Can you stay for dinner?’s cinna minis (mini cinnamon rolls)

Finding (food) love online – Can you stay for dinner? Guuuuuurrrrrgggghhhhhh….! If you don’t know what that sound is meant to be, it’s actually Homer Simpson drooling whenever he thinks about food. I have had exactly the same ‘guuurrggghh’ moment this weekend – I have found a new blog that I have fallen in love … Continue reading

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Vegetarian delights: A savoury fried (white) carrot cake from South-east Asia (chai tow kway)

South-east Asian street food at its best 🙂 One of my earliest posts for thebigfatnoodle was about how I taught myself to make a local dish from South-east Asia called fried carrot cake. Traditionally, it uses mooli (also called daikon) – a white radish – but I can’t always get hold of this unless I … Continue reading

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Crispy chilli beef

Crispy chilli beef – home-made beats take-away – no contest! Crispy chilli beef has to be one of the most popular dishes people order at Chinese restaurants or from take-aways. More often than not though, the crunchy strips of beef are so tough and so over fried that all you can taste is the greasy … Continue reading

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Crispy and chewy cranberry oat biscuits in less than 30mins

If you’re an impatient baker like me, you’ll love that these biscuits take less than 30 minutes to make and bake Yay, it’s the weekend and that can mean only one thing – a chance for me to tinker in the kitchen! Which is exactly what I did the moment I woke up this morning. … Continue reading

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Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie

Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie This weekend is the big freeze in Europe and while I hate the cold, I’ve been looking forward to seeing some snow for the first time this winter. At 3pm this afternoon, the weather didn’t disappoint. We started to see little wisps of … Continue reading

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

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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Brandy-infused cranberries and a crumble-topped cranberry, walnut and banana cake

On Saturday, I asked my husband if he would like me to make anything for his family as they were coming over for Sunday lunch the next day. Him: “Cake.” he said. Me: “That’s it? Just cake. Any particular cake?” Him: “No, just cake.” And then he wandered off back to his office. Only problem … Continue reading

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Who needs KFC when you can make a crispy ‘cheep cheep’ chicken at home?

Total abstinence is not only impossible, it’s downright silly. I’ve learnt that the more I try and abstain from certain foods, the more I crave them. If I really crave something, I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s good to give in a little, just to get it out of your system so you don’t obsess about … Continue reading

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Get your scary on #2: cookie monsters

cookie monsters or monster cookies?  I bought new toys. They are cookie cutters. But not just any cookie cutters. They are PAC-MAN cookie cutters (I know, I know, I’m such a child…). I couldn’t resist because look, see for yourself, aren’t they cute??? 🙂 On the back of the box was printed a basic butter … Continue reading

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Man tou (chinese white bread) – steamed or fried – you pick :)

Man tou buns (chinese steamed white bread) Something you definitely cannot find in the UK, even in some of the best Chinese restaurants, is man tou – a Chinese white bread which is steamed instead of baked. Of course you can find ready made ones in the freezer cabinets in Chinese shops but it’s just … Continue reading

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