Crispy Salt & Pepper Tofu

 

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Tofu divides people, much like Marmite. For many it’s too bland, with that awful slimy texture.  For others, it’s a versatile ingredient that absorbs flavours well, and with a little ingenuity it can taste marvellous and full of texture. I didn’t really like tofu until my twenties but I LOVE the smell of chau dau fu, the deep fried, smelly, fermented bean curd.  There’s just something about that rancid, musty smell… mmmm!  

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Sea Salt Ricotta Ice Cream with Salted Caramel

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It’s 9:30am, and it’s my first day of freedom – no child (off to his dad’s for the summer) and no job for 10 days. I can do anything I want! HURRAH!  I made ice-cream. Because I’m a grown up. And I can eat ice-cream whenever I want. Especially if there’s no small child around…

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Savoury Korean Pancakes

 

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So I made this just now for dinner. I’m pretty pleased with myself, because it tastes AMAZING. And it took less than 30 mins to put on the table. AND it’s (relatively) healthy (being gluten free but fried = same same). AND the kid gave it the thumbs up.  It’s crispy and crunchy, and YUMMERS.

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Green Tea Loaf with Lemon Cream

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It is a fact of my life that if it is raining outside, I will invariably be baking. Is there anything more soothing and comforting for a cook on a rainy day? (To be honest, off the top of my head having a massage, a hot bath, watching a movie, napping, reading are probably right up there before baking). Read more

Bacon, Chorizo & Baby Bak Choi Breakfast Hash

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Brunch. What a beautiful word.  To me it conjures up images of bacon, and friends, and laughing, and copious amounts of hot tea. Just like a Dove shampoo advert, where I’d come into a posh restaurant, about to meet my equally glamorous friends with lovely swishy, shiny hair. I love brunch. It’s also just another way to eat two meals in one go, right?! Yum.

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Christmas Spring Rolls

 

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Fusion. Such a dirty word to so many foodies. NOT THIS ONE!  No one else but third culture kids will know the joy of eating hard-boiled eggs with Maggi sauce, or condensed milk on toast. There is a lot to be said for the meeting of East and West…

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Roasted Cider Cauliflower

 

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I saw a similar recipe to this in Food 52, with whipped goat’s cheese dipping sauce, and it sounded divine. This dish is so simple but looks so pretty, and with the festive season upon us, this make a beautiful side addition to your Christmas table.  No need to floret the cauliflower. It’s the perfect lazy side dish. Read more

Bacon and Egg Pie

 

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My friends know my love for bacon knows no bounds.  When I was 15, I tried being vegetarian. 3 weeks I lasted, until my smug brother waved a crispy bacon sandwich and I was undone.  I knew then bacon would always be my kryptonite. If there is bacon on any dish in a restaurant, there is a 99.99% chance I’ll be eating that dish. If I don’t, I’m probably sick.  So when I saw Saveur’s Bacon and Egg Pie recipe last week, I knew it was just a matter of days. Read more

Boozy Autumn Spice Cake

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Crispy Soft Boiled Eggs

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Yep, you heard right. Crispy AND soft-boiled… and so num num num….

It came about from an early breakfast at the beach with neighbours and kids, and having 4 leftover soft-boiled eggs.  They make the perfect light dinner with salad, or a gorgeous, decadent, slightly trashy breakfast…

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DIY Bread : Easy Peasy No-Knead

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So far this super typhoon Usagi has been very disappointing. I’ve seen worse drizzle in the UK.  But with all the panic-buying in the streets (I’ve seen empty shelves of kale, people – KALE? Seriously?!), I’ve been busy baking and getting some recipes under my belt.

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Broccoli and Beef in Chu Hou Sauce & Saffron Rice

 

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It’s Typhoonmageddon here! Usagi is bearing a direct course for Hong Kong. My dad, the salty sea dog that he is, reckons the signal could go up to 10, with waves of 3m high. It’s the biggest storm in the world so far this year. Read more

Slow-cooked Chinese Beef Brisket & Oxtail Stew

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I’ve just returned from 5 blissful weeks in Gozo, Malta. It was wonderful, the food – fabulous and I’m a little ashamed to admit this, but I came back craving rice and noodles and Chinese food. Read more