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  1. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Another roadside dinner. A spicy hotpot stock with pork and bean sprouts. Extras of sliced beef and pork meatballs. Rice.
  2. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2017)

    Simple but satisfying. Penne with tuna, chilli, garlic and ginger.
  3. I don't need a calendar to know where in the year I am. Right now, it's hotpot season and this shows in this month's leaflet.
  4. Sausage Roll Question

    I love me a good sausage roll, but can't find them here. Chinese sausages aren't what I want, so I have to make my own sausage meat from fatty pork. But then I have the spicing problem. The spices and herbs I want just aren't available here, so I just use black pepper, sometimes chilli powder, maybe some nutmeg. If I'm feeling industrious I may make pastry, but usually buy frozen (not easy to find - I only know one shop which carries it, but they take forever to restock when it sells out, so I usually buy tons of it (which is why they run out!)) I never pre-cook the meat. Bake from raw. They only get minimally greasy and fat is flavour! Sausage rolls need grease! Flavourless, dry sausage meat in pastry is not what I want.
  5. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    I always make mapo doufu with ground beef. That is the more traditional way in Sichuan.
  6. Uses for leftover cola?

    Here is another recipe for coca cola wings, written by a Chinese teenager as a college exercise.
  7. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Yeah. Winged it. I've been flapping for years!
  8. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Pork marinated with garlic, ginger, chilli and Shaoxing wine. Stir fried with mushrooms, spinach and scallions and finished with a little soy sauce and sesame oil. Rice.
  9. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2017)

    I haven't decided if this was a watery fish stew or a thick fish soup but it was lunch.
  10. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    I had a fairly substantial, if uninteresting lunch today, so this evening a spinach omelette (duck eggs) and chips sufficed. With a beer, so all four food groups are covered. Protein, carbs, veg and alcohol.
  11. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    This tasted a lot better than it looks. It's a sort-of Maghreb inspired dish of chicken with lentils, garlic, ginger, coriander seed, cumin, lemon zest and scallions. With rice and garlicky spinach.
  12. My Irish coffee

    Indeed it is, but I've never seen so much being used, and I spent a lot of time in Ireland when I was younger.
  13. My Irish coffee

    Way too much sugar.
  14. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Steak, kidney and mushroom pie without the pie, because of the much mourned decease of my oven. Still, an OK dinner. Added chilli and Thai fish sauce. Once again, I neglected to photograph the side dish - cauliflower. I was too hungry to hang around taking pictures for your gratification while everything got cold!
  15. My freezer is literally, 100%, completely, without reservation EMPTY! Time to start working towards overfilling it again, I think.