Thriving in a Chinese Kitchen (Jan 2015)

Now that you have the right cookbooks and the right utensils to cook Chinese food let’s examine what ingredients you should stock up on if you are novice. Finding bottled or canned ingredients can be a struggle especially if you can’t read Chinese characters so that is why I am concentrating on these. Don’t be […] Read More

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp & Grits

The Southeast of the United States is a land of culinary wonders. For a foodie with an interest in culture and heritage there is no better place than Charleston in South Carolina. Charleston an architectural gem is the type of place where everybody is a gentleman and a lady and where oyster roasts (a barbeque […] Read More

Smoked Tofu

Thriving in a Chinese Kitchen (Nov 2014)

Cooking like the Chinese can be extremely rewarding, fast and easy on the pocket; even if only a couple of times a week! Armed with a cleaver, a chopping block and a wok you are ready to go. But where do you learn to cook Chinese food in Dalian? Unfortunately there are no schools or […] Read More

Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

When travelling in France don’t just concentrate on the Michelin restaurants with their haute cuisine; get into the bistros and cafes with their traditional food and local clientele. The repertoire of French regional food is vast and can often be challenging to cook. It is not surprising that many chefs have left their Michelin starred […] Read More

Espresso Granita

Thriving in a Chinese Kitchen (Sep 2014)

People who seem to cook out of thin air always surprise us, but the undisclosed reason for their success is a well-stocked pantry. Here in China food shopping can be stressful, especially at the beginning when you don’t know where to shop and what is available. Metro, Carrefour, Ikea and local markets are all great […] Read More


Romesco Sauce

When one thinks of Spanish food, tapas always come to mind. These little morsels, served with drinks, are what define Spanish eating. Ferran Adria, our most famous chef, says that “more than food; Tapas is a way of life”. As a Spaniard I love sitting or standing in crowded bars; whether eating a traditional, perfectly […] Read More

September Cover

Focus on Dalian September articles

  My latest articles for Focus on Dalian are here!  For this issue the International Kitchen section focused on Spain and the fabulous romesco sauce.  The Thriving in a Chinese Kitchen section focused on where and what to shop in a city like Dalian.  I shared my tips with readers on my favorites food shops […] Read More

Broken Biscuit Cake

Thriving in a Chinese Kitchen (Jul 2014)

When we relocate to China, many of us face having to say bye to four-hob stoves and fancy kitchen equipment and are faced with small kitchens, little countertop space and one-hob burners. There is no need to panic. The Chinese kitchen is, on close inspection ingenious and versatile. For thousands of years they have managed […] Read More

Piedmontese Peppers

Piedmontese Peppers

There is much more to Italy than pasta and pizza. Although deservedly popular, it is the vegetable dishes of Italy that surprise with their creativity. With great weather and fertile land it is no surprise that we can find such a wide spectrum of vegetables.  Fennel, with its aniseed flavor, sliced thinly and drizzled with […] Read More