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Fish – Abundance of Wealth in Chinese New Year

Fish symbolise abundance in Chinese Culture

Fish symbolise abundance in Chinese Culture

Fish are served on Chinese New Year. In Chinese culture, fish or yu (鱼) in Mandarin is symbolised with abundance, also pronunced as yu (余).

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Chinese Dumplings

Chinese Dumplings

Chinese Dumplings

Chinese Dumplings look like silver ingots. Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during New Year celebration, more money you can make in the New Year.

Almost all Chinese people can make dumplings, first mix the dough, second make the dough into wrappers by a rolling pin, third fill the wrappers with pork, beef, vegetable, fish or anything else can be used as stuffing.

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Spring Rolls – Chinese New Year Gold Bars

Spring Roll

Spring Rolls

The Chineses serve spring rolls, 春卷 (chun juan) on dining table during Chinese New Year because the rolls symbolise wealth their shape is similar to gold bars. They associate the name with Spring because Chinese New Year is also the Spring Festival, they welcome the Spring season in China.

Spring Rolls contain pork and vegetable. They can be easily taken on picnics.

The dish is actually nutritious and delicious.

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Mandarin Oranges, the Gold in Chinese New Year

During Chinese New Year, you get to see whole lots of crates of mandarin orange sold around the chinese towns.

In Cantonese, mandarin oranges is pronounced as Gan or Gam, which is similiar to the sound of Gold. It is no wonder that to the Chinese, mandarin oranges is the symbol symbol of wealth and good fortune.

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Food Served on Inauguration Day

Barack Hussein Obama sworn in as 44th President on United States of America, on Inauguration Day on 20 January 2009.

The following menu is the same food served during late Abraham Lincoln era.

The Menu
Appetizier
Seafood stew in puff pastry including scallops, shrimp and lobster

 

Scallop

Scallop

Shrimp as Appetizer

Shrimp as Appetizer

Lobster

Lobster

Main Course
“Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck)” served with sour-cherry chutney and molasses sweet potatoes

Duck Dish

Duck Dish

Pheasant dish

Pheasant dish

Molasses Sweet Potatoes

Molasses Sweet Potatoes

 

 

Dessert
Apple cinnamon sponge cake and sweet cream glacé

Apple Cinnamon Cake

Apple Cinnamon Cake

 

Sweet Cream Glacé

Sweet Cream Glacé

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Salmonella – FAQs

Due to recent salmonella outbreak that sickened 453 people and claimed 6 lives, U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) on Staurday warned consumers not to eat any related peanut butter products. Cereal giant, Kellogg has had recalled its 16 products conataining peanut butter as of late friday.

What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is bacilli that causes diarrheal illness humans. They spread through feces from humans or animals to other humans or animals.

If present in food, it does not usually affect the taste, smell, or appearance of the food. The bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of infected animals and humans.

What is salmonellosis?
Salmonellosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonellosis causes an estimated 1.4 million cases of foodborne illness and more than 500 deaths annually in the United States.

What are the symptoms of salmonellosis?
Most people experience diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 8 to 72 hours after the contaminated food was eaten.

Salmonella infections can be life-threatening especially for infants and young children, pregnant women and their unborn babies, and older adults, who are at a higher risk for foodborne illness.

What are the bad effects?
Persons with diarrhea usually recover completely after several months.  However, a small number of persons who are infected with Salmonella may develop pains in their joints, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.

How do people get salmonellosis?
Salmonella is usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.

What foods causes such illness?
Any raw food of animal origin, such as meat, poultry, milk and dairy products, eggs, seafood, and some fruits and vegetables may carry Salmonella bacteria.

How can we prevent salmonellosis?
The key to preventing illness at home, in a restaurant, at a church picnic, or anywhere else is to prevent the bacteria from growing to high levels and to destroy the bacteria through cooking to a safe minimum internal temperature.

The following steps to be observed:

  • CLEAN: Wash Hands and Surfaces Often
  • SEPARATE: Don’t Cross-contaminate
  • COOK: Cook to Safe Temperatures
  • CHILL: Refrigerate Promptly

For more information:

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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No Eating Peanut Butter Products – FDA

Due to widespread salmonella outbreak, U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) on Staurday warned consumers not to eat any related peanut butter products. The investigation of the outbreak is ongoing and continuing.

Salmonella outbreak, linked to peanut butter, has already sickened 453 people and claimed 6 lives.

Cereal giant, Kellogg has had recalled its 16 products conataining peanut butter as of late friday. Products include included Keebler cheese and peanut butter sandwich crackers and Keebler and Famous Amos peanut butter cookies..

Peanut Corp., based in Lynchburg, Va., issued its own recall Tuesday of 21 lots of peanut butter for possible salmonella contamination. It makes the product for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries and private label food companies.

Related Sources:

1. HealthyDay.com, ScoutNews, LCC

2. Peanut Butter products recalled by Kellogg

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