Celebrate the Year of the Sheep! (Recipe and Children's Book Giveaway)


This year 2015, Chinese New Year starts on February 19 and we will be moving from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Sheep. I am sharing a Chinese New Year Dumpling recipe with you today as well as giving away two Chinese New Year children's books.  
What better way to celebrate than to make your own dumplings! The recipe below is for a traditional pork and chive filling, but the great thing about dumplings is that you can make all sorts of different fillings. 
Recipe and Books courtesy of http://www.chinainstitute.org/
Visit and post a photo of your dumplings to Our Forbidden City's Facebook page and the chef with the yummiest looking batch will receive a free copy of our We All Live in the Forbidden City books! Let me tell you a little bit about these books. 
This is the Greatest Place! The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals 
Ages 4-9 
Brian Tse, author 
Alice Mak, illustrator 
Ben Wang, translator; 
Nancy S. Steinhardt, editor 

Rabbit is eating breakfast with his friends Baby Squirrel, Young Porcupine, and Little Brother Panda when an unexpected visitor arrives. He is a master builder, searching for inspiration to design a great palace for the Emperor of China. Together, Uncle Builder and the little animals explore how nature supplies us with the wonders that enrich our lives. Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak, this book teaches children about Chinese architecture, how nature’s influence can be seen around us, and how people and animals can live together in harmony. The illustrations capture the majesty of both the natural world and the Forbidden City and are enhanced by interactive components for readers, including a gatefold spread and lift-flaps.
In the Forbidden City 
Ages 9 and up 
Chiu Kwong-chiu, author 
Design and Cultural Studies Workshop, design and illustrations 
Ben Wang, translator; 
Nancy S. Steinhardt, editor 

Serving as the seat of imperial power for six centuries, the Forbidden City is one of China’s most famous and enigmatic landmarks. Accompanied by a mischievous cat, readers will tour this colossal architectural structure, discovering the secrets hidden inside the palace walls. They will encounter the people who have walked through its halls and gardens, including emperors, empresses, and rebel leaders, and hear exciting tales about the power struggles and intrigues of everyday life. This large format book conveys the grandeur of the Forbidden City through highly detailed line drawings of its buildings, gardens, and courtyards with numerous foldout spreads. Each page is populated by a large variety of characters and peppered with entertaining anecdotes. Every book includes a plastic magnifying glass for looking at the drawings more closely.

Now, here's your chance to win. Leave me a comment below telling me: 
What is your favorite Chinese New Year tradition? 
I'll go first, the Lion dances, they are so beautiful and I love being able to see them perform every year. 

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