We spent the evening with Chinese friends to celebrate the new year, and for the girls to learn to make egg rolls! They had a great time -- Zoe & Maya loved playing with our hosts' daughter (with the grapes on a stick!), S. (adopted from China) and her little brother J. They also had fun with arts & crafts, including making Chinese lanterns. Our host's father is an artist and art professor in China, and this is one of his works -- it's from 1 Corinthians 13, the well-known love verse:
The highlight of the evening was learning to make egg rolls:
Don't you love the inventive use of the chopsticks to scoop the filling onto the egg roll skin?!
(A spoon made it a bit easier!)
Then it was roll. . . .
. . . and roll again.
And then fold in the corners before one more roll . . . .
Then a deep fry, and VOILA! Egg rolls!
And yes, they tasted as good as they looked -- completely yummy. We are so fortunate to have Chinese friends who can help my girls learn about their heritage, and feed us wonderful food at the same time. What a fun way to ring in the new year (again)!