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{In My Kitchen} February 2015

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in in my kitchen | 0 comments

{In My Kitchen} February 2015

In My Kitchen…. ….it’s all about the dough. Meet Lucy Liu, offspring of Priscilla. I have to tell you , the PRESSURE to come up a name!!!! In the end I couldn’t think of anything witty or original so I asked Rich and he came up with Lucy Liu {which I approved of because Lu is Road in Chinese so I thought it appropriate} and decided to ignore the actual reason why he chose the name….. To say she’s taken over the house would be a bit of an understatement. I came back from Hong Kong last week with a stinking...

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Ita Buttrose, Australia Day & Shanghai {all in the same room, at the same time}

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in life, shanghai | 10 comments

Ita Buttrose, Australia Day & Shanghai {all in the same room, at the same time}

When this month’s Australian Shanghai Association’s newsletter announced that Ita Buttrose would be the guest speaker at a special AusCham Australia Day Women in Leadership lunch it took me all of two seconds to RSVP. I don’t know about you, but it’s not every day I get to have lunch with not only an Australian icon, but a true trailblazer for Australian women.  And on Australia Day too no less. It’s been pretty grim around these parts lately pollution-wise and every one seems to be suffering from one lurgy or...

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A nourishing watercress soup with a side serve of unicorns and rainbows

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in recipes, shanghai | 20 comments

A nourishing watercress soup with a side serve of unicorns and rainbows

Shanghai. Shanghai. We need to have a little chat me and you. One day you’re all blue skies and ‘Look at Me’ {we’ll talk about the cold another time – let’s focus for now}. And the next you’re all sullen and…..In. A. Really. Bad. Mood. And y’know something? I really don’t appreciate it when that bad mood stays around for a week. Last night when we went to bed we were well and truly over your sulking. Spending all weekend on the naughty chair must have done the trick though because...

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{Travel} Jiuzhaigou National Park

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in travel | 14 comments

{Travel} Jiuzhaigou National Park

We spent Christmas Day on the edge of the Tibetan plateau in the far North West of Sichuan. I know this because when we arrived at our hotel it was 1C in the room with the heating on full blast so Rich decided to google our location because I had to admit to having no idea where we were on the map. When it comes to planning trips it turns out I’m really good at flights and food and the rest of it I just wing it. Not the best of times to have an epiphany especially as I’d told Rich he wouldn’t need his ski gloves, hat or...

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{In My Kitchen} January 2015

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in in my kitchen | 38 comments

{In My Kitchen} January 2015

Well hello there 2015! I’m a little late in posting this month’s contribution to Celia’s In My Kitchen partly due to a frangelico, amaretto & licorice vodka shot hangover and partly due to the internet freezing up, being unable to access google and gmail and the VPN not working. Which just gave me more time to watch back to back episodes of Million Dollar Listings LA and crochet more granny squares. Moving swiftly on! In my Kitchen….. ….is a new addition to my growing enamelware collection. It cost me 30RMB...

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Chocolate & five spice shortbreads {gluten free}

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in recipes | 16 comments

Chocolate & five spice shortbreads {gluten free}

It’s come to my attention that Christmas Day is on Thursday. This week. How I missed that I have no idea. You know when you know the date and you know there is an event coming up but you don’t join the dots and then suddenly you do…. Of course it doesn’t help when there’s just the two of us here and one of us is the Christmas Grinch….. At the crack of dawn on Wednesday {which I now realise is Christmas Eve!} we will be heading to Sichuan. As you do. We have a couple of days planned walking in Jiuzahaigou {a...

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Thai Pomelo salad with a hot, sweet & sour dressing

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in recipes | 13 comments

Thai Pomelo salad with a hot, sweet & sour dressing

Before we moved to Shanghai I just assumed that everything would be available all year round because let’s face it – it’s China right? One thing I definitely assumed was that I would never see seasonal fruit and veg. When it comes to my food I’m happy to be proved wrong. Right now it’s pomelo, pomegranate and mandarin season and you’ll find trucks, carts and wet markets piled high with produce. Fresh bamboo shoots and water chestnuts are just coming in now. If you ever get the opportunity to try fresh water...

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{Half Marathon} Angkor Wat

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in half marathons, travel | 16 comments

{Half Marathon} Angkor Wat

If you’ve been reading along here for a while you’ll know that we try to sign up for a couple of half marathons a year – not because we particularly enjoy the training {hello 6am alarm calls}, but because we like eating too much to consider ever cutting back so something eventually has to give. And that’s where the running comes in. I’m no runner – more of a plodder. When I started ‘running’ about five years ago Rich used to tease me relentlessly because I couldn’t run 500m without...

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{In My Kitchen} December 2014

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in in my kitchen | 34 comments

{In My Kitchen} December 2014

There was great excitement In My Kitchen yesterday because December 1st marked the end of No(alcohol)vember. Phew for that is all I have to say. Because now I finally get to test taste the liquorice vodka I started last month. I’ll be happier when I’m pouring it over ice next week.  Why next week? Because not only did we sign up for No-vember but we also signed up for a half marathon on December 7th – around Angkor Wat no less. I know – stupid and amazing in equal quantities. Talking of stupid, Richard has decided he’s got more will power...

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Lemongrass & tamarind osso buco

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in recipes | 27 comments

Lemongrass & tamarind osso buco

It’s a been a while since I contributed to the monthly Cookbook Guru so it’s only fitting that I come late to the party with this absolute stonker of a dish. That’s a good thing by the way. I’d even go so far as to say ‘restaurant quality’ – it’s a showey-off kind of recipe. It’s the sort of recipe that has minimum prep time {no more than 20 minutes} and then just slow cooks away minding it’s own business.  Three hours later, the meat will be fork tender and the deeply luscious and...

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