Happy New Year! Again!

Hi Zoinkers! We are so excited to celebrate New Year’s 🙂 (and we thought we’d have to wait a whole year to do that again!)

No, your calender is not wrong nor are we playing a prank. 23rd Jan 2012 is the beginning for the year of the Dragon, in China and they are celebrating it big!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! No prizes for guessing what it means! 😛

The year of the dragon is considered especially special by the Chinese because dragon is the only animal in their zodiac which is mythical. In China dragons are seen as protectors and symbols of good fortune and great power. And since they are larger than life, the year is expected to see grand events. 2012 under the influence of the Dragon it is a yang year. Yang Water is like a flowing river, which means movement; of  ideas, flow of creativity, economies expected to boom, and love to blossom in this environment. Sounds like a really exciting year is about to begin 🙂

And of course, celebrations mean loads of good food and Chinese are no exception to this rule. In order to make the year lucky, they start with a meal with special dishes to mark what they want for the new year. Maybe we should also order in from our favorite chinese take out and see if it really works.

Things you would need on the menu:

For long life

Long Noodles:  Dont break them as they symbolizes long life and continuous good fortune.

Fish: In mandarin, the word fish ‘Yu’ sounds like the word for ‘wish’ and ‘abundance’. Might seem fishy, but what’s the harm in trying to fool the fates? 🙂

Chicken : Would need to find a place which serves a whole chicken for this to work it’s magic as the whole  chicken represents wholeness and prosperity.

Sweet and sour pork : This is for the old folks wanting grandchildren as the Cantonese word for “sour” sounds like the word for grandchild.

Lucky fruits!

Jiaozi or Momos:  These represent family reunions. The round shape also invokes the shape of coins, thus also representing wealth.
Oranges: This is served at the end of the meal and sweet tang is supposed to be flavored like luck.
Well, that’s quite a meal, isn’t it? Whether it actually brings luck and what not, the food is sure to put you  in such a good mood that the rest of year will be worth looking forward to!
Once again, hope you have a great year ahead! 🙂
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Thank You, Zoinkers! :)

It’s the Thanksgiving weekend, and boy, are we thanking our asses off or what! Zoink! is relatively new in the market front and is receiving plenty of rave reviews on its Facebook page and the blog posts. So we thank you. Yes, YOU, who is reading this post right now. Big hug to you too. Spread the love! 🙂

Roasted Turkey with Stuffing

So where were we, yes, Thanksgiving. Well, it’s not an oft celebrated holiday in India (in fact, it’s not even a holiday), but it’s a day, for just being grateful. And what Team Zoink! loves most about Thanksgiving are the traditional family dinners with endless dishes laid out on that table to be feasted upon. Fortunately, Team Zoink! has befriended quite a few Anglo Indian and American families in the city who celebrate the holiday and whip up this amazing dinner and graciously invite us to their homes. We always oblige (why shouldn’t we, they insist!) With all that wonderful goodness of a hearty Thanksgiving meal, we thought we’ll give our Zoinkers! a lowdown on what the traditional Thanksgiving dinner comprises.
The pièce de résistance of the Thanksgiving dinner is that large beautiful turkey with that delicious stuffing sitting like a proud hero in the middle of the table, in all its shining glory. For those of you who have had turkey, you would know how simply yummy the meat is ( we hardly find any restaurants serving us turkey in the city, the closest that would come would be Subway, where you could have a turkey salami sandwich). The turkey preparation is an extremely time consuming process, and sometimes takes up to 6 hours in cooking time altogether. But the wait is most certainly worth it.
The flavour of the turkey is enhanced by the delicious stuffing that goes into it. Usually, it’s a bread based stuffing that includes bread crumbs, carrots, celery, onions and a large helping of the sage herb, that blends in the stuffing well and gives it an immaculate taste. While the traditional stuffed turkey is roasted, a large number of people are also deep frying it to give the meat a crispy skin. However, we don’t advise you to try this at home, as deep frying a large bird tends to be quite a messy and an often disastrous (and dangerous) affair.

Pumpkin Pie

While the turkey is pretty much the hero of the Thanksgiving dinner, it simply HAS to be complemented by a plethora of side dishes. And the most important of them all is the sweet cranberry sauce (this was popularized by Chandler Bing from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. when he is proudly showing off to everyone that he made the sauce when Monica Geller informs him that the sauce is so easy to make, a monkey could have made it!). A bit of that sauce along with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy with a bit of that turkey is literally a bite of heaven. Bread rolls, sweet potato pies, pumpkin pies, Deviled Eggs (halved hard-boiled eggs scooped with creamy yolk and mayo), green bean casserole and corn on the cob.
All of the dishes mentioned in this post are just as tasty as they sound. And that’s simply the typical American Thanksgiving Dinner menu that we shared with you. If you have any recipes or would like to let our fellow Zoinkers! know about any dishes that we’ve missed out, do comment below. We always love feedback!
And, Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂