Posts made in May, 2013

Xinjiang Lamb with Cumin and Red Onion and Memories of Urumqi

Xinjiang Lamb with Cumin and Red Onion and Memories of Urumqi

Car seat… Check Travel cot… Check Buggy… Check Random impulse buy of two outfits for 3 – 6 month baby boy from Next… Check Purchase of four books of Adam’s Amazing Adventures by Benji Bennett to read Dermot to sleep… Check Shan’s Irish entry visa… Check Shane’s Beijing resident’s permit and visa to return to China… Check Lively 3 month old grandson… now in possession...

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Getting to know Chinese Ingredients and their uses

Getting to know Chinese Ingredients and their uses

Well its about time that I revealed the answers to the last competition on the blog and some of the things I learned along the way – like the fact that two of the ingredients were not what I thought they were and it took readers of my blog to put me straight! Here are the answers to those fiendish questions. Who am I and what am I used for? 1. Chinese cooking wine – liao jiu Cooking wine  – liao jiu – is an essential...

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100 days of Dermot

100 days of Dermot

It is this simple. Without  Baby Shananigans there would have been no Shananigans blog. I was already smitten by Chinese food and culture when we visited Beijing last July but it was the news that a baby was on its way to Shane and Shan that spurred me on to deepen my understanding of the world into which the child would be born and to capture it in tales and recipes. On 5th February, baby Dermot arrived into our world to cement the...

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Braised Pork Rib and the Ritual of Bai Jiu

Braised Pork Rib and the Ritual of Bai Jiu

Our little grandson is due to arrive for his first visit to Ireland this day 3 weeks. He has been growing in our absence. Here he is enjoying his first stay in a hotel room after his first plane journey to the city of Changchun where Shan has her hukou and where they travelled to try and sort out the permits for his journey home. I will explain the complex hukou system of household registration and its ramifications some other time when I have...

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Who am I and what am I used for?

Who am I and what am I used for?

Competition time! – [Competition now closed – winner to be announced shortly!] Well it’s the May bank holiday weekend and the sun is shining here in Duncannon, Co. Wexford. Today our grandson Dermot Gao O’Neill is 3 months old. I’ve just been speaking to him in Beijing on FaceTime or, rather, he has been staring in some bemusement at me on the screen of an iPad… Now I’m in the mood for a long walk down...

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