Cooking My Way Through Tet: 2 Burner, Masala-Spiced Potato Pierogies

Day 2 of Tet, with Saigon’s doors closed firmly for the week. A few weeks ago, my schedule at work changed unexpectedly. I work in the English for University department at an Australian university and I normally teach five days a week, four intense hours a day, between 8am and just after noon. One group…

Adventures With Sauerkraut in Shanghai

You know what we have a lot of in Shanghai in mid-winter (aside from rain, rain, zero visibility, unheated buildings and, er, rain)?  Cabbages. We have a lot of cabbages. All sorts of cabbages. Aside from the usual assortment of sturdy greens, turnips, radishes, leeks and potatoes (both sweet and regular), our sidewalk veggie vendors…

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…

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