#FoodieFridays no. 20

Foodie Fridays no 20 Favorites

Happy Halloween! I’ve got my pumpkin socks on and I’m ready to scare my students (then give them candy:) with a little video called “The Life and Death of a Pumpkin” in class today. Have you see it? Basically, if you only hear the audio, it’s pretty gruesome (oh the torture we put pumpkins through [...]

Honey-Glazed Spiced Pear Tart

Spiced Pear Tart

I’ve always loved cooking and baking for others. When we lived in France, I had arranged my schedule to have Fridays off. Those were usually my baking prep days on weekends we were having people over for dinner. I dash to the store, blast music from my computer (in those days it was also my [...]

#FoodieFridays no. 19

Foodie Fridays 19 Favorites

Happy weekend! We made it into my second official Foodie Fridays and I just want to thank you all for making my first #FoodieFridays a success! There really were so many great things going on…if you started following me on Twitter, you may have seen a few of them. It was hard to pick just [...]

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

#FoodieFridays Hosts

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 [...]