It’s February and there are two major celebrations this month. Most of East Asia will be celebrating the Lunar or Chinese New Year on the 10th. Preparations are currently in full swing for the 15 days festivities. It is exciting and I do miss all the fun and activities. Over here, we have Valentine’s Day [...]
Assorted pork chops are on sale this week at $2.19 a pound. That is a great price and I could not pass it up, especially when I saw a juicy chunk of pork shoulder roast included in the package. Finally, I have an excuse to pull out that slow cooker that has been pushed into [...]
A long weekend with an Arctic Clipper descending upon the Upper Midwest calls for battening down the hatches by staying indoors and baking scones to go with tea. This Clipper brought an arctic cold front with sub zero temperatures and strong northwest winds to the region on Saturday night. The temperature fell rapidly from positive [...]
Avocado is one of those fruits I did not taste until much later in life. It was not a fruit easily available in Malaysia and I only remember seeing it once in a supermarket. There was a placard stuck in the bin informing shoppers on how to prepare this strange looking fruit. I was still [...]
Kumquats are winter fruits that start appearing in the grocery stores in late November through March. These tiny, bright orange oval fruits have a sweet rind and a tart flesh. They can be eaten raw and are pretty refreshing. I usually cut them in half to remove the seeds before popping them into my mouth. [...]
Some of the more exotic tropical ingredients from the old country are just impossible to find here in Minnesota. Even in Malaysia these ingredients are becoming rare because they were never commercially grown but simply harvested from the wild. Increased urbanization has definitely taken a toll.
It is apple season in Minnesota! Each year we look forward to weekend trips to apple orchards opened to visitors at this time. Some orchards not only offer apples but also wines from their vineyards. Northern wines are a growing industry in our neck of the woods and we have several award winning vineyards dotting [...]