Hong Kong style Coconut Tarts

Hong Kong Style Coconut Tarts // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Buttery sweet pastry crusts filled with fluffy, sticky coconut filling. Coconut Tarts - a classic Hong Kong bakery treat. I've talked repeatedly about how hard it is to find really good bread in Hong Kong. As a huge bread lover, its always one of my moans. A crusty loaf smothered in butter, still steaming inside from baking is, even after 5 years away, one of the first things I crave when I set foot on British soil. I realised lately, however, that I'm doing Hong Kong bread rather a ...

{Happy Places} Our Trans-Siberian Journey

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  'Just the place to bury a crock of gold,' said Sebastian. 'I should like to bury something precious in every place where I've been happy and then, when I was old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.'   Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh   About five hours into my flight back from Hong Kong to London a few weeks ago, I opened the window blind a little, to look down on the Gobi Dessert. Orange-brown sands stretching out endless and empty for ...

A Postcard From Edinburgh

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Today I plan to take you on a food lover's tour of Edinburgh, but before that, a quick apology; It's been a little quiet around here recently. Its been a busy couple of weeks, not least because Andy's flown back out to Hong Kong. He's headed back to work, and I'm staying here. I'm already counting down the days until May when I've got a couple of weeks off to fly out and visit him. Instead of even thinking of being in the kitchen over the Easter weekend, I spent the weekend with Andy. ...

Laap Kai, Laos Chicken Salad {gluten free & dairy free}

Laap Kai, Laos Chicken Salad :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

A deliciously fresh and zingy Laos chicken salad, packed full of mint, coriander, chilli, lemon grass and lime. If you're new to Laos cuisine this quick and easy recipe is the perfect place to start!  A hot dry day in Laos' 4000 islands. A morning bumping along dusty roads on the back of a rusty moped, bouncing through deep pot holes, swerving around chickens and the mud crusted noses of sleeping water buffalo. The afternoon sun is high in the sky, breakfast was a very long time ago and we're ...

Afternoon Tea at The Landmark

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Is there anything better than an afternoon tea? Elegant tableware, silver pots full of steaming tea, scones piled high with jam and smooth clotted cream, little cakes with delicate flavours. Its defiantly one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon. Last weekend I went for Afternoon Tea at The Landmark hotel, London, and loved it so much I couldn't resist sharing a few pictures with you! I was up in London with my Mum and friend Chantal. We'd been to the National Wedding Show, and decided ...

Eating our way home – my top 10 things to eat in Laos

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It seems funny now, from the cold and snow of Siberia, to think back to our time in Laos. It was only just over a month ago, but it feels like a different world. I know I've said this about a few countries recently, but Laos completely stole my heart, in the few short weeks we were there it quickly became one of my very favourite South East Asian countries. Its a beautifully laid back kind of place. We travelled from the south, starting with the sleepy 4000 islands that dot the Mekong. We stayed ...

Learning to cook Laos {Tamarind Cooking School, Luang Prabang}

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Laos cooking is delicious. Its fresh, clean, and focuses heavily on the use of freshly picked herbs and vegetables. While we were in Laos I visited the Tamarind cooking school, and spent a day having a go at cooking Laos dishes in their beautiful garden setting. The day started with a trip to the local market. Our guide, and tutor for the day, pointed out frequently used herbs, some I'd never seen before, others I'd tasted in dishes but not known what they were. Those sticks, for example, are ...

Eating our way home: Cambodia

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Our second time in Cambodia only stood to reinforce what we thought the last time we visited (which you can read about here, here, and here); We love this country. We love the people, the countryside, the beer. We love the food. Fresh flavours, less aromatic and more hearty than that of their Thai neighbours. We covered a lot of ground in a short time, a grand sweep bringing us in from the Thai border in the North West of the country, right around the southern coast, and out again from the North ...

Eating our way home: Malaysia

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In Malaysia we ate happily and we ate well. 10 days was no where near long enough to sample everything on offer.  I loved the Malay dishes like the coconut cooked rice of Nasi Lamak, and we both enjoyed the heavy influence of Chinese and Indian cuisine. Here are just a few of our eating highlights. Economy Rice in Johor, our first taste of Malaysian cooking. We arrived late into Singapore, and crossed over the border the same night. Arriving at our hostel well past midnight, it wasn't until the ...

Guest Post: The Day-to-Day

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  Paper Planes is one of my favourite travel blogs, written by Alana, an American living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Alana's articles speak truths about expat life that i find myself really relating to. She shares both the really good bits, and the unimagined turmoils of creating a life on the other side of the world. In some of my favourite posts she talks about the unexpected side effects of three years of living abroad, the fear related to going home, and why we should always remember the little ...