Kid and Mom Friendly Mac n’ Cheese

    Like any American kid who grew up in the 90’s, I was a big fan of boxed Mac n’ Cheese.  You could, in fact, classify me as a ‘connoisseur’ of it.  My preference was for Kraft Thick and Creamy made with less milk so that it was extra powdered cheesy or if I…

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Masala Cheese Pancakes

    One of my favorite dishes in one of my favorite restaurants in Kuala Lumpur is Masala Cheese Balls at the Gem Restaurant in Little India. I just can’t get enough of them and having to share a serving of these delicious morsels with my dining partners is just devastating to me. So, you…

Homemade Chinese Chile Oil

  In my humble and spice obsessed opinion, Chinese chile oil is a must have for anything noodle related in China.  Mixed with black vinegar, it is a great dipping sauce for a big plate of steamed dumplings.  A spoonful of it gives sesame noodles a little ‘something-something’ and no big beautiful bowl of NiuRou…

Pork and Celery Stir Fry

  For over a decade, I taught preschool all around the world.  Which means that I have seen kids’ lunches from Seoul to Seattle.  Not only that but I’ve experienced the universal struggle of getting children to sit at a table and eat food.   Whether each meal is delightful or dreadful really depends on what’s…

BLT sushi rolls

The process of making sushi rolls always seemed mysterious to me.  For someone who has a difficult time hanging a picture straight, how the hell was I going to put together a nice tight sushi roll?  Like the little dude from Karate Kid, the true mastery of this skill eluded me for some time.     Naturally…

Idiot Proof Minty Peas

  Being that half of my household is British, every Friday is fish and chips night.  I make the batter in the afternoon and get the fish ready.  My husband busies himself by making the chips from scratch and frying everything to a beautiful, golden crisp.   Deep frying things is an art form that he…