Cooking My Way Through Tet: 2 Burner, Masala-Spiced Potato Pierogies

Day 2 of Tet, with Saigon’s doors closed firmly for the week. A few weeks ago, my schedule at work changed unexpectedly. I work in the English for University department at an Australian university and I normally teach five days a week, four intense hours a day, between 8am and just after noon. One group…

Made in Jiānádà: Lanzhou Lāmiàn (noodles!)

This is Part 1 in a series on Lanzhou noodles. Part 2 (the broth) is here. This one has been a long time coming. Seriously. This dish is quite possibly the one thing we have eaten the most of in China. At 6rmb a bowl (like, 80 cents, maybe) and incredibly delicious, it’s hard to…

Potato Pierogies for the People!

One of the unexpected things I’ve learned over the years of living in inconvenient places and having to improvise ways of making the comfort foods of my homeland is that the home made version is so much better than the store-bought version whose absence I had grown to fetishize. Things like a simple chicken noodle…

Half 荞 Chapati, Half 荞 Noodle: It’s Wonder Dough!

I’m starting to think this blog should be renamed, “Watch me make flatbreads! That’s all! Kthnxbye!” Although I’ve been busy cooking all sorts of other lovely things for our meals (remind me to tell you all about that spicy chicken noodle soup with the 2 heads of garlic some day), what has been weighing heavily…

Gnocchi with Pesto Cream Sauce à la Wok

I’m in the middle of a personal dilemma of sorts this week. I’ve been feeling extraordinarily exhausted and unmotivated, craving hibernation and inactivity and solitude as much as possible. However, my inner cheerleader (damn her!) has been trying her best to get me out of bed, out of the flat, doing something, anything. I kind…

Salma, the Ancient (and Awesome) Pasta!

My unemployment is showing. I haven’t done a lick of work since the end of September.  I’ve kept myself occupied with bursts of scone-baking (using the leftover whey from the ricotta cake topping from last week), minestrone-cooking, tortilla-wokking and waaaay too much reading. Indeed, I’ve been very busy. Very busy lying in bed, drinking coffee,…

Ricotta Ravioli with Chinese Characteristics

Let’s start with the ricotta.   Estimated prep time: However long it takes you to juice a lemon, pour 4 cups of milk into a saucepan and heat it a bit, pour in the lemon juice, wait 5 minutes, pour the lemony milk into strainer and then wait 1-2 hours for it to drain. So let’s…

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