Happy Holidays! I hope all of you enjoyed the holiday weekend, whatever your celebration may have been.
For me, it was the first time in 7 years that I finally got to stay home for the holidays! My husband’s family lives in Seattle, and while I love going to visit, sometimes it is just nice to stay home at enjoy the week that my company graciously gives us off for the last week of the year.
Well, due to a trip out west to record his debut solo rock album in August, hubs got to see his family and friends and I got my holiday at home.
Now, Christmas isn’t my holiday, but it is his so I had decided to throw a “traditional” Jewish Christmas party on Christmas Eve for all my Jewish friends and Christmas orphans. You know Chinese food and movies 🙂
Tom Colicchio had shared a tweet back in November about us Jews and Chinese food, which had me cracking up and totally summed up how not kosher everything I cooked was.
Okay, back to my story, now this is the first time I’m making Chinese food – ever. Lucky for me, NYC has three Chinatowns to shop from so all my ingredients were easy to acquire. I picked up a wok, seasoned it a few days earlier and was ready to go. The party was successful, dinner was delicious, but I was in the kitchen the entire time and not one photo was taken! Bad food blogger, bad! My mom told me – I’d be cooking the entire time. She threw a Chinese party once, same thing happened to her. If the food isn’t served hot, it won’t be good. So of course, I was cooking and serving, cooking and serving. However, a great time was had by all and by the end of the night, with a full belly my movie of choice ended up being a little David Tennant Doctor Who Christmas special. Perfect way to end the night!
Lucky for me though, one of the few leftovers that I did end up with was the crispy pork belly that I made from Bee Yinn Low’s cookbook Easy Chinese Recipes. Bee’s cookbook and blog Rasa Malaysia was my guide through this entire process. So with my pork belly and a little twist on her fried rice recipe a yummy leftover dinner was whipped up last night.