In amongst the booze, the food, the green and the general Irish-ness of this weekend in our adopted home, I’ve been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award from Olivia of The Wilsons of Oz! How sweet is that? It’s one thing for someone to say they enjoy your blog, but quite another but for that someone to be a fellow expat blogger who is also figuring out life overseas with little kiddies in tow, it’s basically the greatest pat on the back I could hope for. And we all need a pat on the back now and again, right?! In…

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I know there’s those people who make chocolate brownies so healthy that dust is more calorific. You know the one’s who act like they shit rainbow fairies whilst compulsively instagramming every mouthful. And for those people, I’m really happy for you. But I’m not one of those people. No, no. I don’t like fake anything- people, handbags, food…. in fact anything apart from tan needs to be real. Fake tan I can handle. But fake chocolate brownies? You kidding me? Either give me the real thing or get outta the kitchen. So safe to say, this isn’t a recipe for the…

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This is not a “thing”. This is along the same lines as the Chinese New Year Tree that we have. But you know how it is with these major celebrations, you take traditions, and then you make your own traditions. This might be one of them because despite my best attempts to peel, chop and drink the oranges taking residence in my kitchen, I just can’t do it all. This is the cold turkey sandwiches of Chinese New Year. Except it’s about a million times tastier. It really is so delicious and could be made more festive with sprinkles of…

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If you find yourself living under a deluge of oranges during Chinese New Year fear not. Oranges, tangerines, and satsumas are some of the most common foodstuffs around at this time of year, and it’s all thanks to their association with wealth and good luck in Chinese tradition. The word orange sounds a lot like the Chinese word for wealth and tangerine sounds a lot like the Chinese word for luck, so you know there’s really no excuse not to have a ton in the house. Not to mention the colour orange being associated with good fortune. There’s three good…

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With Chinese New Year almost upon us and the excitement building for a long weekend full of festivities and food, I want in on this celebration. It’s seem kinda fun, and very family and food orientated, which basically has my name written all over it. Also, with the post Christmas and birthday slump well and truly upon us it’s perfect timing to throw ourselves into a part of the culture here. We’ve been watching with fascination as decorations have gone up, swiftly replacing any sign of Christmas here, and everywhere becomes covered in gaudy red and gold roosters, lanterns and…

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