Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy New Year of the Tiger

Well Feb 14 heralded the Chinese New Year which this year is the Year of the Tiger. 
Since I was invited to my first Chinese New Years Dinner I have been making paper cut outs of the animal from this lovely copper card I have piles of. I make two at a time, one  for his family and one for me to keep. The first year was the pig and since then there has been a rat a cow and now a tiger.
In the first year I just traced over a papercut out from a reference book I had but since then I have been slowly adapting the designs. This year is my most original piece. I took from the book the basic outline of the tiger though changed the bottom of it to grasses as I didn't like the original design of wheels. I also didn't like the way the original design just had lots of flowers and odd circular cuts. I threw all of that out and went for a striking zigzag style instead. 
Lots of fine cutting with a scalpel later and I have my brand new tiger to add to the collection...

The other tradition is that everyone must bring a plate and I've designated myself quite firmly now amongst the dessert ranks (I don't dare compete with the chinese dishes). This year it was a lemon yoghurt sponge cake with marsala poached prunes, morello cherries and fresh berries.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Engagement Party Shots

Ok so finally got some photos back from the party to share. 

Top Row: Geoff and I cutting the cake. Dad decorated the flagpole with Australian flag at the top and then on one side Dad's flag society flag and signal flags spelling ELK (my initials) and on the other the flag of Penang and signal flags spelling the name Ong (Geoff's surname). Me and my father.
Middle Row: Friends out bowling with their kids. Geoff and I. The cake (gingerbread and cinnamon cream)
Bottom Row: The tables set with flowers. Lawn Bowling. Geoff's family.