Char’s Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry

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Soups are a great way to introduce a lot of vegetables to kids. Stir-fries, too, because they contain so many different shapes and colors. ~ Emeril Lagasse A couple of days ago, we had a lovely Thai Chicken Curry at a teensy weensy cafe that’s been around for at least 25 years, served by the same […]

Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Winter sports takes on a new meaning. Just how much longer is the cold and wet spell going to last?  Skiing has been good with all the snow but enough with the rain already, yes? Looking for that silver lining, we are all hoping that the rains and storms we have seen will bring an end […]

Fried Tang Hoon 炒粉丝 (glass noodles)

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Updated from original post on May 26, 2016 Tang hoon, also called vermicelli, glass noodles, 冬粉 (dong fen, meaning winter noodles), is a light version of bee hoon, typically made from some kind of starch. Most commonly found are ones made of mung bean starch, often referred to as ‘mung bean thread’. Compared to bee hoon, which is made […]

Ginger Beef and Broccoli

Ginger Broccoli Beef

So long vegetarian is not the goal; or you might need to find new dining companions. I am not really sure how beef and broccoli became an American Chinese food staple. I know it is a safe bet to order it for a table of folks new to Chinese food or generally less adventurous diners. […]

Easy Water Spinach 空心菜 (Kangkung)

Easy Water Spinach

All things are difficult before they are easy. ~  Thomas Fuller Here is recipe that starts easy and stays easy. It will make a cook out of anyone. It’s that easy. Water spinach is more closely related to the sweet potato than to spinach as we know it in western countries. It is also called water morning glory, water […]

“Dragon’s Eye” Cabbage and Eggplant

Cabbage Eggplant delight

Let your imagination soar with this unique visual treat. Never give up and good luck will find you. ~ Falkor, ‘The Neverending Story’ My love for fantasy began early. As a child, one of my favourite movies was ‘The Neverending Story’. It was a fantasy within a fantasy. My favourite character was Falkor, the luckdragon. […]

Okra and Tofu

We have a love-hate relationship with okra. Lip-smackingly good when deep fried in southern style (Hush Puppies and Fried Okra, anyone?), comfortably filling in rich gumbo, tantalizingly spicy in bhindi masala. Yet the thought of inevitable slimy fingers can be a deterrent.  Then like smoky, late afternoon rays filtering through loose, leafy canopies, I chanced […]

Fried Taiwan noodles

It is a cool evening, heralding the beginning of fall with the leaves rewarding with sights of yellow and orange and red everywhere we turn. Cool weather needs foods that bring comfort. In this all-in-one dinner recipe that was made with available ingredients in the fridge, ginger is added for its warming effect. For the […]

Bell peppers, Zucchini and Cashews

Summer brings a colourful cornucopia of plants and vegetables. Here is an attractive serving bursting with colours and flavours.   ½ cup spam, diced (or chicken, diced and marinated in soy sauce, chinese cooking wine, corn starch) 1 green pepper, diced 1 red pepper, diced ½ cup roasted cashew nuts 1 tsp garlic 3 slices […]

Noodles with Summer Vegetables

Summer brings with it long days, sunshine, clear skies and its cornucopia of lush fruits and vegetables. Looking around my kitchen one afternoon, wondering what to make for dinner, I pondered a single leftover sun-ripened tomato-in-vine and an ear of white corn that recently left the farm. Now I can feast on corn boiled in […]