Students and visitors at Ellesmere College celebrated Chinese New Year in traditional fashion with the College's teacher of Chinese, Lucy Ding.
Lucy worked with the students in the Sixth Form boarding house - St Oswald's, making two types of Chinese lucky dumplings - pork mince with Chinese cabbage, and beef mince with onions, green beans and carrots.
These classic Chinese New year delicacies have a history of more than 1,800 years, and the dumplings - 饺子 Jiǎozi /jyaoww-dzrr - are traditionally eaten on Chinese New Year's Eve.
The dumplings can be made to look like Chinese silver ingots (boat-shaped, oval, and turned up at the two ends)and legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you can make in the New Year.
Dumplings are generally made from minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin. Popular fillings are minced pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. They can be cooked by boiling, steaming, frying or baking.
Students also took part in a Chinese Calligraphy session, learning how to write the most popular and luckiest Chinese Characters, "福 (fu)" which means "blessing; happiness; good luck and good fortune.
Happy Year of the Pig everyone!
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Lucy Ding with students celebrating Chinese New Year.
14th February 2019 Back to News