Orange Marmalade

An easy Orange Marmalade recipe with step-by-step photos. Perfect at breakfast with some hot toast or fruit bread. Add some fresh ginger to turn it into an Orange Ginger Marmalade.

jars of orange marmalade with spoon of marmalade on wooden board

Preserving

One thing I love about summer is the abundance of fruit and trying to preserve as much of summer as I can into little glass jars.

I have made several batches of Peach & Raspberry Jam, as well as a simple Apricot Jam, not to mention the Strawberry Jam which has been disappearing as fast as I make it.

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Chinese Chicken and Corn Soup

A delicious and comforting Chinese Chicken and Corn Soup using fresh corn. It’s so easy to make this classic Chinese takeaway dish at home, plus it is healthier and fresher!

bowl of chinese chicken and corn soup with fresh coriander on wooden board

If you love Chinese food, chances are that you have tried Chinese Chicken and Corn Soup at one time or another. Despite it being popular and well known as a Chinese starter, it also happens to be quite common in Vietnamese households.

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Grilled Thai Chicken

This Grilled Thai Chicken is bursting with flavour with lots of lemongrass, coriander (cilantro), ginger and chillies in the marinade. You can roast, grill or barbecue the chicken for crispy and golden skin. Great to make on a weeknight or for entertaining.

grilled thai chicken thighs in roasting pan with lemon wedges

I love marinated and grilled chicken and am always on the lookout for new recipes, though I think my mum makes the best version which I have tried endlessly to recreate and which comes close but, of course, it can’t quite compare.

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Chinese Barbecue Pork (Char Siu Pork)

A delicious and simple recipe for Chinese Barbecue Pork (Char Siu Pork) which you can make at home with everyday pantry ingredients in just 10 minutes!

chinese barbecue pork char siu pork on metal tray

Char Siu Pork

One thing I miss about living in Australia is being able to visit the local Chinatown, whether it be for a traditional Dim Sum breakfast, a browse through the colourful aisles of the Vietnamese grocer, or a visit to the Chinese bakery for their light and fluffy cakes.

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Hot & Sour Soup with Chicken & Mushrooms

This Hot & Sour Soup is a Chinese restaurant classic which tastes even more delicious homemade!

hot and sour soup with fresh mushrooms on chopping board

This year, Chinese New Year is celebrated on 8 February 2016 to mark the Year of the Monkey. The equivalent Vietnamese celebration is called Tet, one of the most important events in my family’s calendar.

As a child, my mother went to great lengths each year to prepare a feast which could feed our entire neighbourhood. The menu always featured a sticky rice cake filled with mung beans and pork, a turnip cake, endless platters of spring rolls (egg rolls), roast pork with gorgeously seasoned crackling – all served with fresh vermicelli noodles, picked carrots and daikon, and an abundance of fresh salad and herbs. There was always a soup on the menu, too; often a light chicken broth with bamboo shoots. Each dish had a significance and the ingredients were always carefully chosen to welcome luck and prosperity into the family.

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