As some readers will know, I love, love, love the twice-yearly fundraising bazaar run by the Salvation Army, Taipei. What’s so good about it? Well, it’s kind of the next best thing to an op-shop in Taipei. Which is not surprising, given the best op-shops — aka thrift shops – are run by the Salvation Army. So they know how to run a good rummage sale.
The December/January edition of Centered on Taipei magazine is out. And I am especially chuffed about my Ask Taiwanxifu article on pages 12 and 13 that has been included in this edition. Firstly, because I have a big, warm soft spot for Taiwan’s spa bathing culture and writing this article brought back lots of good memories about hot springs (wenquan) that I have visited.
Did anyone else in Taipei love the beautiful late Autumn, sunny weather? Perfect for venturing out and about, and for catching up with friends.
If you haven’t noticed from the lights springing up around Taipei, it’s almost Christmas time. And next weekend on Saturday 30 November there will be a Taipei Christmas tradition — the annual Taipei European School Christmas Bazaar.
Sometimes the best food is simple. And the special zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement) foods prepared for new mothers to help them recover after childbirth need not be complicated to cook, either. I have been inspired by the Windmill cookbook authored by Dr Chuang Jin Funn to try a simple recipe, using fresh basil from my balcony and some eggs.
I am excited to announce that I have started a new cultural Q & A column in Centered on Taipei magazine — Ask Taiwanxifu. See the November edition (pages 12 and 13) for an answer to a question about Taiwanese temples that I get asked about all the time. I am also excited to include photos by friend and inquisitive photographer Kristen Robertson. I hope this is the beginning of many fun collaborations. Continue reading
I started writing this blogpost sitting in the Sofun Presbyterian Church in Shoufeng, southern Hualian. And the reason for my visit – baking scones. Well, at least in part.
Mr Taiwanxifu and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary last weekend. So we wanted to do something special. A lunch meal at Ian’s Table, a private residence in the spectacular Hualian rift valley area, was the perfect venue.
A work colleague has just had a baby girl. So I decided to do some cooking for them. Since they are both of an Australian-Irish background, I thought I would cook something that they could relate to. Not all new mothers are into zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement) staples such as sesame chicken and pigs trotters, let alone liver and kidneys!
It’s my birthday and I’ll write what I want to. Well, actually it was the big day earlier this week. And I did enjoy it very much, with a revisit to Chamonix with my dear Dad who was visiting from downunder. But I have also decided to indulge in writing about something that is not strictly within the self-designated themes of www.taiwanxifu.com — mindfulness.