Category Archives: Food

The Autumn of Discontent and Breaking Down (a Turkey)

SCENE In a ruin of an apartment, sitting on a rickety folding wooden chair, a laptop perched on two cases of wine, a man writes. He is there to get the feel of a new space. There is graffiti on the … Continue reading

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Eat a Peach! or Egyél Egy Barackot!

I am astounded by the bounty here in Hungary. It is as though the earth, the farmers and orchard keepers have a little secret. None of it is GMO. They kicked out Monsanto. Well, that is what they say; I … Continue reading

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Pierre’s Lentils (Swansong)

On 27 December 2014 at 05:45, I left Budapest for Nimes to ring in the New Year with family, especially to see my son for the first time in eight months. I have never not seen him for that long, and … Continue reading

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China, Cars and Driver Stereotypes (a not-so-gentle rant)

An interesting quote by a long-time expat in Beijing from some years ago: “The Chinese Highway Code is extensive and if you read it, and if it were followed, it would put the Chinese driver at an extremely high level. … Continue reading

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Cooking the tea and the smell of grass 2/3

If the leaves must be picked by virgins for purity, then it is fitting that the tea is cooked (or prepared) for consumption by old men working, drinking and smoking all through the night.  It is the ever present and … Continue reading

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When are you free to pick some tea with me? 1/3

It is tea season in the village, and all around Hangzhou. Hangzhou is Mecca for green tea.  This is where the famous Dragon Well Longjing Tea comes from. All of winter is forgotten and spring has burst forth.  The first … Continue reading

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Bamboo You!

Apparently I have been rather morbid lately in my posts: mutilation, vomiting, airing my laundry etc. This is an attempt to rectify the situation. I write, edit little, and put it out there.  Deal with it :-) Just down the … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Chewy

I have spent five days in Hong Kong. It has been an extravaganza of food. There is much to do here and a lot to see, but food and shopping are the two main activities, unless you count horse racing … Continue reading

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I will Survive…after a Fashion – – Xin Nian Kuai Le

Happy Year of the snake!  Xin Nian Kuai Le (pronounced Shin Neeyen Kwai La) The New Year is officially underway as the fifteenth (our 24th) passed on Sunday. For a description of the lunar calendar, see the previous post.  Good … Continue reading

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Knock Knock…Who is there?

An entire goat arrived today by post. It is a little strange, but stranger still is that it arrived from Western China over the New Year celebration. Everything stops dead here during this holiday season.  Web sites say they will … Continue reading

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