Cream, Sausage, Leek. Rustic comfort of home.

When hot summer is over beautiful leek the size of a child’s arm sells for one dollar here in the cool temperates. It might not make too much sense to grow them because of this but I do. It’s fun. Being a lazy gardener my leeks suffer from neglect. They do not grow to the…

Black Sesame TangYuan for Winter Solstice Day 冬至食湯圓

The Chinese say “Winter Solstice Day is bigger than the New Year”, all over the country it’s a time for families to get together for dinner. In some southern places the dessert TangYuan (glutinous rice balls) is a must have, representing “together” and the combination of Yin and Yang. As a child store bought frozen…

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…

It’s Sauerkraut Time 酸菜季節

Sauerkraut is a German version of the preserved cabbage grandma used to make back in our hometown in Northeastern China, only we used Chinese cabbage and they were packed down whole in clay urns instead of being chopped up in advance. Seems like it’s a shared recipe all across northern Asia and Europe. In the…