• Pho Bo – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
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    There is a grace that permeates through every nook and cranny of my home when this pot is brewing in the kitchen. It is the thing that gives my body a sense of safety and nurture. It is the meal that I call home, and whenever I catch a whiff of the precious spices simmering along with the marrow bones, my neck instantly arches up and my nose points up into the air. “Yes, a fresh pot is brewing”. An engaged and knowing smile crosses my heart and I know I must give in to the temptation to what Vietnamese call Phở. There must be some magical formula that causes the hard-working people of Vietnam to participate in the ritual of eating this morning, noon and night. It is too good…

  • Gyoza – Japanese Pan-fried Dumplings
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    Gyōza is a japanese dumpling with origins from China. They were introduced to Japan after WWII when the Japanese soldiers returned to their homeland from China. It is now a staple in every Japanese home kitchen and is commonly eaten as a side dish to ramen. Gyōza typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping. Gyōza should not be confused with wonton. Gyōza have a thicker, chewier skin and a flatter, crescent like shape, and are usually eaten with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce (and/or hot chili sauce); while wontons have thinner skin, are sphere-shaped, and are…

  • Red Velvet Cake – Irresistable charm
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    Recipe taken from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum 3 (90g) large egg whites 2 tablespoons red food colouring 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups (200g) cake flour or plain flour 1 cup (200g) caster sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup canola oil 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter 1/2 cup buttermilk Special Equipment One 9 by 2-inch heart-shape or round cake pan (8 to 8²⁄³ cups), encircled with a cake strip, bottom coated with shortening, topped with parchment cut to shape, then coated with baking spray with flour Preheat the Oven Twenty minutes or more before baking, set an oven rack in the…

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