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Long time no see…

on Sep 30, 2014 in life | 8 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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Shanghai eats: Pirata

on Jul 10, 2014 in eating out, shanghai | 8 comments

Shanghai eats: Pirata

If ever proof was needed that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, chef Lin Huang, former Head Chef at elEfante has set up stall one street over in Xinle Lu. Opened in May, the restaurant is pretty much booked out at the weekends already so don’t expect to turn up at 8pm and get a seat. It’s good. So good we visited on consecutive Saturdays and we were back there last Thursday too. It’s safe to say that we now have our favourite dishes and pretty much everything we ate on the first visit is on the list, which goes...

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Sweet & sticky black vinegar ribs

on Jul 7, 2014 in recipes | 13 comments

Sweet & sticky black vinegar ribs

It’s not unusual for Rich to take lunch in with him a couple of times a week and for some reason the girls and guys in the office are always curious about what he’s eating. I’m not kidding when I say curious – they pass judgement on whatever he takes in. It’s turned into a bit of a game now so when he comes home I always ask if there were any comments. On the soup and a piece of fruit days he gets told that it’s not enough for a grown man – and where’s the rice? They must think I’m...

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In my hood…the one child policy

on Jul 4, 2014 in in my hood, shanghai | 12 comments

In my hood…the one child policy

In my hood….the one child policy is in evidence everywhere. Not just on the streets where besotted grandparents are looking after their one grandchild whilst their own child is at work. But at the counter in every convenience store, chemist and supermarket. Introduced in 1979, there are in fact many exceptions to the one child rule and they vary from province to province. In general if both parents are single children they can have two children; rural families can have 2 children if the firstborn is female and ethnic minorities are...

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In My Kitchen, July 2014

on Jul 1, 2014 in in my kitchen | 40 comments

In My Kitchen, July 2014

On Thursday when I accidentally knocked the liquidiser off the shelf reaching for the rice cooker and it broke into a gazillion pieces on the floor I thought oops. A couple of days later I was hurriedly tidying up the kitchen bench when I knocked a glass onto the floor  and I thought ‘bugger not again’ and it did cross my mind what would be next. I didn’t have time to ponder on that thought though because what’s been going on In My Kitchen is a lot of cooking and tidying up ahead of leaving Shanghai for the summer and...

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Chicken casserole with cheesy dumplings

on Jun 25, 2014 in recipes | 8 comments

Chicken casserole with cheesy dumplings

It’s that time of year again and the expat exodus has started. For some it’s a summer exodus and there are mad dashes around the markets to buy presents for friends and family and huge excitement at holiday plans in far flung places. The prospect of missing the worst of the heat and humidity is a bonus too. For others it’s more final and there are tearful goodbyes and last minute emails to do one last lunch/dinner/drink together before we all go our separate ways. Our little mahjong group which has been our social and...

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JR and the Inside Out Project Shanghai

on Jun 17, 2014 in life, shanghai | 10 comments

JR and the Inside Out Project Shanghai

JR is back in town with his Inside Out art project and a mobile photo booth. You can sign up online or turn up and join the queue to get your photo taken which is turned into a poster within minutes and pasted up on public spaces – the worlds largest polaroid or the biggest selfie you’ll ever take I guess. A couple of weeks back the photo booth was in Xintiandi outside the now open Sproutworks but I went up to the Gallery Magda Danysz to have a walk around.

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