Gong Xi Fa Cai! As we usher in the Year of the Dragon, we’re keen to help you cultivate good luck, prosperity, and delicious flavours right in your backyard. Let’s dive into the world of Chinese New Year celebrations and the bountiful harvests from your Vegepod that will bring you fortune all year round!
Here are some of our favourite Year of the Dragon vegetables and herbs.
Carrots: These vibrant orange delights are not only a symbol of good luck but also a crunchy and sweet addition to your celebratory dishes. Harvest a handful of homegrown carrots for a prosperous start to the year.
Cabbage: In Chinese culture, cabbage represents wealth and prosperity. Freshly picked cabbage from your Vegepod can be used in stir-fries, dumplings, or even as a crunchy base for a festive salad.
Parsley: Known for its vibrant green colour, parsley is associated with wealth and good fortune in Chinese traditions. Sprinkle fresh parsley from your Vegepod on your favourite dishes for an extra touch of prosperity.
Cucumbers: Refreshing and crisp cucumbers symbolise good health and happiness. Slice them up for a healthy snack or add them to salads for a burst of freshness from your Vegepod.
Sage: Sage is often used in Chinese cooking for its aromatic and earthy flavour. Harvest some sage from your Vegepod to infuse a layer of richness into your festive dishes.
Chives: Chives symbolise longevity and are a staple in Chinese cuisine. Snip a handful of chives from your Vegepod and use them to enhance the flavour of dumplings, noodles, and stir-fries.
Thyme: With its aromatic and savoury profile, thyme can add depth to your Chinese-inspired recipes. Harvest a sprig or two to elevate the flavour of your dishes and bring good fortune to your table.
Now that you’ve got all the ingredients, here are some of our top ideas to celebrate Chinese New Year with a Vegepod twist.
Vegetable Dumplings with Carrot and Cabbage
Use your homegrown carrots and cabbage to create a filling that represents luck and wealth. Incorporate chives for an extra layer of flavour and longevity.
Sesame Cucumber Salad
Freshly harvested cucumbers make this salad crisp and delightful. Toss in some parsley for a touch of prosperity.
Sage and Thyme Stir-Fried Tofu
Infuse the rich flavours of sage and thyme into a tofu stir-fry for a dish that's both aromatic and auspicious.
This Chinese New Year, embrace the spirit of the Dragon and cultivate your own fortune with the goodness growing in your Vegepod. Sow the seeds of good luck, prosperity, and delicious feasts right in your backyard. May your Year of the Dragon be filled with bountiful harvests and culinary delights!