This New Year’s Eve post takes you around the world to enjoy an international new year sampling from each book in the SANDRA TROUX MYSTERIES. In this time of renewal and resolutions, understanding each other in our differences and likenesses can certainly be one of the best promises we can make to ourselves and each other wherever we live. And what better way to do that than to take part in one of the most basic of human needs and pleasures: eating delicious food. Ring in the New Year with the following recipes drawn from Culinary Clues around the World 2.0: one from each volume of the SANDRA TROUX MYSTERIES - a sweet beginning to the new year.
FromMystery of the Ming Connection, enjoy sticky rice balls, a type of dumpling stuffed with red bean paste and coated with coconut. So simple to make and so delicious.
(Sticky Rice Balls)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sweet red bean paste
1-1/2 cup glutinous rice flour (also called sticky rice flour)
Although the custom originated in Southern Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes has become an Italian-American tradition on Christmas Eve. It's the last day of Advent and a festive family dinner of fish and seafood (no meat) is customary in anticipation for the midnight birth of Baby Jesus. Several theories speak to the origin of the number 7 -- the seven hills of Rome; the seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic church; and the most repeated number in the Bible, seven, is mentioned 700 times!
A wide variety of fish and seafood share the Christmas Eve table with spaghetti, soup and vegetable fare -- fried whiting or sole in lemon sauce, lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, shallots, baccala (salted cod), and calamari (squid) in marinara tomato sauce.
Our new and expanded recipe book, Culinary Clues around the World 2.0, contains 11 fish and seafood recipes from several parts of the world, any of which could grace your Christmas Eve feast. The one we've picked may have originated in southern...