On Sunday we celebrated Chinese New Year with some generous friends who know what to do with ingredients like red bean paste (hóngdòu shā, 紅豆沙).  2012 is the Year of the Dragon.  Eastern culture reveres the dragon as a mythical creature who is both enchanted and a sign of intense good fortune.  Western culture has traditionally viewed the dragon as something to be hunted and slain.  Yin and Yang I guess.

Artist Alan Jeffries paints his own mythology.  Plenty of food for thought.