This will probably strike a great many of you as incredibly bizarre, BUT...
Chinese New Year and Robbie Burns Day tend to fall very close together, and in my hometown of Vancouver it's become somewhat of tradition to celebrate both events in one: Scottish-Chinese fusion! Even for folks that belong to neither cultural group.
I am living in Edinburgh right now, so the Scottish element of this is a no-brainer. It's the Chinese angle that poses a challenge. I've never really had any call to make Chinese dishes at home (stir-fries aside) because I lived next door to Chinatown and would just toodle over and collect a bunch of goodies and decorations.
Although I haven't got much time I am thinking of hosting a very small gathering of this sort (to the extreme puzzlement and amusement of the Scots I invite, I'm sure). Here's where you come in:
What do I cook? Not sure the restaurants will be a big help in this situation. Again, the whole Scottish element is quite amply covered (unless anyone out there has a fab recipe for something that combines both cultural elements in one dish - I am toying with the idea of "mini-haggises" that are actually potstickers...), so I am looking for cheap and easy decorating ideas and nibblies. I probably won't need to feed more than 6 people. Not looking for anything too major as I am a bit exhausted after all this Christmas business and just getting the flat back in order.
If you are from Edinburgh and can tell me where to get Chinese stuff (not food) - lanterns, lucky money, etc., please please please let me know!