Cooking

Recipe: raw, vegan chocolate cashew cheesecake

Recipe: raw, vegan chocolate cashew cheesecake

This dessert is for all of your friends who recoil in fear when you say words like raw, vegan, or gluten-free. If hearing ‘cashew cheese’ sends shivers down their spine, this will be the perfect cake to prove them wrong and turn them into raw […]

How to do Thanksgiving in Shanghai

How to do Thanksgiving in Shanghai

It’s not Thanksgiving in China until you bring the turkey legs you bought online to the butcher shop across the street, because they do not fit in the slow-cooker. It’s not really Thanksgiving until the lady in the butcher shop hacks each turkey leg in […]

Crawfish boils aka how to trick people into thinking you’re glistening, not sweating

Crawfish boils aka how to trick people into thinking you’re glistening, not sweating

The roar of the cicadas in the summer is deafening. The past few weeks have been deafening, sweltering, and muggy. Seriously, Shanghai is a stifling oven cracked all the way up to broil. Actually, no, not an oven. That’s not excruciating enough of a metaphor. […]

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 […]