Chinese New Year Cake ~ Nian Gao

Nian Gao is a popular sweet, gooey rice cake eaten during Chinese New Year. It is considered lucky as the pronunciation of Nian Gao sounds like “year high” which symbolises a better year ahead, advancement, promotion and the promise of a better year ahead.

Chinese New Year & Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow 柳絮The pussy willow plant, also known as Catkins bear their furry buds from late winter onwards and this signifies the beginning of Spring.  The many buds of the pussy willow make it a favourite flower for Chinese New Year. The fluffy white blossoms resemble silk, and they soon give forth young shoots the colour…

Curly Wurly Kale Salad

A plethora of taste and texture with every mouthful of this nutritious kale salad. Packed with chickpeas, mandarin segments, pomegranate and feta cheese. Laced with a maple syrup and balsamic vinegar dressing.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A delicious homemade cranberry sauce which is easy to make, a delicious accompaniment to roast meats and the perfect homemade gift at Christmas time.

Homemade Lemon and Passion Fruit Curd

A ray of sunshine for the darker winter months ahead, lighter and zingier than marmelade and quicker to make. Lemon curd will brighten any breakfast or tea as well as make the perfect filling for cakes.

Homemade Mango Pudding

Chinese meals do not typically end with a dessert or dessert course which is common in Western cuisine. Instead a platter of fresh seasonal fruit is often served at the end of the meal. However, Dim Sum menus have incorporated puddings which are often served in small portions together with the savoury items; there is…

The Papa Doble Cocktail

Also known as the Hemingway Special, this cocktail was created for Ernest Hemingway during his time in Cuba and has evolved to incorporate pink grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur; the author preferred his daiquiris without the sweet syrup and an extra shot of rum. Add or takeaway ingredients according to your tastes and enjoy. Ingredients:…

Fluffy Strawberry Sponge Cake

A lighter version of our traditional British Victoria Sponge Cake using a Taiwanese Castella Cake recipe. This uses less fat, sugar and flour and produces a delicate fluffy light sponge, perfect during the summer months with freshly picked strawberries. The following recipe produces approximately 8 to 10 slices and requires two round 8 inch cake…