Archive for January, 2012


TND – Kung Hei Fat Choi

January 26, 2012

In the mid 1980’s we lived in Hong Kong for 18 months during which period we somehow managed to have enough time to visit Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, China, Macau and Singapore.  On the apparently rare occasions that we were at home, we used to meet my father at noon every Saturday and go have Dim Sum.  We’d meet my father at his office, and then cross through a public garden which on a Saturday was full of brides in bright red wedding dresses having their wedding pictures taken (possibly Statue Square?), to the Dim Sum restaurant at the top of the neighboring office tower.   Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – Taking a Hint

January 19, 2012

I’m slowly working my way through the cookbooks on the 2011 Best of lists that I talked about in early December.

I’ve perused The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden which was pretty, but didn’t inspire me to copy out a single recipe.

I’ve drooled over the pretty pretty pictures in The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert, but mostly relegated it to the realm of ‘and this is why I go to restaurants’. She had some spectacular recipes for tagines, including a lamb tagine with honeyed squash that involves a shredded squash that’s cooked down to a jam like consistency with honey and lemon juice and then layered over a slow braised lamb and browned in the oven. Expect to see this on the Dinner menu sometime this winter, although probably with beef not lamb. Read the rest of this entry ?


MND: At least I taught her full Indian dinner…

January 17, 2012

So. Hello!

Petra has convinced me that, even though I’m a complete slacker (who disappeared for, oh, years), she still loves me and wouldn’t mind sharing the blog space again. After we managed to get the West Coast MND going again in 2010, a series of events pushed it into hiatus for about 10 months.

However! In those intervening months, I moved into a bigger kitchen (though, honestly, it would have been difficult to move into a smaller one). Two people can actively cook/prep/wash without knocking the other person over. And not only can more than two people cook, there’s space for people to hover in the doorways. A social kitchen, how I have missed you.
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TND – Year in Review + New Year’s (food) Resolutions

January 11, 2012

2011 was the year of discovering that it wasn’t that I disliked entire categories of ingredients or cuisines, it was just one iteration of them that I disliked and that iteration happened to be the only one I’d ever eaten. Read the rest of this entry ?


TND – All things considered, I’d rather be on Curacao

January 6, 2012

It was 12 F when I left my house on Wednesday morning, and that was before wind chill.  While it has warmed up considerably since then, I can still say with absolute certainty that not only would I like to still be on vacation, I’d really like to be back in the 85 F sunshine of the Caribbean.

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