Beginner’s Choice: Simple Celebrations

New beginnings As we start a new year, we look forward to new adventures and ventures. Yesterday I came across a documentary about a nineteen-year-old boy in Thailand, who has to work very hard to buy rice to feed his family. He is working to support himself and is determined to finish school so thatContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Simple Celebrations”

Beginner’s Choice: Mary’s Christmas

A cake for Christmas is quite appropriate because Christmas is a birthday celebration. Mothers have a central role in birthdays as they are the ones who gave birth to the birthday celebrants. Mothers also have a major role in deciding the menu for family celebrations. My mother decided that we will not have turkey thisContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Mary’s Christmas”

Beginner’s Choice: A Taste of the Rustic Life

Adventure abounds Human beings are born with a sense of adventure. We long to see and experience new things. When my nephew was a little boy he used to ask my brother: “Where are we going Papa?” and my brother would answer: “On an adventure”. I didn’t know if that meant that my brother didn’tContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: A Taste of the Rustic Life”

Beginner’s Choice: The Sweet and Savoury Moments

It’s already December 2022 and time to look back on another year that has gone by. We will no doubt find memories of sweet moments and not-so-sweet moments, and celebrate the fact that for there to be a picture there has to be light and shade. I remember a funny scene (perhaps from Sesame Street)Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Sweet and Savoury Moments”

Beginner’s Choice: Friends, Food and Fun

Food diplomacy The week has gone by quickly in the world that has been bustling with events from meetings of world leaders to the World Cup. Serious business is usually followed by the sharing of a meal at a banquet or a cocktail reception, where the mood is lighter and the host takes the occasionContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Friends, Food and Fun”

Family Traditions: Easy Oxtail Stew

By Andrea Pavee Last week as I was out doing the groceries, I decided on impulse (not always a good thing), to get a few trays of oxtail to make the stew which has been, for generations, our family’s ultimate comfort food. With everything rising from global stagflation, this could be an option for aContinue reading Family Traditions: Easy Oxtail Stew

Beginner’s Choice: The World of Curries and Soups

Dry curry My friend Anna cooked an Indian dry potato and cabbage curry dish and had Foodpanda deliver it to cheer us up last week. Those of us who were on medical leave certainly appreciated the kind detail. We tried to work out what spices were in the dish. I found a recipe online. TheContinue reading Beginner’s Choice: The World of Curries and Soups

Student Specials: Pretzels & Schnitzels and Kaiserschmarrn & Panellets

It’s a joy having exchange students around. They love discovering Asian cuisine, customs and traditions. But they also get home-sick and miss their own comfort foods, so they are happy to cook their favourite dishes for cultural nights. German Feast Vicky, who is German, was delighted to organize a German Night at the end ofContinue reading “Student Specials: Pretzels & Schnitzels and Kaiserschmarrn & Panellets”

Beginner’s Choice: Simple and Simply Good Meals

Last weekend Emily, who is in Hong Kong, sent a photo of steamed seafood in a bamboo steamer. With a note: “We had home-cooked steamed seafood with glass noodles. The abalone, prawns and fish were alive when Jason bought them at the wet market. People in Hong Kong only buy live seafood at the market.Continue reading Beginner’s Choice: Simple and Simply Good Meals

Just Loaf-ing Around with Sourdough

By Anne Lise Tan I have a love-hate relationship with making sourdough bread. Last year, I started entirelyfrom scratch back home with my first sourdough starter. (Read: a sourdough starter is an active colony of wild yeast that is cultivated by combining flour and water and letting itferment – this follows a similar concept toContinue reading “Just Loaf-ing Around with Sourdough”