Which great culinary festival will you choose?

Chinese New Year, Pancake Day, and Valentine’s Day

This week presents us with a delightful predicament: three distinct culinary experiences vying for our attention! As we navigate through the celebrations of Chinese New Year, Pancake Day, and Valentine’s Day, each offers its unique flavours, traditions, and festivities. Choosing just one to focus on this week seems almost impossible, so instead, I thought I’d do a round up of each and let you make your own choices as to which you choose to celebrate!

Chinese New Year: Saturday 10th February 2024

Kicking off the weekend is the start of the vibrant celebration of Chinese New Year, a time of renewal, family gatherings, and of course yummy foods! This year is the Year of the Dragon which in Chinese culture is seen as a time of power, strength, and good luck. People born in this year are believed to inherit these qualities, encouraging them to pursue their goals with determination. We love Chinese food and is one that we often cook (or order in) so here are a few of our favourite recipes if you want to make your own New Year feast to celebrate. Lemon (not) Chicken, Chop Suey, Salt & Chilli Tofu, Dumplings & Spring rolls.

salt and chilli tofu
Salt & Chilli Tofu

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day): Tuesday 13th February 2024

Next on the menu is Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent. While pancakes may seem simple, this day invites us to indulge in our favourite sweet and savoury creations. Whether you prefer classic pancakes with a squeeze of lemon and sugar, fluffy stacks with fresh berries and syrup, or savoury options with creamy sauces and vegetables, Pancake Day offers endless possibilities. Here are a few recipes to get you started: American style pancakes, Chocolate Cherry Pancakes, Oat based pancakes.

Pancakes by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

Valentines Day: Wednesday 14th February 2024

Valentines day will be here before I have a chance to post again and of course, there are so many ways this can be celebrated whether you are part of a couple or not! While traditionally associated with romantic dinners and chocolates, Valentines Day extends beyond romantic gestures to embrace all forms of love and appreciation. So, whether you’re treating your significant other to a candlelit dinner, sharing chocolates with friends, or just indulging in some self care, Valentine’s Day can truly be celebrated by all. If you’re after some special recipes, why not try: a meat free lasagne with salad, or a tasty curry with rice and popadoms, followed by Heart shaped shortbread cookies, or delicious chocolate brownies.

Pancakes for Valentines by Solod Sha on Pexels

What do I need?

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Which of these days will you be celebrating? Are you sharing or eating all the pancakes yourself!? Likely is, we will celebrate all three of these wonderful events in some way or another, although possibly there may be a crossover – pancakes for Valentines breakfast sounds great to me!

Anyway, as always, I love hearing about any recipes of mine you try, any ideas you adapt or suggestions you have for future recipes. Please share and tag me @LifeDietHealth or using #LifeDietHealth on InstagramPinterest,  Facebook or X.

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I hope to speak with you soon

Laurena x

Pancakes by Tatiana Rodriguez on Unsplash


  • evagallon 8th February 2024 at 19:29

    Got to be Shrove Tuesday for me🙂I made Baltic yeast pancakes last year which was lovely but I think I’ll make good old British pancakes this year. My Canadian cousin doesn’t understand why we call them pancakes, she says they should be crepes lol. We just had our village Lent Carnival go past…very odd to do it on a wet, dark Thursday evening. It was always on a Saturday during the day at our last place lol

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 8th February 2024 at 23:25

      Lent Carnival? Ooo, any photos? I think we just might be doing all three… well, at least 3 for sure, I’ll let you guess which 2!


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