I got these decorations from Jusco, little amulets and trinkets with various auspicious symbols.
A gold nugget to symbolise abundant wealth for the year.
Angelica hard at work decorating the Chinese New Year tree, which is a bunch of pussy willows in a vase.
...until I discovered she was actually plucking the blooms off the pussy willow!
Our lovely Chinese New Year tree! Those are pom-pom flowers that I made hanging from the ceiling.
A basket of oranges. I really should take the wrappings off, but I had no time. When they're off, the whole room is infused with a refreshing citrus scent.
Angelica helping me fill my glass jars with snacks, or as she calls them, junk!
All filled up!
I love my vintage-style glass jars. Angelica now has a little tuck shop to man, although I think she's doing more eating than selling.
Sorry, I can't help it; another gratuitious picture of my glass jars. From left: Assorted rice crackers, oven-roasted cashew nuts, bak-kua (dried meat, a quintessential Chinese New Year delicacy) and pistachio nuts (whose name in Mandarin means happy nut).
The star of the show (my show, anyway) pineapple tarts. We have four varieties this year! Perfect with a scalding hot cup of Chinese tea. Featuring Mandarin Orange by Angelica:P
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, work was under way for a lavish dinner.
Curry, char siew, fried noodles, prawns, steamed fish, vegetables and a whole leg of pork. The candles are not for Valentine's day; they are to keep the pesky flies away:P
A close-up of the leg of pork, great with ground chilli and garlic sauce.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!