Pumpkin Spice Toaster Oven Scones and Wok Parathas

  Given that it’s already, oh, mid April and the skies are light and fluffy and sometimes blue, and temperatures have already soared into the high 20s and it’s definitely shirtsleeve weather, I fear that the title of this one is a terrible misnomer. It isn’t though. I’m just a terrible, terrible procrastinator. [ETA: I’ve…

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…

Wok Fajitas! Fajitas in the Wok! Fajitas con Wok!

I bet you all think I live on tortillas and cookies, yearning for cheese and chocolate and fearfully snubbing the culinary options that surround me here in Shanghai. I mean, that’s pretty much what this blog indicates in its persistent quest narrative, chasing after elusive sachets of gelatine or powdered sugar (found the sugar but…

2 Sino-Hibernian Breads for St. Patrick’s Day

I’m a day early, I know. And possibly two days early depending on time zones. However, today was the last free day I have for the next seven days (oh, damn this freelancing- I work more than usual, in such weirder ways) so I decided to go all out in my potato and soda infused…

The Lazy Laowai’s Guide to Toaster Oven Focaccia

As you’ve probably noticed by now, I have a thing for unleavened bread, especially unleavened bread made in the wok using a highly unlikely Uyghur noodle dough recipe. I’ve turned that into chapatis, tortillas, pierogies, spaghetti, medieval dumplings and ravioli. I keep a ball of it in the fridge at all times, just as others…

Awesome Slow-Cooker Spicy Shredded Beef Tacos

I’ve been meaning to do a taco post for ages. It’s one of our dinner staples here these days. I’ve made beef tacos that were browned in the wok, then marinated in the jus from the de-glazing, sliced thinly and sauteed in garlic, onion and chilies. I’ve also done pulled pork ones and ground beef…

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…

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…

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…

A Tale of Two Tortillas

Note: For best results, this recipe should be attempted whilst accompanied by a very large pot of strong coffee and a little Nina Simone in the background. I used Anthology Disc 1.  This morning started out quite optimistically. I had done my research and had a fairly clear idea in my head what I wanted…

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