A 30-minute summery take on pork and beans – grilled lemon and thyme pork chops with a cider bean casserole

Cooking by weather Unfortunately, the ever-changing climate we are experiencing in Europe has turned summer topsy-turvy. I know people already associate the UK with rain and bad weather but what we are going through this summer really is bordering on the ridiculous. Parts of the country are flooded again while in the South-east where I … Continue reading

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A Spanish-influenced 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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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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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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Simple 30 minute suppers: Sweet and spicy minced pork noodles

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

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

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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Hawker-style roast pork (Siew Yuk)

Hawker-style roast pork There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t miss having one of Singapore’s hawker centres at my door step. Day or night, whatever the time, there’s a hawker centre or coffee shop open where you can get fed for under £2. When i was little, my mum would go to … Continue reading

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