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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Steamed Cod with Gingered Tomatoes~ Chinese New Year &VH Sauces

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Yesterday, was the start of the year of the Dragon. That's right, Chinese New Year, started yesterday. Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as "Spring Festival". It is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar and it's origin is itself centuries old. It is tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck.The Dragon, is the only mythological and “free spirit” of the Chinese Zodiac.This year we celebrate luck, prosperity, longevity, wealth, happiness and peace.

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The kids and I really had fun getting ready for our feast. We made a paper dragon (in photo above) and paper lanterns. The kids really love learning about different cultures and enjoyed the tidbits of information I shared during out meal.

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I was excited to use VH Sauces for our Chinese New Year dinner. My Mom used VH sauces, when I was growing up, so I know that the sauces are delicious, affordable and reliable. When a particular brand has been around for so long, you know it's good. For our meal, I chose fish, because it signifies good luck. I was intrigued by the combination of tomatoes and ginger. Something I had never thought of putting together. This was absolutely fabulous! The fish was flaky and tender and went perfectly with the tart tomatoes and sweet ginger. It was very different and delicious way to prepare fish and the kids were crazy for it.

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To accompany our fish, I also prepared some spring rolls and served it with a VH Hoisin Dip. The dip was sweet and savory, with a nice garlic-y undertone. It went very well with our salty vegetable spring rolls. The kids prefered regular plum sauce, with theirs, but us adults enjoyed this kicked up version, that wasn't overly sweet.

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I really enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year with the family. But, on those nights where we just don't have time to celebrate, we happily enjoy VH Steamers. These are a great way to add some Asian flare to your life, in just a matter of minutes. Full of amazing flavour, these steamers are perfect for those nights when life is just too busy. We enjoy them as a quick lunch as well. My favourite flavour is Zesty Orange Chicken, with tender pieces of chicken, crunchy vegetables and a slightly sweet citrus sauce. Whether is a special Holiday, or just any old day of the week, VH Sauces gives you tons of tasty meal ideas!

“Disclosure – I am participating in the VH Chinese New Year Celebration 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.”

Steamed Cod with Gingered Tomatoes

Adapted from VH Sauces

Ingredients

    PAM® Original Cooking Spray
    4 x 6 oz (175 gr) cod fillets, boneless
    2 cups (500 mL) grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
    1 cup (250 mL) VH® Sweet & Sour Sauce
    ¼ cup (60 mL) fresh cilantro or basil, coarsely chopped
    4 tsp (20 mL) fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped

Directions

    Preheat oven to 375˚F ( 190˚F), spray 4 large sheets of foil with PAM® Original Cooking Spray, foil should be large enough to hold 1 piece of fish.
    On the middle of each piece of foil place ½ cup (125 mL) tomatoes, 1 tsp (5 mL) ginger, 1 piece of fish and cover with ¼ cup (60 mL) of VH® Sweet & Sour Sauce. Sprinkle each filet with 1 tbsp (15 mL) cilantro.
    Close up foil packages and cook in oven on lowest rack until fish is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Serve with cooked white rice.



Spring Rolls with Hoisin Dip
Adapted from VH Sauces

Ingredients

    24 ready-made spring rolls
    ½ cup (125 mL) VH® Garlic Hoisin Sauce
    ½ cup (125 mL) VH® Plum Sauce
    1 tsp (5 mL) sesame seeds (optional)

Directions

    Cook spring rolls as directed on the package.
    In a small bowl stir together VH® Garlic Hoisin Sauce, VH® Plum Sauce and sesame seeds.
    Serve dip with hot spring rolls.

This post linked to

 See ya in the Gumbo
Things That Make you Say: Mmmmm
Delicious Dishes
Hearth and Soul
Tasty Tuesday

4 comments:

MM said...

I cleaned my house top to bottom Sunday. A day early. Does it still count?!

Love the paper dragon and lanterns. While I've never seen tomatoes & ginger together like that, it sounds great.

Thanks for linking and for sharing the info on Chinese New Year

Kristy Lynn said...

i really appreciate the Chinese New Year tid-bits! I have to admit to being a little ignorant when it comes to the details of that particular tradition - though the grocery store by my house is decked the heck out for it! So thank for that.

And thanks for a new and interesting idea re Cod! I love long-line, pacific caught wild cod and am always looking for new ways to enjoy it.

PS. High five for Canadian bloggers!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

Your Chinese New Year dinner looks wonderful - I love the cute decorations. I especially like the sound of the steamed cod with the gingered tomatoes. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Karyn Tripp said...

We have been having fun with Chinese New Year here, too! Thanks for linking up a great recipe @ Things That MAke You Say Mmmmm!