Category Archives: Recipes

Sichuan pepper and 5 Spice Powder

I was surprised to learn that what we call Sichuan* Pepper (huajiao 花椒) is the only spice that is truly indigenous to China. Of course the Chinese cultivate and use many spices, but they all originated in other parts of … Continue reading

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Fish Fragrant Aubergine – My version

The first thing you need to know about this dish is that no fishes are involved!  It has this name because the combination of ingredients and the method of making the dish are very similar to some fish recipes.  It … Continue reading

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Chinese pears poached in spiced red wine

Pears which have been poached in red wine are a popular dessert in Britain, the original recipe must go back hundreds of years and is lost in the mists of time.                   … Continue reading

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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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