Category Archives: Cooking

Recipes, tips and more for those who love good food.

Making buns

Last weekend good friends, the lovely Yang sisters (Rachel and Mei) invited me over for a Taiwanese style bake off. Both are talented cooks, and they indulged my desire to make a popular Taiwanese snack food I had seen them post … Continue reading

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Basil omelette

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 … Continue reading

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Sweet potato scones

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.

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Kitchen Cupboard Cold Fixer: Taiwanese-influenced Onion Soup

I have a cold, my fourth in two months.  I am loath to admit that I actually have a cold, as I believe that you are what you think.  I keep telling myself that I am healthy, but somehow I … Continue reading

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Ivy’s shallot pancakes (congyoubing)

Yummmmm, Chinese style shallot pancakes, known in Chines as ‘shallot oil cake’ (葱油饼, cōng yóubǐng).  This is a staple in Northern Chinese cooking, but something that Taiwan does so well that it has almost become a famous Taiwanese snack in its … Continue reading

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Ivy’s Kitchen

Ivy is beaming. I am at her apartment and with a group of ladies about to start a cooking class, and she is so excited.

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Taiwanese pudding

My eldest son, almost four, loves pudding — a dessert found at every convenience store and most bakeries in Taiwan that is kind of like a creme caramel. It is a special treat for my boy after soccer. He was … Continue reading

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Mood foods: Centered on Taipei magazine

The December/January edition of Centered on Taipei magazine is now available.  And it includes a feature interview I did with cooking presenter Graci Kim, star of the Taipei-filmed series Graci in the Kitchen.  Read about her passion for creating mood based … Continue reading

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Recipe: red bean and sticky purple rice soup

Red bean soup (adzuki bean soup, aka hongdoutang — 紅豆湯) is a staple treat served to new mothers after childbirth as part of the Chinese postpartum confinement (坐月子 zuo yuezi) diet.   And it is even more delicious when combined with … Continue reading

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Recipe: Black Sesame Congee

During my period of Chinese postpartum confinement (坐月子, zuo yuezi) I ate lots of sesame seeds.  Mostly it was in the form of sesame oil, included in liberal amounts in soups and stir-fries.  But one sweet treat was black sesame … Continue reading

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