Posts made in February, 2013

On Winning Saba: The (best Asian) Cookbook (in the World!!)

On Winning Saba: The (best Asian) Cookbook (in the World!!)

Well now, when I launched my first ever competition on the blog just over a week ago, asking readers to name their favourite Asian recipe, little did I know that the prize, Saba: The Cookbook, would win the Gourmand Award for the Best Asian Cookbook in the world on the same night that my little competition closed. What a fantastic and well-deserved honour for a self-published cookbook, the proceeds of which go to two very good causes – The...

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Saba: The Cookbook – Stir-fried Beef with Cashews and Asparagus

Saba: The Cookbook – Stir-fried Beef with Cashews and Asparagus

To celebrate the Vietnamese New Year known as Tet, the lovely Paul Cadden, owner of  Saba Thai and Vietnamese Eatery on Clarendon Street Dublin, has given me a copy of Saba: The Cookbook – Inside a Thai/Vietnamese Kitchen to give away on the blog. The book traces the story of Saba and is beautifully illustrated and crammed with Thai and Vietnamese recipes, not to mention a great selection of cocktails. Now this is the first time...

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Tom Chef’s Chilli Jam

Tom Chef’s Chilli Jam

This is just a quick little post because some of you have been asking for the recipe for the chilli jam which chef  Tom Walsh of Samphire@TheWaterside, Donabate included in his recipe for Spring Rolls of Confit Duck which is on the Taste of China section of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival website. You can read his full recipe here. Here it is – simplicity itself, absolutely delicious and goes with so many things, not just Chinese...

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Happy Chinese Cooking in the Year of the Snake

Happy Chinese Cooking in the Year of the Snake

I hope wherever you are in the world you have been enjoying celebrating the Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival or Chun Jie. When I attended the launch of the Year of the Dragon in Meeting House Square, Dublin last February, I had no idea how important the year was going to become for me or that by the end of it we would have our own little Flying Dragon grandson in Beijing – Teng Teng is his pet name in Mandarin to symbolise the...

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Welcome to the world Baby Shananigans – Dermot Gao O’Neill

Welcome to the world Baby Shananigans – Dermot Gao O’Neill

Those of you who have been following me on the blog or on Twitter will know that January brought more than its fair share of sadness to our family. We limped into February with relief, feeling rather battered and glad to welcome the change of season and the lengthening days. We had decided we were starting the new year over as the last moon of the lunar year waned and we prepared to say farewell to the year of the Dragon and get ready for the...

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