Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Horse!
I grew up with the manga/anime series Fruits Basket, about a girl who comes to live with a family cursed with the spirits of Chinese Zodiac. Isuzu (“Rin”) above is possessed by the spirit of the Horse.
Copyright: written and drawn by Natsuki Takaya, published by Tokyo Pop.
Now, last week was all about The Zen of Convenience Cooking
, a.k.a. The Path To Direct Enlightenment Through Convenience Cooking (because that’s what Zen really is: the most direct path to enlightenment).
But sometimes, Zen-like productivity truly sucks, and it’s because it assumes that you are happy doing the task that you need to focus on.
Let me explain:
The Chinese New Year is coming up on 31st January and we will be welcoming in the Year of the Horse!
Now I gotta confess, my main connection with the Chinese New Year is that I’m also Japanese, and we use the Chinese Zodiac for our astrology rather than Western astrology. I was born in the Year of the Ox – the Western equivalent being Capricorn. In fact, as well as being an Ox, I was also born a Capricorn – kinda like a double-Capricorn/Ox/Goat. I got horns. (Just kidding. But you never know.)
ANYWAYS! In light of this event, I wanted to look at some of the popular ideas that have more or less been integrated into our lives and figure out if they can apply to cooking.