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Pincho of Codfish with Honey Garlic Roasted Red Peppers

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been exploring the rich culture and history of Andalucia Spain, and the fantastic food  and wine authentic to that region. I started first with a list of tapa bars recommended by celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, but quickly discovered other local hot spots with crowds holding overfilled glasses of wine spewing onto the streets into the late* hours of the night.

*late for me, normal for them 😉 

It was glorious.

Southern Spain features a lot of fish and seafood, and the tapa I made today is a pincho (small slice of bread with a topping fastened on top of it with a “pincho” or a toothpick) of codfish topped with roasted red peppers, garlic, honey and olive oil.   Continue reading

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Shanghai-Style Wonton 上海雲呑

I haven’t posted once since my mom arrived from Hong Kong 2 months ago. I’ve been utterly, yet obligingly, spoiled by my mom’s home-cooking and haven’t lifted a finger other than to click an OpenTable reso when it’s my turn to treat.

My grandmother on my mother’s side is Shanghainese and her reputable culinary skills have been passed onto her children while they grew up in Hong Kong. I received none of those skills across the Pacific Ocean, so I rely solely on my mom to make my absolute favourite dish: Shanghai- style wontons. These are fun, straight-forward, and much faster to make with a partner or kids, so round up a squad for your wonton prep! We usually make these in batches of 100 so we can freeze and have them ready within minutes next time around.   Continue reading

Turnip Cake (Lor Bak Gou)

Kung Hei Fat Choi!!! Turnip cake is a well-loved dim sum dish, served steamed or pan-fried throughout the year. Turnip cake is especially popular during Chinese New Year because the word cake ‘糕’ and ‘high’ in Cantonese are both pronounced as ‘gou’, making cakes a symbolic food of prosperity and fortune. So. Eat your cake.

If you’re wondering what turnip cake actually is, it is a savoury steamed cake made of rice flour and shredded turnips, with little pieces of Chinese sausage, mushroom and dried shrimp. It is truly much more delicious than it looks in writing (as are most dim sum items 😉 ) This is my mum’s recipe I’ve posted. It is my favourite.  Continue reading

Basic Homemade Crackers.

IMG_3969If you haven’t tried making your own crackers, you will be delightfully surprised at how simple and satisfying it is to make them at home, any flavour your like! The dough is an easy combination flour, olive oil, water, salt and sugar. Topping variations are endless. Today I’ve made one batch Truffle salt and Cracked Pepper, and the other batch Herbed Garlic with Poppy Seeds. These crispy, savoury crackers are great for snacking on their own, or you can make them plain for dipping and hors d’oeuvres.  Grab a rolling pin, and let’s get crackin’ 😛 Continue reading