Giant Chicory

Giant Chicory, Cichorium intybus. I don’t remember how I came across the seeds. A common vegetable in Europe and may have taken over some roadsides in north America, apparently here in NZ it’s mostly grown for stock feed – “cows, deer, sheep, pigs, and even pet chooks and rabbits love them” they say. Being a…

Kimchi 韓國泡菜

There are a lot of Chinese Koreans living in northeastern China so the streets of my hometown are dotted with Korean restaurants. When I was small it used to be a special treat to get taken to one for a bowl of cold noodles. Koreans seem to be very good at using the simplest things…

Chorizo Fried Rice 西洋腸炒飯

Fried rice became my favourite lunch for one recently – quick, warm, hearty and healthy. Once the rice is cooked in my little rice cooker I chop and fry up whatever I have at hand, drop in the rice and drizzle in some soy sauce. The best fried rice calls for “over-night rice” – cooked…