A look back in time: thebigfatnoodle spring clean

Hawker-style roast pork. This really is my favourite way to eat pork.

Nothing beats a good spring cleaning It was long overdue but it really needed to be done, and what better way to make sure I stayed off my broken foot then to finally finish the blog clean up I started a few weeks ago. It’s taken me almost a month to do so, not just … Continue reading

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Friday is for fish: Steamed fish (hake) Chinese-style

Steamed fish (hake this time), Chinese-style. The best thing about this dish is once it's cooked, you can eat everything that's in the bowl - the fish, the softened ginger/spring onions, the sauce, EVERYTHING!

A fish dish fit for a king I haven’t done a Friday Is For Fish recipe in a really long time, so it’s really disappointing for me when the photos I take don’t come out as nice as I’d like them to. This week, I made some steamed fish, Chinese-style, which I was really looking … Continue reading

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Pan-seared salmon in a ginger and garlic infused oil

Sunday roast fish lunch for me!

In a pink frame of mind As you may know, I’m fending for myself at the moment. I spent Sunday making some spaggie boll sauce (as you do), most of which I will freeze but some which I’ll keep to re-heat quickly during this week. However, just because I had to cook for myself this … Continue reading

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Savoury Jellies: Crab salad served in a pea shoot and tomato jelly

Pea shoots set in tomato jelly.

Jelly making with a savoury twist Some of you may remember that last year, my husband and I visited London’s famous ‘Gherkin’ building to have dinner at Searcy’s restaurant on the top floor. The most memorial part of that night out, apart from the architecture, turned out to be the amuse bouche that we were … Continue reading

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A lime and ponzu dressed salmon carpaccio

salmon carpaccio in a lime and ponzu flavoured marinade

Valentine’s Day – celebrate it because you want to and not because the calendar tells you to… Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which I and many others I know cynically call Hallmark Day. I personally don’t believe that we need a special day to celebrate love when we should be celebrating it every moment of every … Continue reading

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Simon’s Pesce A.O.P (Baked cod in parma ham with roasted vegetables and A.O.P spinach)

Simon's pesce AOP

Video games, zombies and dinner Mr Monster: So our good friend Simon came down to stay and play video games a couple of weekends ago. He bought me a zombie cowboy game for Xmas, which I have great pleasure in watching him play, but he also brought over his PS3 console with another Zombie game, … Continue reading

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Squid and tilapia fish balls cooked two ways

Squid and tilapia fish balls

Eating humble pie Sigh. There are some times, and at my bloody age, when I really should know better… For a few weeks now, I’ve been obsessing about making fish balls. In Southeast Asia, we have fish balls with noodles, dry or in soup, fish balls fried (on a stick as snack food), basically fish … Continue reading

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My French cooking lesson: Isabelle’s saumon en papillote

Isabelle's saumon en papillote, with pickled lemons (genius!) creme fraiche and chives all wrapped in smoked salmon

Kudos to all mums Last weekend, my husband and I took a long overdue trip to Paris to visit some of our friends. A. was the best man at our wedding and it’s amazing to think that we’ve been friends with him for over 15 years. Work, life, distance, having a child (him, not us) … Continue reading

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Simple salads: fennel and green papaya

Fennel and green papaya salad

A taste of licorice  What I’ve really come to enjoy from starting this food blog is seeing how recipes evolve every time someone decides to tweak it to their individual taste. Another blogger I follow has even named her blog Recipe Adaptors.  I do it all the time too, like I’ve done today with this fennel … Continue reading

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It’s Fish Friday :) Chinese rainbow salad with teriyaki salmon and seared scallops

Chinese rainbow salad with seared salmon and scallops

Chinese rainbow salad (with teriyaki salmon and seared scallops) One of the other food bloggers I follow is on what she calls her rainbow diet, eating healthy food the colour of the rainbow, the brighter the better. She’s made some amazing dishes and after the richness of some of my recent creations, I’m going to … Continue reading

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