Paperelle.
finish it off with a ring from Lia and Adornments NYC's dragonfly necklace (but careful, dragonflies symbolize rapid change).
Now it's time to decorate your newly cleaned home. How about a koi fish painting symbolizing love and friendship by C Line Creations.
Or Bill as crafted by Karen's Monsters, who stands for, well, Bill.
If all this cleaning, decorating, and shopping has made you hungry, maybe you should fortify yourself with my mother's wonton soup:
8 cups of chicken stock
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
25 wonton wrappers
1 beaten egg
1lb ground pork
1/4 small cabbage, finely shredded
1 TB soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
Combine the ground pork with the cabbage, soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger. Mix well.
Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of the wonton wrapper. Brush around the edges of the wrapper with some beaten egg. Fold the wrapper diagonally in half forming a triangle. Brush some beaten egg on the left and right corners of the triangle, bring the corners together and seal them with a pinch.
In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock, shallots and sesame oil to a rapid boil. Drop the wontons into the boiling soup and cook them until they float to the top (10-15 min).
Serve them in one of May Luk Ceramics' beautiful bowls.