Huế, Vietnam, taken on December 27, 2015
When you say circle, I think of food…probably because of the Circle Foods song that I was so addicted to. The song’s got it right with pizzas and cookies and burgers, but it’s missing bánh bèo Huế! This was one dish in a cooking class that I took part in during my stay in the city of Huế in Vietnam. It is a gelatinous rice cake with minced shrimp, garlic, and scallions, served with a very spicy chili dip. It was mentioned that 80% of the people who took part in learning how to make this dish didn’t like it because of the gelatinous texture of the rice cake. As for me, I belonged to the 20% that liked it. Bon appetit!
Glasgow, Scotland, taken on November 11, 2015
There is a little Korean “fast food” restaurant near the university and out of curious I went for lunch one day. The bi bim bap was actually pretty decent! The price was quite reasonable too, so I might just go back for lunch very soon 😉
Bordeaux, France, taken on February 9, 2013
When thinking of food items that are enveloped, many classic Chinese dishes come to mind – zongzi (stuffed sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leafs), spring rolls, baozi (stuffed buns), and of course the ever so famous dumplings, or jiaozi. These are a must-eat during Chinese new year. Juicy, savoury fillings wrapped in a skin made of dough, ready to be devoured…yum!
Ever since I saw Stephane’s post about the most perfect rack of lamb he made, I’ve been itching to try it on my own. Then a few days ago Florence showed me a mouthwatering photo of a rack of lamb that she made. That was it. I was going to make it. Tonight. With a huge kitchen and a lovely oven at my disposal, there was almost no reason NOT to give it a try. And it worked magically. Stephane’s suggestion was so simple yet so perfect. I had doubts when I was cooking but when I bit into the juicy, tender meat, I felt like my life has been completed. Thanks Stephane and Florence for the inspiration!
Had raclette for the first time, and even though I’m pretty sure this isn’t the proper way of eating it, it was super delicious and filling. I must have gained a few pounds after dinner…so much cheese, ham, and potato!