Nyonya Dumpling with blue pea flower colour

Dragon Boat Festival: Nyonya Bak Chang with Blue Pea Flower

Bak Chang or Zongzi is made during the Dragon Boat Festival.  I have a family recipe that I have been using and love the taste. I am now trying out a new Nyonya Bak Chang recipe which has blue pea flower coloured rice and there is coconut milk as well. This recipe is also tasty, and …

Sio Bao Pasty on a plate showing ther filling.

Peculiar Pasties: Vegan Pasties with an Oriental Twist

You might be wondering why I am doing pasties? The Pasties are rather peculiar as it is not your usual pasties. That is why I call it  Vegan Pasties with an Oriental twist.   Vegan Pasties with an Oriental twist.   Well, it all started when a business customer asked me to make vegan chocolate  …

Stonhenge, tourist, Salisbury, pagan, winter solstice

When Does the Preparation For Chinese New Year Begin?

Good question. I think it varies with different families. Tang Yuan.For our family, it begins after winter solstice. Winter solstice is on 22nd December. It is a very important day in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is the shortest day of the year. After that day, one can notice that the sun rises earlier. This …

Interior of Poachers Brasserie

Where To Find Good Food Outside Leicester City

There is a nice restaurant near me. I have been there several times before, and it never fails to please me. My recent trip there was great. Poachers Brasserie in Thurlaston is run by a couple from Poland. The food is modern, using different, unusual and seasonal ingredients. The presentation is always pleasing to the …