Friday, 8 February 2013

Sweet and Sour Pork with pineapple

Sunday, February 10th is Chinese New Year. We are leaving the year of the Dragon and entering the Year of the Snake.  Food is an important part of celebrating Chinese New Year and although this is not a traditional dish it is a very simple and tasty one. 

This is not my recipe it comes from Lucy at The KitchenMaid a fabulous blogger from New Zealand who shared this recipe a couple of weeks ago.  When preparing the photograph for this post, I remembered that I still had my plastic chop sticks bought in the Chinese supermarket in Glasgow in the early 1980s, Chinese food always tastes better when eaten with chop sticks, I find.

Year of the Snake

Here is some information about the Year of the Snake from Hanban.com

The Introduction of 2013 Year of Snake
2013 is the year of the black Snake begins on February 10th shortly after the New moon in Aquarius, the humanitarian of the zodiac. This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.
The 2013 Year of Snake
The Common Character of People Born in the Year of Snake
People born in the Year of the Snake are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively. Such people are complex beings, they are clever and men of few words from their birth. Their business is always going well, but they are stingy very often. They are sometimes egoistic and conceited. However they can be very active in their friends’ life. They are often too active, not believing other people and relying only on themselves. Snakes are also very insightful and naturally intuitive. If anyone has a sixth sense, it's those born in the Snake year. This is partly what makes them so mysterious.Snakes come in all varieties of colors and patterns. And maybe that's why people born in the Snake year love to appreciate beauty. People with the Chinese zodiac snake sign are very stylish, fashionable and have exceptional taste.

People born in the Year of the Snake also have a sure touch in money matters but are also inclined to be greedy and somewhat egoistical. Determined and ambitious characters of Snakes take their failures hard. They are usually very attractive on the outside and inwardly, that, taking into consideration their frivolity, can lead to some family problems.

The Cosmic Element and Color of 2013 year of Snake
The 2013 year of Snake is Water Snake, Water Snakes are lucky with finances, they always seem to have money flowing their way. They are adventurous spirits and love to take risks. They are also very intelligent and often a wellspring of creative ideas. Water Snakes love to socialize and meet new friends.They are proud of their achievements, and also very thoughtful and considerate of others.
The colour of the 2013 year of Snake is Black. Black color is the Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, this is a color of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important in the year of Snake to plan everything beforehand, and evaluate adequately before taking any actions. You need to be more careful and cautious than ever.

The Overall Trend in 2013 Year of Snake
The 2013 Snake of year has ability to read complicated situation quickly in a controlled manner which is good for business. Signing documents of any kind requires very thorough attention. 2013 horoscope predict it is a good year to begin important detail work. Research and investigation are supported. The Snake has sneaky energy that can be to your advantage. Look for the holes in the loop. A new-found ambition to greatness will inspire you to be all you can be, and provide you with the follow through to actually achieve your goals, And, 2013 year of the Snake also supports added responsibility,
But 2013 Snake need to watch for fanatical commitments since Snakes inclination to spend money quickly than earn them may produce tensions in personal relationships. Create a safe space to work from this 2013 year. The Snake likes protection, needs to feel safe and secure to utilize its special analytical skills. This is the year to make headway in slow and methodical ways. Things will definitely be accomplished as you focus forward.

Other Details of 2013 Year of Snake
1. Ideal compatibility with: Ox and Rooster.
2. More or less compatible with: Rat, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep.
3. Absolutely incompatible with: Tiger and Pig.
4. Lucky colors for the Snake: Yellow, Red
5. Lucky directions for the Snake: Southwest, Northeast
6. Lucky numbers for the Snake: 2, 4, 7, and 9.
7. Monday is the lucky day of the week for Snakes.

Our younger son was born in the year of the Snake, he is very stylish and appreciates beauty. Our second grandchild is also due in the Year of the Snake I'll be interested to see if any of this has any bearing on his or her character.  Personally I am a Pig, okay enough of the jokes!  Here's what the Chinese think my character should be:

 The Year of Pig
Pigs are models of sincerity, purity, tolerance, and honor. When you first meet them, pigs seem too good to be true. They are careful and caring, obliging and chivalrous. Put your trust in them for they will never let you down and they will always try to do what's right. Pigs are born to give, to yield, and to serve, and so, unfortunately, most people take advantage of them. Pigs know they are easy to fool but don't really mind. No matter how old they get, pigs keep their faith in human nature and believe that people are basically good. Pigs tend to sacrifice their own happiness and comfort for the sake of others. In relationships, pig people are sensitive, sweet, naive, and caring. They are romantic and certainly are the marriage-type. But on the other hand, pigs can also be possessive, jealous and exclusive.

What do you think?  I don't fancy the bit about being taken advantage of!

4 comments:

  1. haha my mum's a pig too ;) I'm a horse. I find it so cute that you're so interested in the chinese zodiac when I, being chinese, have not even bothered to check out the forecasts for this year (shame on me). happy cny, haven't been here in a while, but thought to drop by:) pork and pineapple is one yummy pairing!

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  2. Realmente exquisito me encanta tiene un aspecto perfecto y delicioso,abrazos y abrazos.

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  3. Yum, so glad you liked it! I'm a tiger (roar) - a Chinese woman I used to work for told me she could tell (I hope it was a compliment), but she was a Dragon, apparently the top of the pecking order. Not sure where the pig comes in that!

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  4. Very healthy looking dish.
    Great little snippet about the Year of the Snake Janice. "Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve" - No chance!YIKES!!!
    I think in terms the Pig and models of sincerity - they have it spot on for you :-)
    I'm a water rat - charming,eh?

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