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pork belly bites – one helluva snack!

.pork belly bitesWell, hello 2016!  Whatever the days or weeks ahead have in store for me, I’m ready!  Mr. S and I spent Christmas in Calgary.  Over the holiday period I cooked in other peoples homes; one being my daughter’s (a first for me!), one at my cousin’s (in Edmonton) and the other at my daughter’s employers home.  I loved it and what I enjoyed most was how appreciative each was that I was in their kitchen cooking for them.  Continue Reading →

macaroni and cheese – with a slight twist

macaroni and cheeseI grew up on macaroni and cheese both in the homemade version and the boxed one. Both are comfort foods but it’s been years since I had the boxed one.  Every cook has their own version but is it possible to improve on a classic dish?  At first thought, no way, but after considering the additions I am about to share with you, you might think otherwise.  Continue Reading →

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 →

Pork Belly Buns

caramelized pork belly bunsIt’s Chinese New Year’s Eve today and tomorrow millions will usher in the new year of the Sheep/Goat.  Most Chinese have already cleaned their house (literally) where the cleaning helps to drive any bad luck away from the house and discarding anything old to make way for a new start.  The years we spent in Asia got us involved in some of the celebrations and to this day I still replenish our rice jar (for good luck) and clean house where we sort through clothing and other items to give to charity.  Continue Reading →