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…

Dragon-Baiting Roasted Chili-Garlic Wonton Crisps

I spent most of last month under water in Thailand, thinking about what I’d do differently when back in Shanghai. Like Chinese New Year resolutions. I tend to have a lot of these big thinks when I’m in places where they can’t be implemented, then when I get back to where they could be implemented,…

Easy Peasy Potato-Enhanced Chapatis!

Yesterday, in a frenzy of gym-avoidance cooking, I spent the afternoon assembling a rather impressive feast of dhal (in a wok), chicken Jalfrezi (in the slow cooker, using the last few inches of my most recent batch of home made yogurt) and  the last of our brown/wild rice (in the rice cooker). Unfortunately, I totally…

Disarmingly Practical Sino-Happy Chocolate Cake

Next Tuesday, I’m turning 37 so I decided to make myself a cake a week in advance, for my Thursday breakfast.  37 is a weird age to be turning because it holds absolutely no significance. It’s not a milestone. It contains no auspicious (or unlucky, for that matter) numbers. It’s kind of a beige tinted…

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