Monday, January 3, 2011

new years eve: hot pot

Hot pot (Chinese: 火鍋; pinyin: huǒ guō), less commonly Chinese fondue or steamboat, refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafood. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter.

We got to share in Ruth's traditional hot pot meal for New Year's Eve!

We're both a little unsure...
Going for it...
So GOOD, I want more!!!
Ruth gets a bite finally after throwing in food for the rest of us:)Food coma and cuddles!

Thanks Ruth for sharing your photography and cooking skills with us! What a wonderful way to bring in 2011:)

one lively christmas surprise

Our first pup! Max, a one-year old miniature poodle from the rescue shelter.
He loves having a family to care for him, and we love our newest cuddle bug.

Photos and puppy's trendy jacket courtesy of Ruth from gracelaced :)