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Happy New Year of the Monkey! I thought it’d be fitting to share one of my favourite photos from my childhood. I was 4 years old, carrying an orang utan in Thailand, I think? I haven’t looked up horoscopes, but the consensus is it is a good year, the monkey is an agile clever animal […]

  It’s the must-have during Chinese New Year in the South. Lo Bak Gou in Cantonese and Mandarin Luo bo Gao 萝卜糕 translates to carrot cake, but it’s made with radish/turnip. The Chinese name for the turnip is white carrot. Gou means cake 糕 and is the homophone for tall in Mandarin. During Chinese New Year, the […]

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  Happy New Year everyone!  A couple more hours before we bid the Snake year goodbye and welcome the year of the Wooden Horse. The horoscopes say it’s going to be a fab year! It’s been an interesting week receiving all sorts of horse-inspired greeting cards with puns. Clearly a more creatively versatile animal to have […]

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Happy New Year! It’s the first day of the Snake Lunar New Year and I’ve seen lots of greetings and designs – such a versatile animal to make greeting cards with. Here’s a list of top 10 lucky foods to eat over Chinese New Year, you’ve got 15 days to get your fill on this […]

My first collaboration with my food adventure partner in crime Heidi of Aromas y Sabores who’s kindly taken me under her wings to teach me the ropes of making food pictures look nice through styling, lighting and photography! (Images all courtesy of Heidi!) This Chinese New Year falls on Feb 10, the year of the water […]

Mise en place for sweet crêpes. My Mexican friend Heidi has inspired me with her food styling and photography and we recently got together to make and style crepes for La Chandeleur with my new cast iron Le Creuset crepe plate – I know, how indulgent! We followed this recipe very closely and Mr chef […]

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I spent all of last night reading horoscopes. I do that every year, in fact my mother and late grandmother used to consult the almanac all the time and every year my mother buys the latest book of Chinese horoscopes to get an idea of how the year will pan out. I’ve spent a few […]

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This year I spent the whole day cleaning up the apartment and enjoying the luxury of having time to laze about. I went over to my Chinese friend’s place for the traditional Chinese New Year feast on lunar new year’s eve and made plenty of dumplings and guotie 锅贴 (funny direct translation of pot stickers), […]

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Growing up in a country where our airport has been rated as the best internationally for more than a decade, I was deeply puzzled by the chaos travelling in the Motherland this Spring festival. I’m sure managing 1 billion travellers during the national holidays is a nightmare… I will never complain about living in Beijing […]

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This is the second Chinese New Year I’ve spent away from home and all the wonderful goodies like pineapple tarts and my mother’s special pumpkin cakes. 3 years ago, I was living in Treviso where there was little to remind me of the lunar new year.  This year, my Chinese friend invited me to his […]