Posts made in August, 2012

Chinese kitchen essentials

Chinese kitchen essentials

I first posted this list the day Shananigans was a month old but I learn something new every week so I update it regularly. I love getting feedback from friends, tweeps and readers who have been trying out Shaningans recipes at home and finding out for yourselves how easy, good value and nutritious they can be. Don’t forget that all the recipes we’ve tried so far in Beijing, Sydney and Dublin are in the archives and I’ve tried...

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Home-Style Lemon Chicken with Earth Three Fresh

Home-Style Lemon Chicken with Earth Three Fresh

I feel I should begin this post with “well that didn’t go so well…” You know that moment in the kitchen when you realise you have taken on too many dishes simultaneously. You’ve got yourself addled trying to follow 3 recipes at the one time – one in draft on your lap top plugged in and charging at the other end of the room. There are too many pots jostling on the hob. You’ve lost track of which...

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Shan’s Earth Three Fresh Vegetable Dish

Shan’s Earth Three Fresh Vegetable Dish

I love the evocative name of this dish which is a very common dish in restaurants in China, especially in the Northeast of China. It is easy to cook and best eaten with rice. It is so named because the 3 main ingredients are fresh vegetables – peppers, potato and aubergine. Shane says Shan’s first attempt to cook this dish was delicious and he sent us this photo of her efforts. Di San Xian Ingredients: Salt Soy sauce Sugar Oyster...

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“If the heart is bright the wonderful will appear” – of shards, temples and the cycle of life

“If the heart is bright the wonderful will appear” – of shards, temples and the cycle of life

Of shards… There’s a shop in in Beijing just down the road from Shane & Shan’s apartment called the Shard Box Store.  It is crammed with little boxes in rosewood and silver, inlaid with shards of antique porcelain, handmade silver bracelets set with porcelain fragments and necklaces and earrings in white jade and gemstones. I spoke to Mr. Hu the son of the founder of the store, a darling of a man with reasonably good English who...

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Variations of Shan’s Xinjiang Lamb Spaghetti on three continents and Winter Vegetable Stir-fry

Variations of Shan’s Xinjiang Lamb Spaghetti on three continents and Winter Vegetable Stir-fry

Hmm… I detect a touch of competition arising in my family across three continents… I prepared Shan’s Xinjiang Spaghetti with lamb last week and it turned out like this: Shane made his vegetarian version in Beijing yesterday using aubergines (without spaghetti or lamb!) with the results shown in the picture below and he accompanied it with an egg dish Xi Hong Shi Chao Ji Dan Not to be outdone, Claire also cooked the lamb...

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