My oriental brunch: chicken and egg congee (my way)

It’ll be lonely meals for one for the next 10 days for me! As I post this on Sunday morning, my husband will be in France, driving off to the mountains for a week of skiing with friends. I will miss him and also miss seeing my friends but I opted not to go because … 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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An oriental twist on streaky slices – sweet, sour, spicy and sticky

What do you think you smell of? My mum used to say that she could tell where people came from by how they smelt. She’s a bit bonkers is my mum, and I stopped trying to reason with her on matters like this a long time ago. The last time we had this discussion was … Continue reading

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My French cooking lesson: Isabelle’s saumon en papillote

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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A baked bean special: chinese-y 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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A rib-sticking winter warmer: sherry stewed lamb stroganoff

Sweet sherry I don’t get to eat lamb very often. My mom couldn’t stomach the taste or smell of it so when we were growing up, she’d only concede to roasting a leg of lamb (which she herself wouldn’t eat) once every couple of years. Unfortunately, my husband’s also not very keen on lamb. He … Continue reading

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For Jane: fried okra chinese style

Meal for one 🙂 I met my friend Jane about 13 years ago. She was my client at the agency where I worked. I was her account director. I left the agency over six years ago, and while Jane and I have always lived in different countries, we became and have stayed friends ever since. … Continue reading

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It’s Fish Friday :) Chinese rainbow salad with teriyaki salmon and seared 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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Friday means… chilli prawns

Finger lickin’ chilli prawns We made this dish specifically so that we could eat man tou, the Chinese steamed white bread that I’ve only just taught myself to make (recipe here). I guess some people might say that we have a slightly twisted way of thinking up recipes because you don’t normally think of the … Continue reading

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