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Thai Pomelo salad with a hot, sweet & sour dressing

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in recipes | 12 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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{In my hood} Bikes & carts

Posted by 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

Posted by 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}

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in recipes | 16 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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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