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Spanish paella, LobsterFest 2017, and other reasons to celebrate Spring

Spanish paella, LobsterFest 2017, and other reasons to celebrate Spring

I had planned to write about how the miserable of the past week, but instead I’m writing about the beautiful. I’m writing about the beautiful, because life in Shanghai has reached peak levels of the exhausting and the absurd, and when things get tough, there’s really no […]

The courage to eat with a spoon

The courage to eat with a spoon

Learning to use chopsticks in China is easy. Learning when not to use them is hard.   Dinner in Shanghai – my home for the past two years – is rarely eaten alone. A dinner is the sort of grand occasion where one squeezes a group of […]

Recipe: Gluten-Free Apple Hand Pies

Recipe: Gluten-Free Apple Hand Pies

I’ve started preparing for a 16 km Tough Mudder race and it feels like I haven’t been this ill-prepared for anything my entire life. And I don’t think it’s because the race itself will be that competitive or soul-crushing, but the fun of these ‘military’ type of […]

On eating dumplings and wrapping tacos

Zandie effortlessly pops the entire clove of garlic into her mouth. It’s Chinese New Year and we’re bao-ing dumplings to celebrate, as per new year’s eve tradition. The garlic clove just finished its swim in a shallow dish of shaoxing wine vinegar, but the pungency is still there. […]

How to spend Chinese New Year in Shanghai

I can always get behind traditions involving food.   Shanghai is wonderfully quiet during the Chinese New Year. This is a time when most foreigners peace out to seek warmer climates and most Chinese return home to celebrate  with their families and be pestered about their jobs, lack of husband, […]

The first signs of Autumn

I’ve been keeping a pot of soon-to-be apple cider company for the past two and a half hours. I’m trying to pretend that it’s fall in Shanghai, even though it’s already October and I wore a tank top outside today. So here I am, peering over about twelve […]

Cooking Chinese Food is all about the oil

My (very basic) understanding of Chinese Cooking goes like this: Always make sure the wok is already smoking before you add oil. When you think you’ve added enough oil, add two more teaspoons. Or heck, a ladleful while you’re at it. Soy Sauce is salty. Oyster […]

maria and macaroni

I miss carbs. Ever since the gastronomical nightmare that was my last trip to China (thinking about all of the unidentifiable things I put into my mouth to appease old Chinese women still makes me cringe), I’ve been trying to eat healthier. And somehow it’s […]

Maldon Sea Salt and moving out

There’s a box of Maldon Sea Salt flakes on my spice rack. It’s had it out for me for years.   It’s been nestled between a box of chana masala and bottle of Japanese sesame oil, starting at me. And for the past two years, I’ve […]

yesterday, I got into a fight with a toaster oven.

Unfortunately, the toaster oven won. So now the back of my left hand is sporting an inch-long dark burn, which no longer hurts, but still gives me the grizzled mark of a kitchen veteran. I’ve had my fair share of kitchen accidents — putting my […]