Posts made in November, 2013

Making Chinese Dumplings (jiaozi) from Scratch – an unlikely cure for jet-lag

Making Chinese Dumplings (jiaozi) from Scratch – an unlikely cure for jet-lag

It was a gloomy November Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after I had arrived back from Beijing. Winter had sneaked up on Ireland while I was away, the evenings were closing in and there was a noticeable nip in the air. I was jet-lagged and disoriented, my head and heart still drifting between two worlds, seeing in my mind’s eye the now familiar rituals of Shane, Shan and Dermot’s Sunday afternoon. I took refuge in cooking. I...

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It’s hard to say goodbye

It’s hard to say goodbye

What can I tell you about my grandson who was 9 months old this week … That he has the most infectious giggle and finds the adults around him hilarious. That he loves to play nai nai hugs, careering around his Beijing apartment at break neck speed in his inappropriately named “walker”. That he loves his books – My First Gruffalo and This is Not My Panda – especially the soft furry bits. That his first word was...

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Gong Bao Chicken

Gong Bao Chicken

One of the many things I love about a trip to Beijing is the chance to attend a few cookery classes, pick up new recipes and tips and improve techniques under the watchful eye of a professional Chinese chef. This recipe for Gong Bao chicken from my recent visit is so good that I feel like taking to the streets with a placard and megaphone to encourage everyone to try it. It has to be one the tastiest and best value winter warmers around and...

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