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Month: February 2018


Kung Hei Fat Choi!


Chinese New Year will fall on Friday 16th February this year, as always there will be a fun filled street party to see in the year. 2018 will welcome the Year of the Dog, the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign.

The Birmingham Chinese New Year event is one of the largest to be held in the Midlands and last year attracted over 30,000 people from all cultural backgrounds. This free event has been organised by the Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham and despite cuts from the council and local grants, organisers have said 2018 celebrations will be bigger and better than previous years.

Celebrations will take place on Sunday 18th February from 11.30am until 4.30pm in the Chinese Quarter. Hurst Street, Ladywell walk and the Hippodrome theatre will be lined with pop up stalls selling delicious Chinese street food such as dumplings and noodles. There’s plenty of activities for the kids including lantern making, learning Chinese calligraphy, face painting and fun fair rides.

The main stage will be in the Arcadian Centre where the public will be treated to singing, dancing, acrobatics and the famous lion dance and firecrackers.

If you plan to join in the Chinese celebrations, here’s a few phrases that will impress your Cantonese speaking friends and party goers:

Kung Hei Fat Choi – meaning ‘wish you wealth’
San Lin Fai Lok – meaning ‘happy new year’

For more information on the full Chinese New Year celebrations programme and road closures around Birmingham City Centre click on the following link:


Ready Steady Flip


Pancakes are often associated with Shrove Tuesday, the last day to binge on fatty foods before giving up some of our favourite things for lent. Traditionally, eggs, sugar and milk were not consumed during the fast, so pancakes were made to use up these ingredients before Ash Wednesday to prevent any temptation.

Nowadays, Pancake Day seems to be a bit of a fun tradition in many households, particularly when we can get the kids involved. Flipping pancakes is a tradition dating back to the 1400s and was only done to stop the pancakes from burning. Unless you are skilled enough to flip a pancake without it sticking to the ceiling or falling flat on the floor, flipping pancakes really isn’t necessary.

There are many variations from the flat pancake to the fluffier Scottish and American variety and an endless list of toppings, both sweet and savoury. My favourite is Nutella with bananas, sounds like a sin but it does contain one of the my five a day lol.

If you’re looking for more adventurous flavour combinations or for kid friendly recipes, check out the following links: