Lamb

Xinjiang Lamb with Cumin and Sichuan Pepper

Xinjiang Lamb with Cumin and Sichuan Pepper

It’s been a while good friends. My excuse is that I have had the Chinese branch of the family staying with me for the past three weeks and it hasn’t left much time for blogging or other social media. My little grandson Dermot is 20 months old now and a bundle of energy and fun. Arriving home from work to his face peering out the window, his jumping up and down with delight to see his nai nai or ye ye at the door as he ventures...

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Last of the Summer Barbecues – Xinjiang Street Food

Last of the Summer Barbecues – Xinjiang Street Food

We are getting along better my Big Green Egg and me. I’m beginning to get to know his moods and temperament. He’s hot stuff, he can turn out a large number of perfectly seared steaks in jig time. But last weekend in Duncannon, on a glorious late summer Sunday, I wanted to get a sense of just how versatile he is and how many different cooking techniques I could use, in the course of an afternoon, and still serve the results at one...

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Lamb Chuan’r (Kebabs)

Lamb Chuan’r (Kebabs)

I haven’t been writing much for the last while. Various minor and major illnesses among family and close friends have conspired to interfere with my concentration. But today is my birthday (and my Mum’s, yes we share the same date – happy birthday Mum!) so it’s time to to put the traumas of the first half of the year behind and turn to happier thoughts. Claire and Mike have arrived home from Australia for a brief visit...

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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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MaMa’s Lamb rice

MaMa’s Lamb rice

Here at Shananigans base camp my head and my heart are teeming with memories of last Christmas which was very special. In Christmas week Shane arrived with Shan on her first visit to Ireland and it was also our first time to meet her. Claire and Mike came from Australia spending part of the holiday here and part with Mike’s parents in Wales. Christmas resembled a Six Nations convention as we were also joined by my young Italian teacher...

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Red Braised Lamb Stew

Red Braised Lamb Stew

The arrival of Shan’s Mum in Beijing from her home in Urumqi in Xinjiang Autonomous Region has brought back memories of our visit last Summer to that intriguing area. I will be writing of some of our experiences there over coming days. In Urumqi and throughout the region the influence of the Uighur people, who are Turkic speaking Sunni Muslims, is very evident. Lamb dominates the local diet and the nomadic history of other Turkic...

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