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Moroccan stuffed tomatoes with roasted peppers, tuna, capers and olives

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in recipes | 16 comments

Moroccan stuffed tomatoes with roasted peppers, tuna, capers and olives

I do feel sorry for Richard sometimes. Not only do I take the proverbial out of him here, but I also force him to eat vegetables. Without a side serve of meat. ‘Mmmmmm. That smells good, what’s for dinner?’ he asked as he walked into the kitchen after work. ‘Hmmmmm. I’m not sure you’re going to like it’ I said setting expectations low. Suspicions were immediately raised. ‘Does it have meat in it?’ he asked as he walked over to the hob for a look see. ‘That depends. Does tuna out of a can count...

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Oven baked vegetable chips

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in recipes | 12 comments

Oven baked vegetable chips

Because we have literally left our run too late to get match fit sacrifices have had to be made. Snackages have been banned from the house apart from fake chocolate and there's no end to the combo's I've been coming up with. This week it was Szechuan peppercorns and salt sprinkled on top - pretty damn good let me tell you. I've also been making a batch of these healthy-ish vegetable chips once a week which have been deemed acceptable by the snackage police. I know now why they are freakishly expensive to buy - because they are a labour of love to make.

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A Shanghai state of mind

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in life, shanghai | 14 comments

A Shanghai state of mind

ParcelHero deliver the world over and they asked me if I'd like to receive a gift over Chinese New Year as that is one of their busiest times of the year with deliveries to mainland China. The obvious choice was a recipe book as they are a right pain to keep lugging over in a suitcase and ParcelForce were kind enough to ask me to choose two. I can't tell you the number of times I kept walking past the books on the coffee table and grinning - it's ridiculous how happy they made me!!!!

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In My Kitchen, April 2014

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in in my kitchen | 26 comments

In My Kitchen, April 2014

In my kitchen… …are a couple of interesting fruits I’ve picked up this week. I was buying fruit from my lovely lady at the wet market last week and saw what looked like miniature pears or apples. I’ve officially resigned from Mandarin lessons (there’s a huge shock) so when I asked what they were of course I had no idea what she was saying. We both started laughing and she cut into one and passed a sliver to me. It was delicious – not overly sweet, crunchy but not juicy. I was sold and I’ve been eating them all week. I now know they...

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A birthday staycation at Hyatt on the Bund

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in eating out, shanghai | 6 comments

A birthday staycation at Hyatt on the Bund

By now you know the story of the birthday grinch and that he hates a fuss and bother being made of him. What I didn’t mention is that he doesn’t want any money ‘wasted’ on him either. He really doesn’t make it easy does he? What is acceptable though is to have an ‘experience’ and within reason there is no limit to the expense that can be spent. So what normally happens is we mark our birthdays with a special meal out and because I’m chief organiser my birthday is normally more expensive and can sometimes involve a weekend...

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A Chocolate Guinness cake for the birthday grinch

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in recipes | 10 comments

A Chocolate Guinness cake for the birthday grinch

So here’s the deal. Richard hates his birthday. I’ve christened him the birthday grinch he’s that bad. He insists his Mum forgetting his 6th birthday doesn’t have anything to do with it although he makes a point of reminding her on an annual basis so maybe it does. No, really. He just hates the fuss and the bother. And the yearly reminder that he’s never going to be 19 years old ever again, the captain of his University rugby team and totally ripped. Which apparently translates as women throwing themselves at him with wild abandon. Something...

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Once upon a time

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in life, shanghai | 22 comments

Once upon a time

Once upon a time (which may or may not have been a random Sunday in June 2013), the girl asked the boy if they were ever going to get married. One day, he said. What day? she asked. Some day he said. Some day this year? she asked hopefully. Maybe he said. Seizing her moment she flourished the iCalendar in front of the boy and said ‘pick a day’. Startled he said ‘how about your birthday?’ No effing way are you going to get away with that said the girl. So taking her birthday (August 18) as a start date, she worked her way all the way back to …… August 10...

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Panfried parsnips and bamboo shoots

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in recipes | 14 comments

Panfried parsnips and bamboo shoots

Our addiction to fresh bamboo started in Tokyo. Up til then our only experience with bamboo had been of the canned variety which always had a rather revolting smell which strangely enough never stopped me from using it in stir fries. In Tokyo, restaurants would showcase the new season shoots in a myriad of ways and it wasn’t until we ate it roasted with carrots and potatoes that I realised you could do something other than throw it into a wok. It’s brief appearance in the supermarket each winter would mean I’d cook with it maybe a couple of times a week...

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