My 3rd Grade Teacher Who Taught Me to Bake.

My favorite year in primary school in Hong Kong was primary 3. This is the grade my son has just entered in his elementary school in Los Angeles. He’s told me a few times that I have told him more than a once that it was my favourite year of school. The reason its the […]

Burratta Heirloom Tomatoes Italian lunch

Burrata, Heirloom Tomatoes, Stirato Bread and Balsamic Vinegar

Here’s something easy for lunch today. At the supermarket by the Heirloom Tomatoes, they had put out Burrata–a soft Mozzarella– and it made me think of this simple dish: Stirato bread, sliced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar dripped onto olive oil, with a pinch of black pepper. Dip the bread in the oil and vinegar and top […]

Gold Shrimp Dumpling on the 101th Floor.

This is a shrimp dumpling or a prawn dumpling in the more British parts of the world. Inside the very thin piece of tapioca and what starch wrapping is one or two full shrimp. It’s part of dim sum array of dishes, a kind of Cantonese Cuisine, which we will talk more about. The sauce […]

Off Bloom Mandarins (California 2015)

California is in a drought (2015) and the weather being erratic has caused a number of problems with the produce. Some vegetables were in short supply or destroyed. The lemon yield didn’t come, I had to buy them imported from the supermarket (with wax all over them, sigh). But “off bloom” mandarin were an unexpected surprise this […]