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Newsletter: Triple celebrations – for Lunar New Year🧧, Shrove Tuesday🥞 & Valentines Day💝!

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Cooking up a feast for
Lunar New Year

This Sunday, February 10, will see millions gather for Lunar New Year. Celebrating the first new moon of the lunar calendar, and sharing time, and food, with loved ones. We can help you with the food!
Dim Sum are perfect for sharing, make your own with any of the recipes in our Delicious Dim Sum recipe collection. Try classic Crispy Wantons, these delicate steamed Shrimp Dumplings, or something more robust like these Bacon Bao Buns.
Once you’ve got the party started, there are a wealth of dishes worthy of your feast. Regional traditions vary, centred on foods with local significance – in China a Steamed Whole Fish represents wealth and good fortune. Try Beef Brisket Curried Noodles, or sweeten things up with a Chinese New Year Cake. You’ll find all the recipes you need in our collection of dishes for Lunar New Year.
Newly added to ckbk, are Keith Floyd’s Thai Food and Floyd's China both packed with delicious recipes from his culinary travels, many of which would be a great addition to your feast. Try Mussels Steamed with Lemon Grass, or this Fried Fish with Ginger Sauce.

Happy feasting, and a happy Lunar New Year to all!
Find all 93 recipes from Floyd’s China
Pictured above: Mushroom and Chive Dumplings from Jackfruit and Blue Ginger by Sasha Gill

We go together like chocolate & Valentines

They say the way to a man’s heart is via his stomach. Top tip, that doesn’t just apply to men. And if you are ready to woo, with Valentine’s Day in sight, it really has to be chocolate. We consulted chocolate expert Cat Black, who has all the chocolate knowledge needed to thrill your Chocolate-y Valentine.
She talks us through why chocolate is the ultimate treat, and what to offer your beloved to set the mood. Cat shares an indulgent pick of recipes to suit the object of your affections, whatever their style – spicy, fruity, or just plain nutty.

Try this White Chocolate and Lime Tart, whip up a Total Heaven Chocolate Almond Cake, and read Cat’s new feature for all this and more.
If that isn’t enough chocolate, and is it ever, explore our Chocolate Bookshelf for never ending chocolate.

Happy Valentine Warner day

Born on Valentine’s Day, February 14 means double celebrations for chef Valentine Warner. That just might make him the perfect guide to help you cook up an appropriately romantic dinner for two. Get things off to a stylish start by offering Endive Salad with Smoked Cod Roe Dressing, then warm things up with a classic Coq au Vin (both recipes appear in Valentine's book The Good Table).
For a dessert they could not but love, and love you for making it, try this easy and delectable Lemon Posset. Happy birthday Valentine!

Don’t forget to Eat Your Books – ckbk users can get a free 30-day trial

The ckbk / Eat Your Books linkup means that you can easily search your combined print cookbook and ckbk collections via the Eat Your Books website – a vast resource of recipes from thousands of cookbooks.

For any recipes you find in EYB that are on ckbk, you'll find a link straight to the full recipe. 
This collaboration with ckbk is also helping to expand the Eat Your Books list – the Culinary Institute of America's monumental textbook Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft is the latest book to be indexed by Eat Your Books thanks via the partnership with ckbk.

To claim a free 30-day trial of Eat Your Books, just sign up on the Eat Your Books website, click I HAVE A VOUCHER during checkout, and enter the code CKBK24.

What's cooking in #ckbkclub Facebook Group

The cookbook of the month for February is Eleanor Ford's A Whisper of Cardamom – a book packed with sweet spicy treats.

Matt wrote: “First recipe that we tried from #ckbkclub Book of the Month ‘A Whisper of Cardamom’ was this Golden Lemon Drizzle Cake with Poppy Seeds tested by my 14 year old daughter who’s a bit of a cake-baking fiend. 

The poppyseeds add a subtle flavour and crunch and the turmeric certainly brightens it up visually, but it’s the combo of the crunchy sugary drizzle topping and the sour swirled lemon curd and mascarpone filling (apparently the invention of former @ckbk staffer Tonia George) that are the real stars. [we had a slight technical issue with making the sponge cake due to adding all 4 eggs at once. I’d definitely recommend adding them in gradually one by one as you mix]”

Why not share your experiences of cooking from this book? Apply to join and tell us in #ckbkclub.

Ingredient spotlight: oysters

In culinary terms, the oyster is the most prized of marine molluscs. They used to be so plentiful that they were equally available to rich and poor, but have now become harder to come by. Their rarity and high price has made them a truly luxurious treat. Oysters have long been viewed a food for lovers; their reputation as an aphrodisiac dates back to ancient Rome. This likely has more to do with their appearance and scent than any real libido-enhancing properties.
Mostly eaten raw, on the half shell with a dash of red-wine vinegar and some finely minced shallot, opening oysters properly takes skill, and is quite the opportunity to show off some muscular culinary prowess. Oysters are also good poached, smoked, and as a flavorful inclusion in other dishes. Whip up a piquant Oyster Omelette, try Poached-Oysters, Chorizo-Cream, Cucumber-Granita, or any of these 12 Ways with Oysters.

6 of the best pancakes

February 13 is Shrove Tuesday, or as many of us like to call it, Pancake Day! Here are a fabulous variety of pancakes, so get flipping!


from The Farmhouse Kitchen by Mary Norwak

Sumatran Lamb Korma with Golden Lace Pancakes

from Fire Islands by Eleanor Ford

Banana Oat Pancakes

from Simple and Delicious Vegan by Michaela Vais

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

from Peace, Love and Pasta by Scott Conant

Pancakes with Shrimp

from Copenhagen Cult Recipes by Christine Rudolph and Susie Theodorou

Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes

from Let’s Do Brunch by Brigit Binns
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