Category Archives: Recipes

Yangzhou chao fan – everybody loves eating it.

When we were staying in Yangzhou last week I knew there was one dish we HAD to eat, and that was Yangzhou chao fan  扬州炒饭 which translates as Yangzhou fried rice.  This is the dish that Yangzhou has given to the … Continue reading

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Cucumber and Pine nut salad with Spicy Dressing

It is ages since I posted a recipe, which is strange really as I do a lot of cooking both for ourselves and for when we entertain, and love finding and trying to recreate new dishes. Needless to say, living … Continue reading

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First choke your wok – then stir-fry.

All the fun and games of Christmas and New Year are well behind us now. Twelfth Night has come and gone, the decorations are packed away, pine-needles and mistletoe berries have been swept up, and the long bleak days of … Continue reading

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East meets West on a plate – Yangmei coulis with Panna Cotta

Last week I had people for dinner and whilst pondering what to serve I decided that each course should have a ‘Chinese’ component. For the pudding (which is what the British call dessert) I decided to experiment with one of … Continue reading

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Anchun dan 鹌鹑蛋 – Quails’ eggs are delicious

Until I came to live in China I could count the number of times I’d encountered Quails’ eggs on one hand. Now I seem to buy and cook them regularly.  I recall that the first time I had them was … Continue reading

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Yunnanese Roast Beef & Mint Salad

This dish is very different from the kind of food people in the west usually associate with Chinese cooking, and yet it is a traditional favourite in the south of China. For some reason in British cooking we never associate … Continue reading

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Eating eight-treasure porridge for a lucky year

One of China’s lesser known festivals has just come and gone. Lajie 腊八节 or Laba Festival, which is held on the 8th day of the last month in the lunar calendar, and is part of the build-up towards Chunjie (Spring … Continue reading

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Delicious dumplings – homemade jiaozi and guotie.

It must be obvious that I love the Chinese dumplings called jiaozi. After all, I named my blog after them. At Chunjie, aka Spring Festival/Chinese New Year, the traditional custom is to make and eat lots of jiaozi, and at … Continue reading

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Dragon Boat Festival and little green pyramids – making zongzi

I’m back in Beijing again, and just in time for Duanwu Jie aka The Dragon Boat Festival which takes place on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month each year.  As with every Chinese festival, there is a specific … Continue reading

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Marvellous mushrooms

I have always loved mushrooms, but I know many people don’t like them at all, certainly when my DD was small she wouldn’t knowingly let a mushroom cross her lips. Maybe it is the texture, the mouth-feel that some people … Continue reading

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