Chicken and Bacon Puffs

  Don’t lose it, reuse it!   Got lots of leftovers that no one wants to touch? Is everything in your house avoiding it like the plague and insisting on ordering pizza instead? If you are like me and hate food waste, you have to learn how to get creative with leftovers. For me, the…

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Uyghur Spiced Lamb Parcels

What is Uyghur food?         Some of the best food in China can be found in Xinjiang province, located in Western China and typically halal and more reminiscent of middle Eastern cuisine than of anything you would recognize from your local takeaway.  Popular dishes of this region are barbequed spiced lamb, hand-pulled…

Karaage Chicken

          I first learned how to make karaage (kara a gee) chicken in a Japanese cooking class whilst living in Beijing.  That was where I learned that coating things in cornstarch and frying until crispy was inspired by Chinese cooking to which I say, thank you China. For me, karaage chicken is…

Fresh Herb Pesto

  Traditional Basil pestos are my jam!  Although, for some reason, it still annoys me when my husband uses it as a condiment on pasta dishes – I have no idea why, because obviously it is a sauce by itself!  Nevertheless, we always keep a jar on hand in the fridge for extra flavor on…

Chicken Liver Parfait

          ‘Try the grey stuff-it’s delicious!  Don’t believe us, ask the dishes!’   I remember that line from Beauty and the Beast as a child.  In my mind, I just thought the ‘grey stuff’ was something fancy and French.  As an adult, I contemplate how many grey foods there are out…

My Favorite Fresh Salsa

      Fresh salsa is a must in my household.  Fresh tomatoes chopped with garlic, cilantro, jalapeno and onions with a special seasoning mix is so versatile as a topping to most everything I eat and I simply can’t be without it. When it comes to salsa, homemade is best made.  You just can’t…

Apple Churros

How the apple churros were born I don’t just want any donut.  No, I want an apple fritter with chunks of apple clogging the batter.  I want it to be crispy from frying and glossy from a sugar glaze.  I want it to be the beginning and end-all to all apple fritters. So, how to…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

When I was a child, my favorite food was Chicken Cordon Bleu.  In my opinion, there was nothing to dislike.  Someone somewhere in Switzerland had come up with a sinfully perfect combination of fried chicken with salty ham and molten cheese center. As someone who LOVES fried chicken, I can’t think of anything better. As…