If you like fava beans (and not everyone in this family does… *i.e. Sarah*), then you will probably very much enjoy this dish. Fresh fava beans will cook faster than ones that have been frozen, so take that into consideration! Ingredients: 1 lb fresh fava beans, or frozen ones, defrosted 1 tablespoon szechuan peppercorn 3 […]
After a week at home in the States, I had the unique opportunity to visit Finland on business during the week of the summer solstice. The Finns value their summers, and I can see why, especially after living in Beijing for a while. Just getting off the plane and taking a deep breath was a real treat, […]
I decided to pause from my salad kick and make one of the most heavenly foods ever conceived: spaghetti and meatballs. Er…penne and meatballs (it doesn’t have the same ring to it, but I didn’t have any spaghetti on hand). I cooked up some turkey meatballs, which are light, moist, and oh-so-tender, and threw in […]
Look at that sky! It may not seem like much to celebrate, but have you seen this?
The name is a doozy, I’ll give you that. I debated whether or not I should shorten it, but really, this is the only name that does this drink justice. It’s an Arnold Palmer, which means it’s a mixture of iced tea and lemonade. But what really makes it special is the “Sparkling Strawberry Oolong” […]
After our Huang Shan stairmaster-esque climb and comparatively more relaxing mountain descent, we couldn’t leave the area without taking a look at Tunxi Ancient Street, which is a pedestrian walkway that dates back over a thousand years. There are shops on either side of the street, many of which have existed for over a hundred […]
Today, I’m writing a post about our dog Jake, because today is his 13th birthday. We got him when I was 10 years old, which is so weird to think about. When he was young, he was a right psycho…chewing everything he got his hands on, jumping six feet in the air when you’d throw […]
Okay, so today: A word on Chinese tones. Thus far in these Chinese Lesson posts, you may have seen these little numbers that I’m putting next to the pinyin of each word. What’s up with that? Well, each number (from 1 to 4) represents the tone in which each word is spoken. What’s up with […]