The Hong Kong Flower Market

   Head up into kowloon and you'll find a series of streets divided up by what they sell. There's the ladies market, selling all manner of clothes, fake bags and sovieners, some reasonable, others tat. Then you come to the goldfish market. A whole street of shops dedicated to aquatic life, plastic bags full of fish are strung outside shop entrance ways. Little bubbles of water, temporary homes for their shimmering inhabitants. Next you reach the flower market, with blooms spilling out all ...

Double Chocolate and Buttered Popcorn Cookies

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I didn't think that this post was going to make it to you tonight. We've had a bit of rain here, and came home to find all the power had blown. Again. Did I tell you about the time when the power all cut out half way through preparing Christmas dinner, the turkey half cooked in the oven? That was stressful.  Well, the carpenter (which last time I checked deal more with wood than wiring...) from down the road has come in once again to save the day. Apparently he can't fix things tonight without ...

Cadbury Creme Egg Scotch Eggs

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Some recipes out there are very serious. They use serious ingredients, they are talked about in serious circles. They are treated with the reverence and dignity they no doubt deserve.Then there are the recipes that are not quite so serious. This is one of those recipes. This recipe is just a bit silly. A few weeks ago my friend Chantal sent me out a Creme Egg care package. With a mere 7 weeks to Easter, Creme Eggs still haven't made it to the Hong Kong shops. How on earth am I supposed to get ...

Cadbury Double Decker Chocolate Chip Cookies

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There are some weeks in your life when only a ridiculously over stuffed chocolate chip cookie will do. This week has been one of those weeks for me. I can't say there's anything really wrong as such, but I just feel a bit out of sorts, a bit grey. There are lots of exciting things coming up, but they feel like they are a very long way away, as if they might never actually happen. Of course no doubt they'll swing round ridiculously fast, probably before I'm ready for them, but sometimes it's hard ...

Balloons over Bagan

A few days ago I posted about our trip to Myanmar, and hinted about the best morning of our trip, perhaps one of the best mornings ever. One morning during our stay in Bagan we took a sunrise balloon flight with Balloons Over Bagan. It was absolutely incredible. The morning began, as all too many seem to on our trips around Asia, with a 5.30am pick up. We bumped along in the dark to the take off site, not really knowing where we were heading, trying to recognise in the blackness the roads ...

Mornings In Myanmar

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Last week we spent the Chinese New Year break in Myanmar. I can't express to you what an incredible week we had. I didn't want to leave! It's wet, cold and horrible in Hong Kong this week. It's been colder this week than London and Sochi, and without heating, it's impossible to get warm no matter how many jumpers and pairs of socks I put on. I'm already dreaming of my next travels, wishing I was back under Myanmar skies, dreamy blue in the day, burning with stars at night. We arrived after ...

Marzipan and Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

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  I absolutely love marzipan. I could eat it by the block. Its an essential ingredient in some of my favourite cakes too. Could you imagine Battenberg, for instance, without that almondy layer? It would be nothing but regular sponge and a bit of pink and yellow food colouring. Where’s the excitement in that? Then there's Christmas Cake. I may be completely stuffed from Christmas dinner, but I can always manage a bit of space to peel the marzipan layer off that slice of cake I just don't have ...

A Postcard from Cambodia: The Temples of Angkor

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Angkor Wat has been on my bucket list since I don't know when. I was enthralled by pictures of those soaring corn-cob towers. Black and white images from the end of the day, long shadows cast eerily across the stone causeways. Glowing skies of the dawn reflected in the lily ponds. What I never really knew was just how much more there is to Angkor than this one breath-taking, iconic temple. We finally visited Angkor over Christmas, the last stop on our trip to Cambodia. It didn't disappoint. ...

A Postcard from Cambodia: Siem Reap

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We landed early into Siem Reap, and spent our first day lazily exploring the town. We began with a stroll to the Old Market. It's edges are lined with restaurants boasting huge menus, thick like bibles, ready to serve the traveller anything and everything their heart desires. Dive into the market through the spice stalls, and out of the sun light. You'll be greeted by stalls laden goods to bring in the tourist dollar. Skirts, t-shirts, trousers, paintings, bowls, place mats, bags and big glass ...

Cheese and Marmite Scones

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Marmite. Strong, salty and distinctive.  A divider of people.  You either love it, or you hate it. ' I've always been a true hater. Horrible stuff. I could never understand how anyone could love even a little of it on their toast. Even the smell was too much. Yes, i most defiantly sided with the haters. Recently, however, i've changed sides. Should that even be possible? When one my best friends found out she was appalled; apparently this is one argument, allegiances are for life. I must now, ...