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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A Spanish-influenced Three Pork Casserole with Chorizo and Puy Lentils

Three pork casserole with chorizo and puy lentils.

Cooking with chorizo I’m still in a Spanish frame of mind after my recent trips to Spain. I was there two weeks ago but what some of you might not know is that I actually had to go back again last week for a couple of days. This last trip was for a different work … Continue reading

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Simple 30 minute suppers: Sweet and spicy minced pork noodles

This was gently warming so perfect for winter.

Another instant noodle dish, this time it’s home-made I am FINALLY starting to get over this nasty cold, hooray! Not quite 100% yet so I haven’t actually cooked much this week – good thing then that I made these noodles last week and had the sense to type this up before I got sick. It’s … Continue reading

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My favourite Chinese soup of all time: Spare rib and mustard green soup

You can also use duck instead of pork but I prefer using ribs - the bones provide extra flavour.

What do you eat when you’re ill? I have decided that I am impossible to cook for when ill because I become a very horrible patient. Colds are f–king annoying! One’s not sick enough to be confined to bed but the snot-filled, streaming-eyed person it turns one into means one isn’t fit for company either. … Continue reading

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A Chinese new year special: steamed shui mai, dumpling soup and spring rolls

Freshly steamed shui mai and freshly fried spring rolls. YUM YUM YUM!

Gong Hei Fat Choy everybody! Bam’s Kitchen just posted her dumpling recipe a couple of days ago, which made me laugh and smile with joy because my first post for thebigfatnoodle was a tribute to my Shanghainese mother, who taught me how to make Shanghainese dumplings (Click here for my very first bigfatnoodle recipe). Bam’s … Continue reading

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Simple pleasures: a red cabbage, stilton and walnut salad (with caramelised red onions)

Our surprise recipe that I know we can be really proud of

Simple pleasures = happiness   It has been way too long since I posted a salad recipe and I’m doubly happy about this one because it was a fluke and a surprise. It was also a joint creation with my husband (making it that much more memorable) and something that we threw together in haste … Continue reading

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A baked bean special: chinese-y pork and beans

My childhood on a plate - Chinese style pork and beans

Cooking with baked beans If you haven’t guessed from the title alone, my post today is all about cooking with baked beans. Everyone here normally eats baked beans on toast, or as part of an English breakfast. For me, a tin of baked beans evokes a completely different memory, and that’s because the only time … Continue reading

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Chicken galantine stuffed with sausage, onion and sage

Chicken galantine

Chicken galantine stuffed with sausage, onion and sage On 25 May, I was contacted by a Wiki project contributor for mycitycuisine. org who asked to me to submit this recipe to their Wiki site! Thanks very much for the offer Daniel! Chicken galantine (stuffed with a sausage, onion, sage and garlic stuffing) A few days … Continue reading

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It’s Japan hour at our house :) Pork gyozas

Gyoza - pork, vegetable and ginger-based stuffing

Pork gyozas There’s something about making dumplings that I just find inherently soothing. I don’t know why I love making dumplings but I simply do. I think it brings out the ‘control freak’ side of me, the side that loves having a process to follow, and loves following it to the nth degree. The first … Continue reading

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Slow cooked rolled roast pork with a sage, bacon and cranberry stuffing and home-made apple sauce and ketchup

So much of the fat has rendered off that you can practically see right through it.

Slow cooked rolled roast pork (with a sage, bacon and cranberry stuffing) Whenever I have a big group of friends coming over for dinner, like I did last night, my favourite recipe to turn to is this, a slow cooked rolled roast pork belly, stuffed with my own mixture of cranberries, bacon, sage from our … Continue reading

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