Chicken Soup Cure for Sino Black Lung

This was originally going to be my ode to caldo xochitl, the soup I first had in a tiny little cafe in San Cristobal de las Casas about 3 years ago. I should note that thereafter, I had it again in a few dozen more cafes in Mexico and then again in Nicaragua. It revolutionized…

The Hundred Beans Campaign: Red Chili For China

Shanghai’s frigid and grim season has landed with a cold, heavy thump. Last night in bed, my hands went kind of numb as I tried to read a book under my two thick duvets, with just my head and fingers poking out. Right now, I can hear the wind howling outside the flat, a rather…

5-Spice Qiézi: Fun with Aubergines

I should be trying to sleep right now. It’s nearly 10pm and I have an 8am train to catch tomorrow morning, whisking me off to the glittering metropolis of Hefei, the esteemed capital city of Anhui province which is about four hours away. A weekend of work awaits me there. The first time I went…

Spicy 卡罗来纳州 Style Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

I should preface this one by noting that I’m sick today. Part cold, part sore throat, part achy dopiness. Which is why I kind of screwed up some key parts of this recipe. If you look below at the recipe, you’ll see it calls for 5lbs of pork shoulder. On Monday afternoon, when I bought…

Autumn’ish Roasted Garlic and Pumpkin Soup

This one is technically a two-parter, as I made the soup at the same time as I threw together the Xinjiang Irish stew. The stew will come later. I don’t want to confuse everyone with too many different things under one heading.  The pumpkin should suffice. Today, Shanghai surprised me on two fronts: first, it’s…

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,…

Niúròu Biryani in a Wok, 中国烹饪风格

So I’m cheating a bit on this one. I have a secret weapon. A secret Canadian weapon. A secret, um, Surrey, BC, weapon. Which is also, technically, an Indian weapon. Or Pakistani, depending on which one I use.  My aunt gave it to me, so you can speak to her sternly about my lack of…

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