Skip to main content

Happy Multicultural Rabbit

We went along to Chinatown on Sunday for the Year of the Rabbit celebrations.
Our divvy of a prime minister was recently banging on about how multiculturalism has failed in the UK so I wish he could have been there on Sunday to see how many visitors this "failed multiculturalism" attracted to London.

Politics aside this was such a fun day out. It was heaving but years of living in London have made me much better at dealing with crowds and the majority of people were pretty polite. I just laughed at those who weren't. They were obviously soooo much more important than everyone else.

Year of the rabbit

We managed to catch glimpses of the lion dancers blessing the shops with the drums and cymbals chasing away bad spirits.

Year of the rabbit

One of the sponsors was Kung Fu Panda!

Year of the rabbit

As well as the Panda there were wise old men conferring longevity and other attributes to the crowds and a money tree for prosperity.

Year of the rabbit

Year of the rabbit

There were also things to spot if you looked up


Year of the rabbit

Year of the rabbit

and lots of young Chinese women were sporting bunny ears (in a non playboy fashion)

Year of the Rabbit

After mooching around we headed into Covent Garden to Wahaca which does great Mexican food using British ingredients.

Wahaca

Another happy rabbity refried bean Sunday in London! Perfect.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Deja deja decisions

After all my decision making in my post yesterday, and my eagerness to cast on, my brain interfered again and I spent most of the evening playing with colour combos in Excel.

It looked like this:



I stared at it for ages, showed it to my other half, stared at it again, showed it to my other half*
*repeat until bedtime.

I decided to get stuck in having whittled it down to two possible layouts. I'm still not one hundred percent sure but I'm hoping I'll have a better idea by the time I'm at the next colour change.

Food: easy five spice soda bread

In that idle time between Christmas and New Year some have dubbed Twixmas, I found myself recuperating from spending a week with my very intense mother-in-law by watching mid-morning TV.


I flicked over to Nadiya's British Food Adventure where this recipe for red split lentils and five-spice soda bread caught my eye.

I'm a big fan of curry; it's my favourite cuisine and the combo of lentil soup and soda bread ticked the right boxes. My dad is a keen breadmaker and he talked about making soda bread over Christmas which had tickled my interest. While I like the idea of making bread, I'm unlikely to have bread flour or yeast in and I find the kneading and proving off putting, but soda bread is doable.

The lentil soup was eaten before I thought of photographing it. It's similar to dhals we routinely make for dinner - so cheap and easy to do - though the garlic and butter were a treat. The bread has lasted for a few days as there are only two of us in the house. I manag…

Deja decisions

Almost two years to the day that I cast on for what has so far been my biggest FO, I'm casting on another.

When I found out my first nephew was on the way I um'd and ah'd over what to knit for him; i.e. I spent hours browsing Ravelry looking at ALL THE BABY THINGS.

I wanted to make him a blanket, something he'd hopefully use and keep for several years, maybe into adulthood. While I like knitting modular patterns, crocheting motifs and generally being a clever clogs, my brain kept on returning to a simple yet effective pattern.

#knitting pattern is Teddy blanket by Millamia A photo posted by clarestorry (@gingerknits) on Apr 20, 2014 at 9:44am PDT

I've worked with MillaMia in the past and their oh so cheerful Teddy Blanket had always attracted a lot of attention at yarn shows. It's a very easy knit though it is an exercise in stamina.

After doing more browsing (thanks again Ravelry) I decided on it but using Rico Essential Cotton, not MillaMia yarn, as although …