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…

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…

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…

HangZhou Rearranged Chocolate Apple Cake

I actually left the flat this past weekend. In fact, I even left Shanghai. For the past two months, I’ve been like the love child of an eccentric hermit and a domestic goddess, holed up in our cozy flat, dusted lightly with flour, filled with coffee, doing odd things, barefoot in the kitchen. But a…

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies, to Stave Off the Ennui

For those of you who notice such things, my other blog, the impractical one,  has been lying fallow for a while now. I have no excuses. It’s not as though I’m swamped with work these days either.  In fact, October is turning out to be quite possibly one of the laziest months of my entire…

Woks and Bagels!

Sometimes I overwhelm myself with impulsiveness. I’m prone to throwing myself into projects head first with great enthusiasm until I get part way in and realize that 1. I don’t have all the ingredients/parts/equipment needed for it; 2. that in my eager haste to dive in immediately, I hadn’t fully absorbed the requirements of the…

All My Stuff: What I Have In My Chinese Kitchen

Sometimes I think I’m the world’s worst expat. I live in China now (and before that, in Turkey and South Africa among other places) and yet I still insist on craving and cooking things that are utterly unChinese. If I was a decent human being, I’d immerse myself in Chinese cooking and teach myself how…

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