What Kind of Food Do You Have When It's Family Reunion Time?

Hong Kong
September 25, 2007 7:16am CST
It's Mid-Autumn Festival here tonight and it's one of the family reunion times for dinner. Every family would gather together to have a nicer meal than usual. Me and my mom today had a nice fish, some veggies and some shrimps for dinner, with rice. What about you? When you have family reunions, what kind of dishes would be a must?
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
26 Sep 07
I used to hate family reunions and especially the part about sharing food. It was always "pot luck" and I wondered where that name came from but never looked it up before. I just thought it would be a matter of luck whether the people who brought prepared the food with clean hands and the same attention to sanitation that we had at home. Yuck. It was like playing Russian Roulette, as far as I was concerned. Pot luck dinners at places I worked were worse. There we knew which people had poor hygiene because certain people always used the bathroom and then went out without washing their hands. Which is worse, knowing the food is contaminated or just thinking it probably is. That settled, there was usually potato salad and corn bread and chicken. Pies and cakes and ice cream were a must for dessert. We don't eat that way any more. In fact, the term "pot luck" refers to the old practice of keeping a pot of food always cooking over a fire so that anything could be tossed in the pot, and it was a matter of luck what you eventually fished out. That sounds OK to me.
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• Hong Kong
26 Sep 07
*laughs* Interesting! We don't have that around here. And usually only one person would cook the food and that would be the "Woman" in the house where the reunion is held. Now, we do go to restaurants and stuff to have big dinners when the reunion comes so no one has to cook except the chef. But I kind of miss the home food!
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
26 Sep 07
Well, "restaurants" is the stuff we do, too, preferably buffets where each person can choose favorites without being a drag on the rest, but I prefer getting together with just a few relatives at a time than having a big gathering where somebody inevitably ends up being obnoxious. But that comes from having had really big family reunions in the past. Maybe one of us should write a really funny article for Helium about how it happens that people think of the women as "cooks" and the men as "chefs" or maybe we could even do it here on myLot only in a less formal style.
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@magikrose (5425)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Not too long ago my husband and I went to a family reunion with his fathers side of the family and it is always a cook out and bring your own food. We bring hamburgs,hot dogs,snacks and desserts for the kids. Some of the other family brings large bowls of diffrent salads and others bring veggies and dip to munch on not to mentone a huge bowl of mixed fruit. We all realise that we cant remember everything and if we are missing something someone else will have it and are always willing to share. Most of all and most important is the time we get to spend together as a family and catch up with those we dont get to see often enough through out the year.
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• Hong Kong
26 Sep 07
Yes spending time together as a family and catch up is really important!
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
27 Sep 07
your discussion made me think.... yeah the food that is always serve during our reunion was never changed. always this oily and heavy meals but of course delish. i came from a family where cooking is a hobby and eating as well. so if you are on a diet get ready to burn all of that as soon as reunion is over for you are going to be guilty after eating.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 07
Hello wondericequeen, We don't have any special dishes for our family reunion. My mother is an excellent cook. Whatever she cooks, it tastes so delicious and very tempting to try before being put on table *laughs* But I prefer lobsters or any seafood will do. My mother always has a headache whenever it comes to food. She has many children that have different kind of preference for food. Unfortunately for my other siblings,my preferred food is her priority!
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@huntbird (277)
• China
25 Sep 07
In past years, my family will have chicken,i believe every chinese' dinner will include chicken in the reunion time,and some soup is necessary,and fish,vegetable..and so on.But this year,i studying in college far away from home,so i can stay together with my family to view the moon,what a pity.and the climate is not so good tonight.the rain is going on .hope everybody have a good mid autumn festival day.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Sep 07
I think as to Chinese, there are two main foods that are important for the important festivals. They are chicken and fish. So we have these for the Mid-autumn Festival.
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• Hong Kong
29 Sep 07
Yes definitely chicken and fish for us! *laughs*
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Seafood, especially shrimp, is a big thing for my family when we get together. Cole Slaw that isn't ordinary, some with raisins and nuts in it, that's well-loved. Cranberry sauce. Some kind of meat. Sweet potatoes, the rest of the time, we usually eat white potatoes. Desserts, usually at least 3 kinds.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
26 Sep 07
Well, there will always be spaghetti... everybody in my family loves to eat my mother's spaghetti... there will also be fried chicken for the kids... salad for the grown ups... especially those who are in a diet... fruit salad... pork barbeque... fish barbeque (Tilapia and Milk fish or Bangus in our language)...
@2babita (1074)
• India
25 Sep 07
Well,in my family reunion I make biriyani,and with it I make chicken ried,dry chilly chicken and fruit salad.
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