Chinese people love rocks. It’s also a well-known fact that Chinese people love gambling. (I hate losing so I don’t really gamble; my limit is maybe $20 at the slot machine and it’s never lasted more than 10 minutes.) If you’ve been to Vegas during Chinese New Year, you know what I am talking about. The […]
Hi everyone, Sarah here. This tomato and egg dish is something that you’ll find on a lot of Chinese home dinner tables. It’s fast, easy, and cheap, and every family has its own version. When I was studying abroad in China the summer after my sophomore year in college, a lot of the foreign students […]
So previously, we discussed how to use Chinese to reference beverages of an…alcoholic nature. Well if that’s not your thing, then we’ve got the next best one, at least in China. Tea. Natch. 喝茶 Pinyin (i.e. the transcription of the Chinese words into Latin script): he1 cha2 The numbers indicate what tone each word […]
This past 4th of July weekend, blueberries were on sale at 6 pints for about $7. Which can only mean one thing: pie. It’s one of the best things about summer. In the fall, you’ve got apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, etc. etc. But once summer hits, you get all these fresh peaches, blueberries, and strawberries […]
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?