Pomegranate Pear Tarte Tatin

Pomegranate Pear Tarte Tatin

You may have noticed the near absence of baked goods on my blog for the past month and a half.  That’s because I was trying to use products we could find locally. (You also probably noticed the spike in my Asian-inspired posts: red oil, chicken bamboo stir-fry, and cold eggplant salad.) But, I found butter [...]

#FoodieFridays no. 18


Food bloggers are such a wonderful, unique crowd. I love that I’ve found an entire group of people that can get excited when they see cheese bubble and turn brown. People that pine over (do people still pine?) steam coming off of a homemade cup of hot cocoa. People who get how awesome fudgy brownies [...]

Liang Ban Qiezi or Cold Eggplant Salad

Authentic Chinese Eggplant

Confession time guys. While living in China, I have gained weight. We’re not talking oompa loompa appearance or anything (although living in a country where many people are the height of oompa loompas with the bone structure of swans…I sometimes feel a bit lumpy in that respect). But here’s why. Somehow, the places I choose [...]

They Don’t Add It To Their Tea…

Chinese Red Oil//Chili Oil

Last year one of my students’ mothers gave me a pound of red chili flakes (think, cayenne). It’s fairly common here for us teachers to receive food. We get invited out to eat approximately twice during the semester, broad bean chili paste (another mother lives in a town known for making broad bean chili paste), [...]

Chicken Bamboo Stir Fry

Chicken Bamboo Stir Fry

“Bamboo? It’s tasty,” said the lady at the market. In Chinese. [Okay, I can tell that’s bamboo.  Uhhhhh, how do you make bamboo. I’ve been wanting to try bamboo. Okay, ask her if I need to peel it.] That was me, frantically racking my brain and not finding any of the words that were up [...]

Chicken Persimmon Salad

Chicken Persimmon Salad

Boredom is not something that I do well. I become lethargic if left to my own devices. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love being able to sit down and veg out on a little TV at night or have a two hour breakfast. But last year, there came a point where I was [...]

Pumpkin Butter Yogurt Parfait

Pumpkin Butter Yogurt Parfait

I’m kind of on a yogurt kick…because I just bought a yogurt machine!! I’m trying not to spend money on things I can’t take back with me next year as we prepare to think about trying to settle in the USA on a more permanent basis. But this one has been churning around in my [...]

Orange ya glad…?

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Recipe

It’s pumpkin season! Not only did a million pumpkin recipes manage to pop everywhere this past week, but I started to crave pumpkin the second I read the word pumpkin somewhere. Is it just me or are things getting a little out of hand? I don’t remember seeing pumpkin milkshakes in August when I was [...]

How ’bout them sweet potatoes?

Tuna Quiche//Sweet Potato Crust

This quiche recipe makes me crave an all-you-can-eat outing to La Faim des Haricots in Toulouse, France. La Faim des Haricots was not only one of Toulouse’s only vegetarian restaurants, but it was also one of its only all-you-can eat buffet style restaurants, too. All-you-can-eat buffets are definitely not run-of-the-mill in France. Budget-friendly all-you-can-eat restaurants [...]