Making Lovely Lazy Bread for the Zombie Apocalypse

Y’all, I’ve been quiet here. Eerily quiet. And you’re probably thinking, where has she been and why has she been such a lazy broad in that puny Chinese kitchen of hers? Well. To begin with, a few things have changed since I last showed my floury face in these parts (see here and here and here for details)….

Eating My Way Through Winter: Coconut Spice Bread

  This is going to be a new series, if I can get my act together.   At the moment my act is very obviously not together, but more about that later. I’ve decided that the best way to deal with an unwanted winter is to ignore it entirely, to stay in bed as much…

Stuffed Cabbage (Because it’s Cabbage Season)

The wind is just howling out there. Last night, I was kept up until the uncivilized hours by the noise of it just whipping around the building, slamming against the balcony that juts out, catching on the corner. Being on the 16th floor is loud. I had no idea before we moved here. I’d always…

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…

The Infamous Mega-Carrot Cake

As you may have noticed, I haven’t exactly written anything here for, um, a while. Which isn’t to say that I haven’t been cooking- oh no. No. I’ve been Little Miss Cooks-A-Lot this month as my parental units are in town for the holidays and everyone needs to be fed and fed well. Their lips…

Not Your Grandma’s Bazlama: Turkish Wok Bread!

As you probably already know (or don’t care), I lived in Turkey for 6 years before moving to China. For the first 2 years before I moved to Istanbul, I lived in a small city called Kayseri, on the edge of Kapadokya (aka Cappadocia to the tourism brochures). For a single foreign woman moving to…

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…

Semi-Lucid Rice Cooker Apple Cake

So I am sick again. This time it’s with a bronchial bark that frightens the neighbours and a fever that has made the past few days rather interesting, perception-wise.  Mind you, sometimes when living in Shanghai it is difficult to tell whether or not you are delirious and hallucinating or just out for a stroll…

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…

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…

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