Monthly Archives: February 2016

the love + ice blocks

I don’t know if you know this, but it was Valentine’s Day the other day. Valentine’s Day is this thing where couples are expected to be romantic and buy each other lots of stuff. It is this thing where people who are single are expected to be sad about their singleness. It is this thing where pink is ultimate and jewellery shops clean up. It is a thing that Hallmark really loves. 

This thing happened the other day. (Now you’ll be ready for next year, you’re welcome). In recognition of this, the theme of Febraury’s Our Growing Edge blogging link-up is ‘Love in all its forms’. Our host this month is Chinelo from Good Cake Day, head on over there for more information and a whole bunch of delicious cakes.

chinese tea eggs

I really don’t know how to start this post. It is Chinese New Year this week, so I thought I would make something Chinese. 

I am in no way Chinese- not even the tiniest bit- and I know very little about China. If there was a handbook called ‘China in Generalisations’ (giant pandas, communism, lots of people, a profound belief in luck etc etc)… That book would encapsulate my knowledge of China. 

crisped greens for jour de la marmotte.

Today is Groundhog Day. Obviously not in Australia; I have never even seen a groundhog, nor did I think their name-day was anything more than an old Bill Murray movie. 

But Groundhog Day is a real thing that happens on the second day of the second month of the year. If it is cloudy when the groundhog emerges from his burrow on this day, the spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will see his shadow, presumably get scared and run back into his burrow, thus winter will persist for six weeks more. There is some bizarro folklore around the world, certainly. I think my favourite thing about Groundhog Day is how it sounds in French, the Jour de la Marmotte.