Peaches and Blue Cheese Salad



I’m in Gozo, Malta for the summer. It’s been my home away from home since I was 3, when my paternal grandparents emigrated here.  While my branches rise over HK, my roots have always been here.  It was here I fell in love for the first time, my son was born here, and my deepest friendships have grown. Read more

Tales from The Big Lychee

This is a different kind of post to my usual recipe ones, though if you look hard enough, you’ll find one.

When I was a child, growing up in Hong Kong in the 80s, I envied my friends and classmates who were from America or the UK.  After every summer, they came back to school with tales of playing in grandparents’ orchards, picking apples, cherries, peaches from the trees.  An idyllic childhood it seemed, so very different from mine, being able to play in greenery and wilderness, taking fruit from the tree without paying anyone. Read more

Chinese Lemonade


Hot, sticky summer days call for something ice cold and thirst quenching. My mother is a big advocate of balancing inner heatyness (a very Chinese concept) and dampness with soups or tonics. We went to visit her this weekend and she made a big pot of Chinese pear and barley juice for us. To flush out the excess water in our bodies which our bodies hold onto in this heat and humidity.  My mother likes to flush things.

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Chinese Soup – Papaya and Chestnuts


It’s that time of year when my body is hanging on through sheer adrenalin to get to the end of term. I can feel my body getting wearier, fighting off bugs and germs from all the kids I come into contact with at school.  Today I sit here and my throat is aching and swollen and I feel so drained. Summer time is not the best time for making long 3 hour soups like this one, but needs must at this point.  Usually I’ve found a good soup cures most things. Read more

Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Banana Icecream

Summer is on its way! After all the weeks of rain, we have had two days of glorious sunshine. I almost wept with happiness.  What better way to celebrate than with a dish of gorgeous home-made ice cream? Read more