A touch of the orient

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Darlings, we all know that St.Valentine is swooping by this Sunday but we also share it with Chinese New Year, golly what’s a girl to do? One can imagine the double whammy affect in Chinese restaurants all over the country so we will have to give it a miss this year. We love going out to celebrate C.N.Y but the thought of all the slobbering couples with chopsticks makes one feel a little woozy.

Oriental inspiration.

A touch of the Orient can work super well in most homes, a dash here, a dash there. We have a black laquered Chinese cabinet to host the T.V and are on the look out for a screen too.

Osborne and Little always come up trumps with their bold designs and have a willow pattern design to boot!

A few little touches can bring the style together without going overboard.

Image from House to home

Loving the fabric on the back of the chairs.

The most glorious dressing gown to do it in style.

Chinese Pavillion black silk dressing gown from Beckford silk. Yes please darling.

Almond blossom from Angel at my table

: stand for courage and hope. The blossoms burst forth at the end of winter on a seemingly lifeless branch. In Chinese art, plum blossoms are associated with the entire season of winter and not just the New Year.

Embroidered beaded blossom cushion again from Angel at my table

Chic and stylish pagoda birdhouse from Angel

Velvet rose petal shoes, from Angel at my table

What a spectacular table centrepiece, red is a lucky colour it represents wealth and good fortune. Very dramatic .

If all that is required is a nice cup of Chinese tea then this darling little set from Berry Red is the perfect choice.

From Graham and Green

I am crackers( chinese of course) for anything that lights up or twinkles, If  I could there would be fairy lights up all year, Mr.Lee has firmly put his foot down!

Now this must be on ones list for all New Year celebrations!!


This Sega Indoor Firework projector is fabulous darlings!!!   £129.99 from Firebox and I am desperate for one. It even has sound affects. Golly, how perfect to see in Chinese New Year with a crackling whooshing firework display in the comfort of ones home and a Singapore Sling ( or two ) in ones hand.

Singapore Sling Ingredients

The Singapore Sling, perhaps the world’s most famous cocktail recipe, was invented by a Raffles Hotel barman. Make an authentic replica at home with eight ingredients

  • 30 ml Gin
  • 15 ml Cherry brandy
  • 120 ml pineapple juice
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 7.5 ml Cointreau
  • 7.5 ml Dom Benedictine
  • 10 ml Grenadine
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish with a slice of pineapple and cherry

When the calculations are done, the awful truth is that a Singapore Sling contains 70 ml of spirits – 1/3 the volume of this refreshing drink – yet it tastes beguilingly benign. Nevertheless, it’s the equivalent of consuming a half bottle of wine, so be cautious.

Anyone who goes to the trouble of collecting the variety of spirits needed to make an authentic Singapore Sling, should go one step further and do this classic cocktail the honor of drinking it in a cool breezy garden setting and dreaming of tropical Singapore.

I shall settle for a log fire and a Chinese take away.

Oh to be in the Raffles Long Bar...


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