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tuna noodle casserole

ultimate comfort food, tuna noodle casseroleI don’t know why, but of late I am drawn to nostalgia and in particular food.  This nostalgic feeling is all good and although I am not one to dwell in the past, there’s something so familiar about comfort food that pulls me back to my childhood.  In the 1950s and well into the ’70s casseroles were all the rage.  The classic all-time favourite casserole of the ’70s was tuna noodle.  Continue Reading →

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sautéed purple cabbage with pasta

purple cabbage with pastaDo you ever wish you could turn back time?  I do, not to alter events but to be more inquisitive with my elders thus being able to pass the story-telling torch onto my children.  My great, great paternal grandmother, Anna Marie Schmeltzer (Nanny Kent), died when I was 11 – she was 86.  My memories of her are limited but what I do recall most was her caring and loving way, the food she cooked was heavenly, and she always seemed happy even though her life wasn’t easy.  Continue Reading →

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chicken stew with olives

chicken stew with olivesFour weeks ago today we were cruising the Bosphorus River, listening to the historical commentary about Turkey and how this river has influenced its shores. As I sit here reminiscing of our trip, it feels as though it was eons ago.  All the planning, research, initial deposit to final payment, and the excitement leading up to the final week is but a mere memory.  Our trip, though, has left us with new experiences, new friends, and lots of new memories.  When we’re in a new country, top attractions are on our hit list but so is food.  Our first country was Turkey where we stayed in Istanbul.  Continue Reading →

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Roasted Pork Belly

roasted pork bellyWhen we first moved to Hong Kong, one of our all-time favorite fast foods was char siu fun (Chinese bbq pork over rice with a side of ginger sauce – yum!).  This was our first introduction to pork belly and before that I hadn’t heard of it.  Well, that’s not strictly accurate.  Although I grew up in the country and during my teenage years my parents had a mini hobby farm with pigs and chickens, I never knew bacon was from the pig’s belly.  Continue Reading →

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Roasted Vegetables & Sausage

 vegetable sausage roastLooking for a Sunday-style roast but without the fuss?  As much as I adore a Sunday roast, it’s an all day thing or close to it.  Sure, you can leave the roast in the oven and putter around the house or go out for a quick lunch, but realistically, you need to be nearby to make sure all is going well.  And, perhaps that’s the whole purpose of a Sunday roast – to keep everyone at home.  It lends for more family time; chatting while the dinner is in prep mode.  For me, though, my kids are too far away for them to pop over for the afternoon.  Unless we have our friends over, it’s just the two of us so a chunk of meat has to be given careful consideration to make sure there’s no waste.  Continue Reading →

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