There are no photos of the Chinese New Year celebration, only before and afters. Before, a sheet of beets waiting to be roasted, diced, and then tossed with four avocados; before, a finely minced head of red cabbage waiting to mingle with napa cabbage, cilantro, lime and parsley; and after, the final trio of cupcakes, a sweet, spun sugar present from a friend. Two recent lunches, too, enjoyed in the hug of the sun.
“The year of the Tiger is traditionally associated with massive changes and social upheaval. Therefore, 2010 is very likely to be a volatile one both on the world scene, as well as on a personal level. Tigers who thrive on chance and unpredictabilty are best suited to navigating the many upheavals predicted in the year ahead. Those compatible with the Tiger — the Dragon and the Horse in particular — may also find 2010’s erratic circumstances inspiring them to ever bolder action, and ultimate success.Those born under other signs will suffer, by degree, depending on how flexible they are to change. Those who can keep a steady hand on the helm may be shaken, but undeterred by the typically thunderous events foreseen in any Tiger year.”