2015 it’s the Year of the Goat

It’s Chinese New Year, this year is the year of the Goat (or some people refer to it as the year of the Sheep) In Mandarin you say; Gong Xi Fa Cai  in Cantonese Gong Hey Fat Choy.  Meaning, ‘wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year’. There are many traditions around this holiday and with them lots of food …

White chocolate and lemon cake

Something sweet for a sweet day, made with a sweet boy!  And since he has inherited the ‘lemon’ gene, we decided on a white chocolate and lemon cake, love! I need to give the kid the photo credits as well, he was keen to have a go, and I think he was definitely up for the job, what do you think? …

Monday meatless meal -healthy lentil soup

It’s still cold in Hong Kong, so soup is still a strong go to meal! This one modified from Jamie Oliver hits the mark to start the week off on a meatless, healthy note. YUM!   What you need; 1 tsp olive oil 1 white onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 sticks of celery 1 small bunch of fresh coriander …

Toasted Quinoa with Lemony Cabbage + Pistachios

Last night I made an adaption of this recipe from  Martha Stewart. I omitted the dill, as well I couldn’t find any here in Hong Kong, and added pistachios. I also left off the yogurt as I didn’t feel we or the dish needed it! It was a fresh, filling dish that ticked all the boxes for a tasty, healthy …

eggplant soup

I understand that eggplant soup might not sound, nor look like something everyone would like, but trust me when I tell you, it’s really good! It is actually eggplant and parsnip, which might seem like an even stranger combination for a soup, but it works – honestly, it does.   What you need: 2 medium Italian eggplants, sliced in half lengthwise …

Cow Boy Candy

What you need : 12 Jalapeños, stems trimmed and sliced into 1/4 inch slices 2 Garlic gloves, smashed and peeled 1 cup distilled white vinegar 1 cup filtered water 4 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons salt 2 tsp mexican chili powder What to do :  In a sauce pan add garlic, water, vinegar, salt, sugar and chili powder. Bring to a …

lemon trottole

  Lemon Trottole What you need : 600ml chicken or vegetable stock 60ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 1 small fresh red chili, seeded and finely chopped 30ml extra virgin olive oil 100g trottole pasta (you can substitute for any shape you like) 1/2 cup of fresh grated parmesan What to do : Heat the stock …

Green Juice

Green Juice What you need : Into the juicer went, spinach, celery, green apple, mint, limes + ginger. I used enough to make two large glasses; a bunch of spinach (approx 250g) 3 small limes 3 sprigs of mint 2 sticks of celery 1 green apple 2 inches of ginger (I like the heat it gives, so vary the amount …