Raising Memories: Celebrating Moon Festival (DIY Paper Lanterns, Good Food & A Giveaway)
  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Celebrating Moon Festival (DIY Paper Lanterns, Good Food & A Giveaway)

Have you ever heard of Moon Festival? It's a chinese celebration also known as Mid-Autumn Festival. It's on September 12th this year, and celebration involves gathering as families with brightly coloured lanterns & great chinese cuisine!

We had our own little celebration for Moon Festival this year, with a recipe we found on VH's website and some paper lanterns that the girls made with me.

I tried these origami paper lanterns and decided while they were cute, they'd be too tricky for the girls, so we put some other lanterns (a mini take on these) together and strung them all up on a piece of ribbon. (We decorated them by folding the paper in half & cutting pieces out like you do with paper snowflakes, before assembling them)



The food turned out good- and let me tell you, I am NOT a good cook. I struggle with cooking! I was happy with VH's website for finding a recipe though- the recipes were simple and you could search for a recipe by type of meat, type of sauce, food allergy, time to prepare, and more. That was really cool & I think I'll use it again!

I made "Mandarin Chicken with Broccoli":



Have you tried introducing culture into your meals?
Leave a comment letting me know how you've done so or how you'd like to, & you'll be entered in a contest to win a $50 grocery card! (you could put it toward your own Moon Festival Celebration!) (One of my readers will win!) This contest will run until Sept. 20th, 2011 and is open to Canadian residents only. Please include your email address if it's not in your profile.

You can get an extra entry for following my feed, facebook, twitter, or pinterest. (Just leave a comment for each one you do)

Oh & while I'm sharing easy dinner tips- if you're like me and you need a really easy, really quick dinner solution a lot of the time (either because you're busy running out or because you tend to realize it's dinner time before you've thought of what to make... you might want to give VH Steamers a try! (They're Asian-inspired meals that are ready in less than 5 minutes) I'm looking forward to giving them a try!

Disclosure – I am participating in the VH Moon Festival program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of VH. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own, as always!

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    I've tried introducing international cuisine into our foods, but I really suck at cooking and the stuff you buy in jars or cans tends to have MSG and other stuff in it I can't eat. I gave up, we only eat international take out or at restaurants now :(

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  5. I worked for many years at a non profit immigrant association and was always blessed with exotic foods!

    We had many potlucks and I was able to take the leftovers home to my kids.....

    We also had community kitchens where we would learn to cook a certain food from a different culture ie samozas etc.


    They were exposed to foods from all around the world and they are introducing different ethnicities of foods to their children!

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  9. I would love to introduce more culture into my meals. I seem to get stuck in a rut of making the "same old, same old". I would love to have some Mexican and Chinese themed meals by trying some new recipes!

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  12. With 4 kids I have tried but they do not fancy it. I love culture and food that is not from here. Sadly I usually get it at the mall

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  13. We do a bit of indian and chinese cooking at home the kids really like the change and are usually willing to try something different.

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  15. Both sets of grandparents are different cultures so they come over sometimes and cook for us.

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  16. I'm constantly trying to expound my dinner menu, so branching to other cultures is a must, and I love it. If I have any friends with a different cultural background I try to convince them to have me over for a cooking lesson.

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  17. The foods definitely looks yummy and delicious. I'm always fond of veggies. Thanks!

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  18. I try to find recipes from different cultures that we have never tried before. We have found some great ones that have ended up becoming or favorite goto recipes



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  22. I buy new fruits and vegetables from the local asian market. Some of them work nicely in my recipes, others...not so much!

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  23. A few years ago, I started picking up cookbooks that featured foods from around the world. Since then, I have been cooking my way through them. We love asian food from a variety of cultures, Thai and Indian seem to be our favourites, and yes, we cook them at home!

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  24. I love to google new recipes from different cultures and use them as fun family experiments in the kitchen. It is a great way to try new things.

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