Well, I hope you all had a safe and happy new year's eve. Mine was very quiet, which I felt like I needed, and the best part was sleeping in really late this morning. I love sleeping and I never feel like I get enough during the week! I've been having a nice leisurely morning so far, and made myself a bowl of sweet bean soup for my first breakfast of 2010. This is not a very good photo of it--it's made with mung beans (although usually sold in packages labelled as "green beans" at Chinese groceries), pearl barley, some rock sugar, and a lot of water. Sweet bean soups might be a strange concept to some, but trust me, this is really comfort food! Ordinarily I would have made some little rice dumplings with glutinous rice flour to go in it, but a. I'm lazy and b. I had some tong yuan leftover from the solstice.
Tong yuan are basically glutinous rice flour dumplings with a sweet filling--common ones are black sesame, red bean, or lotus, but my favorite is peanut! These aren't that hard to make from scratch, but, well, see point a above. Much easier to buy and keep in the freezer.
I still have cookie posts coming; hopefully I will get some of those up before I leave for vacation--but more on that later. Here's to the new year--may it be the best so far!