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{In my hood} Bikes & carts

on Nov 19, 2014 in in my hood, shanghai | 10 comments

{In my hood} Bikes & carts

As Shanghai hurtles relentlessly to becoming yet another generic Asian city, it’s easy to forget the majority of people living here work hard to make ends meet. Shanghai is a bustling metropolis of 23 million people, of whom more than 40% don’t called Shanghai home. Yep. You read that right- 40%. These are the migrant workers who leave the countryside to find prosperity in the city and who can often be found in their blue uniforms sweeping the streets, working as ayis {cleaners/housekeepers/child minders}, working on building...

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Lemon, cashew & coconut bites

on Nov 13, 2014 in recipes | 6 comments

Lemon, cashew & coconut bites

So I need to ask you something. You’re going to think me a little bit bonkers probably. But here goes…… Am I the only one who has an issue with popping a ‘bliss ball’ in my mouth? Please tell me it isn’t so. I’m afraid these lemon, cashew & coconut bites don’t come with guaranteed life epiphanies or tingles in your extremities. Sorry about that. But they are pretty damn good and quick to make. And perfect for elevensies or those pesky 3pm cravings. Will that do? With chia seeds, dates, raw...

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Salted Tahini Caramel {3 words, 3 ingredients, 3 minutes}

on Nov 6, 2014 in recipes | 14 comments

Salted Tahini Caramel {3 words, 3 ingredients, 3 minutes}

Salted. Tahini. Caramel. Three words. Three ingredients {water doesn’t count surely?} Less than three minutes to make. OK let’s settle at five minutes if it’s the first time you’re making this. Can life get any better? Well yes, since you ask, it can. Because you can throw in overnight oats, pomegranate and cacao nibs and you have a pretty awesome start to your day. I first saw this pop on Heidi’s instagram feed and I made it straight away. As in right.there.and.then straight away. In my head I went away and...

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In My Kitchen November 2014

on Nov 1, 2014 in in my kitchen | 35 comments

In My Kitchen November 2014

It’s been a long time between In My Kitchen posts hasn’t it? After the last one in August I came back to Shanghai via a few days in Berlin. Then there was a quick trip to Melbourne to see the folks followed by spending Golden Week in Jordan. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also been a little blog touch up. Phew. All I can say is it’s a good job there are lots of goodies {and alcohol} in the kitchen this month to keep me going! In my kitchen….. First up is this salted liquorice I brought back from Berlin...

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Shanghai cooking class: Curries for the Soul

on Oct 30, 2014 in shanghai | 0 comments

Shanghai cooking class: Curries for the Soul

I don’t do a lot of cooking classes because I tend to think I’m doing alright in the kitchen and yet every time I do sign up for a class I really enjoy it and I always come away learning something new. Missknowitall? Surely not So a few weeks back when The Cat Lady sent me an email saying she was going along to a Curries for the Soul class featuring Butter Chicken and Rotis I thought nah, I can do that myself. Have I ever cooked Butter Chicken from scratch? That’ll be a big fat no. Didn’t stop me thinking Iknowitall...

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Leftover lemons in the kitchen? You’re half way to preserved lemons.

on Oct 15, 2014 in recipes | 14 comments

Leftover lemons in the kitchen? You’re half way to preserved lemons.

Have you ever fallen victim to the lurking leftover lemon curse? I don’t know about you but I always have a stash of lemons in the kitchen. I’m not sure when this lemon love started exactly but there’s rarely a meal that goes by that doesn’t involve a squeeze or two or a little zesting action. This invariably leads to finding a finding a lonely half lemon sitting behind all the jars in the fridge. The salad drawer never fails to deliver a shrivelled up whole lemon whose zest went into something or other a week or so...

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Long time no see…

on Sep 30, 2014 in life | 22 comments

Long time no see…

Hello. Hi there. Hey…. It’s me. I’m back. Same, same just a little bit different. The total makeover isn’t quite ready to be honest, but I’ve missed you guys.  I kept taking photos I wanted to share. I’ve been cooking and scheming in the kitchen and the recipes are mounting up. I’ve been having conversations with you in my head as I’m walking around the hood. Strange/ not strange? Let’s agree it’s not strange because we’re friends. I owe you guys an explanation because really...

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In My Kitchen, August 2014

on Aug 2, 2014 in in my kitchen | 13 comments

In My Kitchen, August 2014

I might not be in my kitchen in Shanghai but that doesn’t mean there’s been no cooking going on. Last week I was staying with my very best and oldest friend and her family in Kent. I can get away with that because she’s a whole nine days older than me and at our age every day counts don’t you think? We go way back to our broking days in London in the 90’s and when we weren’t trying to track down old colleagues on facebook we were out and about in the glorious English weather.  When we were back at base after ferrying the kids around to...

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Blue skies and a cool dude

on Jul 22, 2014 in life, travel | 16 comments

Blue skies and a cool dude

See that? Blue skies. I’ve been in London almost two weeks now and the novelty hasn’t worn off even though I am boring the pants off anyone and everyone. I can’t myself. There’s some serious blue sky-age going on people. That’s what living in China will do to a girl. When I wasn’t looking up, I was hanging out with this little man. His favourite words are ‘no’ closely followed by ‘banana’ and ‘strawberry’. It’s only a matter of time before his next favourite word is...

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In my hood….it’s watermelon season again

on Jul 14, 2014 in in my hood, shanghai | 8 comments

In my hood….it’s watermelon season again

Watermelons are back on the streets again and a sure sign if any was needed that summer is well and truly here. The number of days between the respite of a cooling rain shower grows longer and cicadas slowly reach an ear piercing pitch. The heat rising off the tarmac warms your legs when you venture outside. Watermelons are piled high on every corner or stacked up on the back of cars, carts and lorries. Just like last year I have recipes in my head but in reality all I do when I get home is peel and cube the sweet refreshing fruit and eat it...

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