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  1. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 1)

    Ah, but Lear is fiction. My overcooked egg was all too real!
  2. I wish to formally inform the collected membership of this here community of something of which they may previously have been unaware. Spectacle wearers and yoghurt makers should pay special attention. Those lucky ones among you who have no need of ocular assistance may not realise that spectacles are magnets. They attract all sorts of muck, filth and general detritus. This you don't want. Those underprivileged people who don't make their own yoghurt may not realise that the manufacturing process requires bacteria. Not any old bacteria, though. No doubt, my spectacles, without which I am bat blind, are a regular petri-basin of bacteria, but I guess the wrong type. I did try soaking my specs overnight in milk, but to no useful result. So, there I was half an hour ago attempting to digest the latest hot news from eG, when I realised that the gunk on my glasses had reached critical overload blocking my view of the wit and wisdom on display and so, decided to clean them. For this purpose, I have some special Japanese devices, no doubt hi-tech, but really just mini wet-wipes sold as lens cleaners. Each wrapped in a little blue sachet. Unfortunately, also on my desk (god knows why) at the time was a little blue sachet of Lactobaccillus, the very bacteria that milk loves when it wants to grow up into yoghurt. In order to clean your specs you have to take them off, then you can't see what you are doing. I am here to tell you that lactobacillus, wonderful and magical in all its milk-related properties, is utterly useless at cleaning spectacles. And mini wet-wipes do nothing for your milk either. Don't forget!
  3. Hot Pot For Home Use

    Same in London. Sichuan has a few, too!
  4. Hot Pot For Home Use

    If you want to do a double hot pot (鸳鸯火锅 - yuān yāng huǒ guō ), then yes. Like this.
  5. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 1)

    Damn the doorbell. I was preparing breakfast and just at precisely the wrong moment some idiot rang my doorbell. Tragedy ensued. My oeuf was oeufercooked! And they were at the wrong apartment, anyway. Actually, I don't have a doorbell. Doorbells never caught on in China. They just banged on the door.
  6. Dinner 2017 (Part 3)

    Tonight I went Mediterranean in southern China. Well actually, it began yesterday. Diced some lean pork and marinaded it in olive oil, garlic, crushed coriander and fennel seeds and dried oregano overnight. Loose women, mushrooms, single headed garlic. shallots, yellow bell pepper coated with olive oil. My intention was to do sticks with various items, but I prepared far too many vegetables, so I roasted them under the pork on sticks. Pre-cooking Half done Plated - serving #1 And there are leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Bonus.
  7. Fruit

    I was in the supermarket this morning and spotted some saintly women. Not your actual angels, nuns or the like, but a cut above the average. Most of the trouble in my long, sad life can be attributed to my addiction to not-so-saintly women and my attempts to convince the truly saintly women I’ve known to lower their standards, usually unsuccessfully. So, it comes to me as no surprise to have become totally addicted to these beauties. I can buy them in shiny presentation packs prepared in remote factories. These are not what you want. They are usually shrivelled, over made-up, dusted with sweeteners and preservatives and past their prime, a bit like...no. I won't get personal! What I need are fresh, newly plucked from the vine saintly women, carefully prepared and sold loose. Loose saintly women. Oh yes! You are probably wondering what the hell I am on about. Or what I’m on. 圣女果 - shèng nǚ guǒ, saintly women fruit are quite simply cherry tomatoes. I love to roast them or fry them until they implode or explode. (Loose, exploding saintly women! Hose me down, Scotty!) They are always sold on the fruit shelves or in the fruit shops. They are not usually thought of as a vegetable here but as fruit. (Yes, I know all tomatoes are technically fruit, thank you.) We also get dried saintly women. Obviously not as immediately alluring as the fresh ladies, but they are also totally wonderful and highly addictive. A bit like sun-dried tomatoes, or sun-dried actresses, but without the oil in which they are often presented. These are just the tomatoes, intended to be eaten as a snack. The drying process is only partial and intensifies their allure and flavour. They retain a rich juiciness. Or so they tell me.
  8. Fruit

    On the way home from visiting "the woman who fixes stuff" to ask her to sort out a bust zipper on my favourite coat/jacket, I passed the first mulberry fruit street vendor of the season. Within days there will be dozens. Today, they were a bit pricey so I passed, but when the competition arrives it will get more sensible. That is communism or capitalism - I can't tell the difference any more. P.S. Jacket restored to perfection. Cost: 73 cents USD; 58 pence GBP. A lot less than the fruit!
  9. Hot Pot For Home Use

    Yeah, "mala*" suggests that it is a Sichuan place and dry hot pots are particularly popular there. *麻辣 - má là describes the flavour of Sichuan food. 麻 - má is the numbing effect of Sichuan peppercorns. 辣 - là is the spiciness of chili peppers.
  10. Fruit

    One of the odder things in the supermarkets now are these 人形果 - rén xíng guǒ or "People Shaped Fruit". This is a craze believed to have started in Taiwan, but now spread to mainland China. Young fruit is enclosed in a translucent mould, forcing the ripe fruit to take on whatever shape the mould determines. Various shapes are available – from babies to the Chairman. This Buddha look-alike carries the character 福 - fú, which means good fortune, blessings or happiness. He is some kind of melon.
  11. Hot Pot For Home Use

    Having gone through three or four hotpot pans over the last few years and had them wear through and develop holes, I'm going to disagree. I have recycled a couple as plant pots - one is full of vigourously growing mint at the moment. Not so. Dry hot pots are very common. There is a recipe for one example here. The author of this recipe cooks it in a wok then transfers the finished dish to a serving plate, but I've never seen that done here in China. It is cooked and served in a regular hotpot pan on an induction heater or burner as normal . Hot pots, dry or wet, are mainly winter dishes and in unheated homes in the south (i.e. most) the food would be ice cold in minutes if re-plated without a heat source. Hot pots are pretty much the only way to get a hot meal in the worst of the winter, Hence their popularity.
  12. Hot Pot For Home Use

    If they are Chinese made as you seem to suggest, they will be thin steel. That's all I've ever seen here. Some people do, however, use a wok with their induction cooker or single burner.
  13. Dinner 2017 (Part 3)

    Well, I could do with any of that now! Dinner for me was a miserable canned tuna sandwich. It's been a difficult (spelled s-h-i-t) couple of days. But I'm back home and tomorrow start again.
  14. Excuse me. My rice was neither overcooked or unchilled. I know how to make fried rice.
  15. What a ridiculous attitude. I take it you don't use salt either, then. Many "additives" are used to enhance flavour all across the world: salt, sugar, pepper, acids (vinegar or lemon juice etc), wine and other alcoholic beverages etc. The list goes on. MSG is just another on the list. I have no intention of reviving this old argument, but very few, if any, people are allergic to MSG. No controlled study (and there have been more studies of MSG than any other "additive") has ever identified a single case of MSG allergy. If you want to see what's been said here before, there are over 200 comments here.