Chocolate Coconut Cookies

  Yield: Makes approx 14 cookies (depending on size you choose) Ingredients 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil – soft solid state (can sub with butter, produces a softer chewier centered cookie) 2/3 cup coconut sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 tbsp coconut flour ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa (I used Dutch cocoa) ¼ tsp baking soda 1/8 tsp salt ½ cup  white chocolate…

Today’s Ayi lunch

Today’s Ayi lunch served up:braised pork hock with chicken egg, Amaranth greens or aka Pig Weed, steamed fish drenched in oil, ginger and scallions. Pork ribs and Daikon/turnip soup. Note to self: run chopstick on surface of pork skin to detect unsighted pig hair stubbles. It really is unpleasant to discover stubbles jabbing my gums…

Burst of Colour

Aww. What a lovely way to end my week, just what I needed, a burst of colour and visual inspiration! Especially after 3 days od heavy grey fog. The hotel just delivered some fresh local fruits, along with a beautiful orchid bloom.

Grilled Oysters

Xiamen has great oysters and the common way to serve them is one of the best I’ve had. Steamed or grilled, then topped with  minced ginger, garlic, scallions, and salt, flash sauteed in oil.

Part of what I love about food is the cultural ethnography that comes along with it. My close friends sometimes bring me small food items from their travels and I absolutely adore it. I get to take a peek into another culture and what they eat, why and where it derived from. Here a spice and nut accoutrement from a region where a famous opera singer is from or resides and a very Aussie item, a premade pavlova mixture which kind of blew my mind. The instant upon receiving my mind raced with questions, how did this come about, why is it necessary and would it be worth the minutes saves from having to beat the egg whites? I’m saving this for a rainy day to experiment with and research more about its existence, it will be a fun day ?Should any of you have knowledge about these two items, share with me please ?

One of the perks with travel is that I get the windows of opportunity to seek out new foods and drink. With business travel that perk is often harder to obtain, with being on work schedules and rushing around without much personal at all. Here I managed a 20 min lunch break walk away from the factory to the local neighbourhood street market. Two other people joined me on my adventure, factory hq staffers a visiting from Taiwan. We came across this dried food snack vendor and we all grinned big smiles. Such fresh variety of local dried fruits, nuts, and seafood (mostly fish and squid). We tasted as many things as we could then purchased an array of nuts and plums before we rushed back for our jam packed afternoon of things to do. So glad for the chance experience.