Spicy, buttery rearranged cheese biscuits

Apparently I’ve been on hiatus.   I popped by here yesterday to update my plug-ins and noticed I hadn’t done anything in two whole months. You’d think I was starving to death or something. Which I was, for a while. After we came back from a gluttonous week in Hong Kong in early October, I…

Killing My Crock Pot Softly With Yeast Breads

  I’m not, I admit, one of those pretty food writers. I’m not talking about me and my bad hair and naked face and un-manicured nails, mind you- I’m talking about my food styling abilities, or lack thereof.   I’m also not good at pretending that things turned out okay.  Like that time I made…

Awesome Nanjing Klepto-Banana Bread (and Pudding)

I’m a bad food blogger. While I’ve been blathering away over yonder about mops and Chinese demolition sites, I’ve been neglecting to talk with y’all about food. Because I have been cooking, believe it or not. And baking. And blowing up the kitchen. Daily! I just didn’t have the time or energy to take the…

Made in Jiānádà: Suzhou Porky Mooncakes

Hello. I’ve been away for a while, haven’t I? It’s been a very hot,  busy summer, much of it nowhere near a kitchen to call my own. We were in Morocco for a month, which was lovely in spite of the fact that it was 46 degrees in the shade AND Ramadan for most of…

Made in Jiānádà: Homestyle porky Eggplant (家常茄子)

Eggplant (茄子 or qiézi) was one of the first words I learned in Mandarin back in early 2009, partly because we ordered it so often that it inevitably had to stick in my head, and partly because it sounded like a hybrid between cheese and chaise (as in longue). Kind of like ch’yay’zuh. Except not really….

Made in Jiānádà: Pork and Green Beans, China-Style

I’m not actually anywhere near my kitchen right now. In fact, I’m out in the wilds of Vancouver Island with my family, camping outside the gates of the Island Music Fest. My laptop is being powered by one of my dad’s spare car batteries and I’m stealing wifi from one of the sound stages. Music…

Made in Jiānádà: Lanzhou Lāmiàn (broth!)

This is part 2 in my noodle series. Part 1 (the hand pulled noodles) is here. This is quite possibly the best broth in the whole universe. Except, perhaps, for a fine Tom Yam with all the bark and twigs still nestled at the bottom of the bowl. This one has its own mighty collection…

Made in Jiānádà: Garlic Shoots and Smoky Bacon

Welcome to Part 2 in my series of as yet undetermined length on cooking Chinese food in Canada!  Part 1 is here. We’re still on safe, neutral territory here- no bear paw, no jellyfish, no shark fin soup in my drafts folder, thank you very much. I’m sticking with the things I eat regularly in…

Made in Jiānádà: Garlicky Chinese cucumber salad

Er, hello. It’s been a while. You may remember me as the person who used Xinjiang noodle dough to make pretty much everything. I’ve been, one might say, busy. I got a new job about two months ago. I can’t remember if I mentioned it. Academic director of a new start up school. Or, as…

Lavash crackers qui rit (and crockpot hummus)

Oh. Hello. You might remember me from such diverse posts as Xinjiang Noodle Dough Tacos and Xinjiang Noodle Dough Pierogies.  I’ve been slightly out of commission recently, what with suddenly having 5 jobs and all. I must say, it sure is a lot easier to cook when 1. you’re actually at home (I’ve been either…

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