Pissaladiere, a taste from Nice, a friend from the old days  

A decade and some time ago I was an art student in Guangzhou when the academy relocated to a distant suburb. Instead of shifting along I found myself a studio apartment in my favourite part of old town and commuted. In the morning I would go to the academy studio and afternoon to my part…

Sunday Night Chicken Soup

   Nothing like a bowl of steamy chicken soup to ward off the flu, especially one that develops after a few too many wines out with friends. Especially one with a load of veggies and an over-generous splash of white wine.  Garlic and onions, and whatever vegetables there is in the fridge, bay leaf, cinnamon…

Bacalhau (salt cod) stew 

  Since leaving Macau I find myself craving Portuguese food every once in a while. Other than stuffing the suitcase with chorizos and Iberico ham every time I get a chance to visit, there’s the signature bacalhau (salt cod) that I just cannot put behind. Once we found ourselves in this hole in the wall…

Whipped Feta Toast

   Crumbled Feta, cream cheese, whip. Generous drizzle of the best olive oil, Slices of vine ripe tomato, a twist of pepper and sprinkle of oregano. There’s my lazy Sunday light lunch. 

Light as cloud yogurt cream waffles with maple apple syrup

Lost control in the kitchen shop and came home with a waffle iron (amongst other things), hid it in the kitchen cabinet and for the last 3 days I twiddled my thumbs waiting for the weekend to come. When the morning came upon us today it was hard to keep a straight face when I…

Homemade Tagliatelle with Morel Sage Champagne Sauce

Bought a bottle of Taittinger from a popular Deli only to find out it’s corked – buying booze from anywhere other than tried and trusted dealers is a no-no in this country. While unpleasant to drink, it seems such a waste to go down the drain. So onto the dinner table it goes. More aromatic…

Spiced Burger Pattie with Baked Truffle Potato mash

Simple and quick kid friendly meal. Burger pattie made of Wagyu rump mince spiced up more from the boring old garlic and onion, flash grilled on the hot barbe until juicy and flavour packed. That thin crust through baking the humble mash just makes it that much more interesting, while a hint of truffle elevates…

Mango Tart 芒果撻

Such a delightful summer dessert, or as a breakfast danish! I found this recipe from Epicurious and adapted it a little, the original called for sour cream and cream cheese – basically the same thing but lighter and nicer. Mango Tart 200g – puff pastry 1/2 cup – mascapone cheese 1/2 cup – creme fraiche…

Pickled Herring 醃青魚

I came across pickled herring for the first time last week in our new gourmet supermarket. I guess it is an acquired taste, my husband had the tiniest nibble and almost spat it out right away. But then he really isn’t a big fish fan. I who love the taste of almost anything from the…