10 steps to build your steamboat or hot pot


There is nothing better than gathering around a warm fire and enjoying food with friends and family. Remember the good old camp fires and barbecue pits? You’ve most likely forgotten the banter, but the warm and happy feeling lingered long after the meal’s digested. Steamboat has the same effect. It’s essentially a large pan of…

Borscht soup, Hong Kong style 羅宋湯


The other night the topic of food trends came up at home. S and I talked about the food we had in our teenage years and shared with J, our fond memories of Hong Kong restaurants that were born out of the then-growing western influence in the 1980s. Their menus typically include pasta, pizza and…

Vietnamese Beef Pho (broth recipe)


We are a pho-loving family. I don’t think there is ever a time we would reject one – hottest day of the year maybe, but it rarely gets extreme here in Auckland. Pho is the best antidote to the coldness of a crisp Autumn night. Squeeze of lime, tears of vietnamese mint, rings of picked…

One pot ham and potato chowder soup


The weather had been quite flippant in the last few weeks and we find ourselves so looking forward to summer that we are wearing jandals already, looking longingly to the sky as if to say ‘I demand summer weather, NOW!’. Of course that had no results whatsoever and we resolve to having warm, hearty, comfort…

Quick and Easy Chicken Spaghetti Soup


It is a simple one pot dinner. I put everything in the pot, and while it cooks I can spend time with my family. My daughter can even help with tearing the meat. This is especially good for the cold winter when family members may be sick and need some simple hearty meals. You can…