Back to regular programming! I took a mini break from blogging to celebrate with my family for Chinese New Year. Being Vietnamese, my family doesn’t really celebrate any holidays except for Christmas. That’s right, there’s no such thing as Thanksgiving dinner in my family. We do, however, do a little something for Chinese New Year. My whole dad’s side of the family comes down for the weekend and we eat ALL. DAY. LONG.
Seriously, I’m pretty sure I ate from 3PM-9PM. I’m still recovering from this past weekend. Do you guys celebrate Chinese New Year? Do you still get little red envelopes? I may be in my mid twenties, but my parents still give us li xi (red envelopes). I think our cut off point from that is when we’re married. Or maybe I’ll get little red envelopes until I die. Who knows.
My pops made his usual banh chung for the occasion and they were devoured. He gave most of them away, but we kept a good amount at home for us to nibble on.
Family gatherings are always a bit hectic and every bit entertaining. I was able to see some of my aunts and uncles that I haven’t seen in years! Our family gatherings now have the next generation of kids. We were the “babies” for so long that it’s about time we’ve been replaced. Although we’re only at three kiddos right now, I’m sure that number will be increasing over the next couple of years.
This chicken is an easy recipe to throw together for dinner. With only a couple of ingredients, I’m sure you have everything in your pantry ready to go. Even though it’s baked uncovered, the inside stays plump and juicy.
The result was a sweet, garlic-y chicken from Daydream Kitchen. Try this recipe if you’re tired of bland, boring, and tasteless chicken. I served it over a bed of white rice, but it’d also be great over some pasta!