The cobbler and the torte

It’s the middle of peach season, and China has some of the juiciest and sweetest peaches in the world. Here, they are called 水蜜桃 (shui mi tao), or “water honey peaches.” As a peach lover, I find them to be irresistible, but a traumatic experience a couple of years ago has deterred me from messing […]

2013, reviewed

Now that it’s a new year, we can look back on the old year! The main question is, of course, how many blue sky days did we have? According to statistics for the year released by the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, which ranks each day from 1 to 6 (highest level of pollution), 176 days […]

Weekend fun: Pomegranate frozen yogurt

In China, street-side hawkers are ubiquitous, selling everything under the sun — Tibetan jewelry, notebooks, phone cases, socks, stuffed animals, candles, candy. There are the usual items, but every once in a while, something new will pop up, everywhere at once. You’d think there was some central management directing all of these sellers to go […]

Weekday fun: Basil muffins

I had some basil leftover from a roast chicken dinner the other night. I didn’t want to waste it, so I thought I’d make them into muffins. I recently had a memory of these cheddar and leek scones I made once, and I got this craving for some savory muffins. After googling “basil muffins” and […]

Weekend fun: Avocado coconut ice cream

I’m exploring dairy- and citrus-free dessert options for when boyfriend’s dad visits next month. My first experiment, avocado ice cream made with coconut milk, turned out to be a winner. I used David Lebovitz’s recipe, which struck just the right balance between the two really rich flavors of avocado and coconut, resulting in a light […]