There will be more posts to come involving these two events. We had 22 people at my place last night bringing in the year of the tiger, with food coming out the wazoo! I will also be cooking a romantic meal for Hamsley as I for Valentine's Day, as part of the cookbook challenge's "love" theme.
Not Quite Nigella... but mum was no longer making curry. Then there were a few desserts I wanted to try, but had never made before. I didn't want my dessert to fail, and I really just wanted to make some Chinese New Year cupcakes. I thought I'd make tiger cupcakes, but I didn't want them to be tragically ugly. So after a bit of google-ing around, I stumbled onto Simply Cake and found my solution. I was already planning on baking red velvet cupcakes for Valentine's Day, so I just thought I'd whip up a double batch whilst I was at it. I've made them before, and the recipe can be found here. I couldn't find buttermilk at the supermarket for the first time ever, so I made my own with 1 tablespoon white vinegar (or lemon juice), then fill it up to the 1 cup mark with milk. Leave it for 5 minutes, then use as the recipe requires.
The red represents health, the gold represents prosperity.