Our book group meets each month, but every other gathering is essentially an excuse to drink tea and eat cake. Waiting for everyone’s schedules to accommodate a new book was delaying the regular catching up that everyone was really after, so this was the pragmatic compromise. Book or no book, these afternoons offer a perfectly reasonable excuse to try out a new cake recipe. Continue reading “An afternoon cake”
I realize that we’re well into 2016 already, but I hope you’ll afford me the space to wish you a Happy New Year all the same. I spent early January snuggled up with a new niece and racing after a not-so-new-but-very-fast nephew. Mid-January, I was back in Scotland and wondering how we would ever cope with the pervasive grey. And the past two weeks, I have been noticing the lengthening daylight hours and trying to start this new year with the oomph it deserves.
The Chinese New Year is coming up this week, though, so I’m going to sneak this post in under the wire. When a friend invited us over to make dumplings and celebrate the Chinese New Year, I said yes immediately. I have vague, school-aged memories of paper dragons and festivals on television, but I I have never made dumplings before. It’s something I’ve always wanted to learn, and communal dumpling making with an expert and her friends sounded like the perfect way to spend a mid-winter evening. Continue reading “Happy New Year”