Street Food Experience in basel herbstmesse (autumn fair) 2008

Peterplatz, from the outside Basel Herbstmesse or Herbschtmäss in Swiss German (Autumn Fair) is the oldest and largest fair in Switzerland (this is the 485th times this year). It is an event which not only kids look forward to but also for those who are young at heart who wants to have a bit of fun, go for a few rides, scream when coming down from the Power […]

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A Culinary tale of two cities: part I london

Last week I did not cook anything special or exciting as I was travelling between UK and Holland back and forth. Or neither I went to any fancy restaurants this time but still I have come across some interesting food and places where I shopped for food that I would like to share. Part I: London I spent one […]

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Another Milestone ….

Thanks to Karen from Rambling Spoon for passing the Diamond award to me. This is the second time I receive this award, I wish this were a real diamond, just kidding!!! Actually I have only discovered Karen’s blog very recently, her post “Are there any Good Food Writers?” have drawn my full interest and attention to read her post from start to end. I agree with Karen, it […]

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What is ‘paidol’?

I like going to supermarkets to discover all kinds of things. Since baking bread is my new hobby, I have tried to understand different types of flour here in Switzerland as the flour types and grading varies from country to country. One day I found a pack called PAIDOL in the flour column, I asked my Swiss friend […]

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Cheap ‘n’ Chic eats in Hong Kong Part II: Ten traditional street foods

Photo taken in Lantau Island I was hoping to be able to write a second post last week but my in-laws are visiting us so I have been busy with them. It is very pleasing for me that they like my cooking a lot and would not mind to be my guinea pigs to sample my new dishes. Last week […]

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Kinpira Gobo, Japanese Braised Burdock Root

What is Gobo (burdock root)? Gobo is a root vegetable and also known as a medicinal herb. It is a very common in Japanese cuisine. Gobo, before peeling The first time I tried Gobo was in Hong Kong some years ago when I had omakase in a Japanese restaurant, they served each of us a petit dish of burdock as a […]

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The Best Shanghai Crab Specialist in Hong Kong & how to prepare & eat them

Having left Hong Kong, my home town for 3 years, it’s the first time that my recent visit fell into the Shanghai Crab season.   Background Yangcheng Lake   and Tai Yu  are the most famous areas producing Shanghai crabs (literally meaning Big Gate Crabs). Each year from September and December is the best time for […]

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Best Way to Preserve Garden Herbs: Freezing Method in ice Cube Trays

Freezing self-grown basil herbs (basil) in ice cube trays for winter use This year the summer was over in Switzerland rather early, I remembered when I first arrived Basel three years ago, also in mid-Sept, it was not this cold. I felt the warm weather just disappeared all of a sudden without any signs or saying goodbye […]

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A superb birthday surprise: Gourmet Traveller 88 Cookbook …

So what is this all about, a Gourmet Traveller 88 cookbook??? Haven’t heard you mentioned it at all! Is this your first reaction when you see the above image? To be honest, I was so astonished on 11th June (my birthday),  when my hubby, Peter asked me to unwrap the birthday present, I was still in bed, not […]

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Blushing Piña Colada

Sitting in front of the TV watching World Cup, I suddenly felt like making a summer drink which contained pineapple but a normal virgin pina colada does not interest me. I have always find that it is difficult to have a perfect pina colada, it was either too coconutty or the consistency was too thin and not creamy enough […]

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