Pork Loin Roasted with Bacon, Apple and Sage

      How much do I love this recipe?  Let me count the ways…   I love how easy it is to put together.  Cut up the apples and onions, place them around a pork loin coated in cider and sage, wrap in bacon and roast until juicy and tender.  Make an amazing sauce…

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Croque Monsieur

         One of the perks of studying French at college was that I actually had to study abroad in France and for me that meant the university quarter in Paris.  In lectures on the rise of post modernism, formalist analysis of Baudelaire and trips to every art museum the city had to…

Fresh Herb Pesto

  Traditional Basil pestos are my jam!  Although, for some reason, it still annoys me when my husband uses it like 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…

Crispy Chicken Chop

]        Here in Malaysia, chicken chops are EVERYWHERE!  Crispy  chicken chops with salted egg yolk sauce. Grilled chicken chops with peppered gravy.  In the local grocery store, chicken chops come already deboned and ready to be covered in spice, sliced up and served next to rice and sambal or wrapped up in…

The Ultimate Tomato Soup

             In these trying times I find it difficult to be cheerful in my food blog.   We are living in highly charged political times and when you’re depressed by the news but can’t stop watching it, what’s the point of shamelessly promoting your chicken wing recipe? It just seems frivolous….

The Revolutionary Daughter

  Outside of the ultrasound room of the international hospital in Beijing hangs a sign with a message written in both Chinese characters and English, ‘It is illegal to ask the ultrasound technician the sex of the unborn fetus’.  I must admit, this sign intimidated me.  Despite the candid reassurances of my European doctors, there…

Salmon en Croute

      It may have a fancy French name, but this dish is all British.  Salmon en croute dates back to the 18th century when everywhere in Europe it was all the rage to cover things in dough and speak French.  Considering how much the British love things delivered in pastry, this makes perfect…

Spicepaw’s Spag Bol

Things I have learned as an American in my relationship with my British husband: 1. it’s never too early to start drinking on Christmas (I kind of like this rule) 2. Potatoes are an important vegetable in every meal and don’t try to reduce the amount and 3. Spaghetti Bolognese is not just pasta with…