Poultry

Three Cup Chicken – San Bei Ji

Three Cup Chicken – San Bei Ji

It’s been almost two years since I’ve written a blog post. Where did that time go? I have my excuses. With Shane and Shan relocating from China to Ireland, weekends have been dominated by spending time with Dermot, now aged 4, and his little brother Conan just 9 months old. It’s hard to find time to blog when two little ones are careering around the house, even if Dermot is a willing sous chef and loves to help his Nai Nai...

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What’s bred in the bone – Shan’s Tingling Fragrant Chicken – 麻香鸡

What’s bred in the bone – Shan’s Tingling Fragrant Chicken – 麻香鸡

When I was young one of our favourite Sunday drives was from our home in Wexford town to Hook Head. My three brothers and I would pile into the back of the car, all elbows and knees and arguments about who would have to sit “in the middle”. Released from the car we would race around the headland and clamber over the rocks as the fierce water surged, going as close to the edge as we...

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Shananigans Crispy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Shananigans Crispy Sweet and Sour Chicken

I haven’t been creating many new Chinese recipes recently. That’s partly a reaction to all the cooking I did over the Twelve Days of Shananigans Christmas.  But I have also been pining a little for my family returned to China and Australia and I have been busy with work. Things are getting back to normal now in our three Shananigans households. Shan, Dermot and her Mama will return from Urumqi to Beijing tomorrow night to be...

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The calm before the storm (and a recipe for Beer Duck)

The calm before the storm  (and a recipe for Beer Duck)

I’m sitting here by the fire having a glass of wine. Shane is finalising the details of his and Shan’s wedding service and Dermot’s christening next Saturday. My husband and daughter in law have headed for the airport to collect the first of her arriving relatives – her cousin Wei Wei from Shanghai with her three year old daughter You You. The rest of Shan’s family arrive tomorrow evening and then, finally, my...

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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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Stir-fried Chicken with Celery with Tom Chef’s Pickled Shitake Mushrooms

Stir-fried Chicken with Celery with Tom Chef’s Pickled Shitake Mushrooms

Summer has arrived in Ireland at last. The temperatures are heading for 30 degrees. While in China they dial up the chilli heat when the temperature and humidity rise, here in the drier heat of Ireland I find myself reaching for a simpler, lighter dish with lots of vegetables that’s good to enjoy outside on a balmy evening. This is a Cantonese style recipe that was submitted as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations back in early...

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