Happy Valentine’s Day!! ♥ The best way to someone's heart? Through their stomach, of course! So time to get your wok on and whip up some delicious food to treat your loved one today. I’ve chosen three recipes that require some love and attention but aren’t difficult to recreate and will certainly get you into the romantic good books.Start with an easy, elegant starter with my succulent Ginger, Chilli and Soy steamed scallops. Steaming makes them fresh, healthy and deliciously savoury sweet. Move on to a main with my take on a Thai Pad noodle - Thai Style Chicken and Prawn Ho Fun Noodle. I love the combination of chicken and prawns and also fresh crunchy mangetout. Finally, Apple, Lychee and blackberry crumble - I think the trio of apple, lychee and blackberry makes for a delicious combination. Great served with custard or a scoop of homemade lychee and vanilla ice cream. [insert links to website]Click on the links above to get the recipes. There is no excuse not to get preparations under way right now! They’ll be putty in your hands!Have a wonderful evening.Love, Ching x
Tomorrow, Saturday 11th Feb, is the traditional Lantern Festival which is celebrated by families to mark the grand finale of the Lunar New Year season. My family has celebrated this for decades… and as its name suggests there are firecrackers, fireworks, hand lanterns and torches in abundance to brighten up the festivities as people welcome the New Year in a spirit of peace, prosperity and joy.I am going to try and find some time to make some of my favourite Tang yuan with sweet red bean soup. This is a classic Chinese dish eaten on my many festivals and traditional occasions - perfect for the Lantern Festival! Best served hot, but it also refreshing cold, when the dumplings tend to to be firmer. The glutinous rice signifies reunion and families 'sticking together’ and makes the dumplings delightfully sticky, light and tender. You can find the full recipe in Chinese Food Made Easy.Best wishes to all my Taiwanese friends and family - have fun!Love, Ching x
I love this time of year! I jump from one celebration to another and this morning was one of favourites, down with Lorraine at ITV studios. I hope you enjoyed my Spicy Singapore Noodles - it is not a traditional Chinese New Year recipe but one that actually contains lots of lucky ingredients that is super easy to cook at home. I realise not everyone can afford to go to a chinese restaurant or splash out on a feast. So if you fancy cooking something up for CNY this is a great dish.
The fusion of spices such as dried chillies and turmeric together with Chinese noodles makes this one of the best Asian fusion dishes perfect for a one-wok meal or entertaining. You can use ready cooked chicken strips or cooked prawns to make this recipe fly in the wok! Most supermarkets also have cooked rice vermicelli noodles in the fresh aisles to make this easy speedy. Noodles symbolise longevity, bacon lardons are used as a prized animal, prawns are a homonym for laughter in Cantonese, turmeric is golden. Fun note - some claim Singapore noodles are a bastardisation of 'mee-fun' a Hokkien noodle dish...I think Singaporeans should claim this dish quick, as so delicious!
Full recipe is on their website, itv.com/lorraine. Send me some pictures if you decide to give it a try.
Right, no time to stop! I am back to the US for an appearance on The Today Show. Will send out the details later.
Love, Ching x
I will be paying a special visit to Lorraine tomorrow, Friday 27 January, at 8.30am, ITV1 for a little Chinese New Year celebration.I’ve chosen a tasty Asian fusion dish that is perfect for a one-wok meal or entertaining and brimming with symbolic Chinese ingredients to welcome in the Year of the Rooster. Will post up a link to the recipe after the show.Hope you can all be there.Love, Ching x