Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations for us. With lack of family living near us, its quieted down a lot. My mom has never stopped her traditions though. A week of celebrations is what it seems like. We have plenty of food all the time: Chicken, Duck, Shrimps, Veggies, Fish, etc. Also, my mom makes turnip, taro and chestnut cakes (which to me, are the best in the world). No restaurant has ever compared. My mom usually does everything for the celebrations every year. This year my mom made New Year Cake and it was delicious
This year, I decided to contribute a bit on my own. I made some pretty good almond cookies. I found the recipe at here: http://chinesefood.about.com/od/dessertcookies/r/almondcookies.htm The only ingredient that I didn’t have was the actual almond to put on the top of each cookie. I believe it was still a decent cookie. Everyone who tried it liked it.
This is how it turned out:
There will definitely be a second batch where I will add the almond on top. It would probably made the overall appearance look nicer and at the same time, it would probably not only smell like almonds but rather taste a bit of the almond flavor as well.