Hong Kong style Coconut Tarts

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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 ...

Hidden Hong Kong : Kayaking in Sai Kung

Welcome to the first in my new little series, Hidden Hong Kong. For those of you who are just here for the cake, don't worry, this isn't replacing the chocolate!  It's just a little addition, exploring the less well known parts of the place I call home, showing you places you never knew were there. What better place to start with a series about hidden things than with a surprise birthday trip? A couple of weekends ago Andy told me we were heading out for the day as part of my birthday present. ...

Hong Kong’s Dragon Boat Festival

 I mentioned yesterday that Monday was a public holiday here for the Dragon Boat festival. We had a great day, eating, drink and soaking up the sun, while other people sweated it out on the water for coveted racing cups. The Dragon Boat festival is a spring festival held across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. It always occurs on the 5th day, of the 5th month of the lunar year, so the actual date will bounce around a little in the year depending on when Chinese New Year falls. There are ...

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 ...

Crumpets

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Oh what a week its been, sadly not a good one. We're still waiting for the electricity to be fixed (I know, I know I keep going on about this but its driving me mad!) so all the floors and walls are wet. Without being able to turn in the air conditioning on, the floor is permanently damp. We mop it dry, and minutes later the humidity settles again and we're slipping around again. To make things worse, I've come down with a nasty virus this week, and spent most of it lying on the sofa, everything ...

Dark Chocolate, Ginger and Pistachio Tiffin

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Remember I told you that our power went out last Thursday? Well, we're still living off that somewhat worrying emergency wiring situation. The thing that needs fixing (I don't know anything about wiring so i can't tell you what exactly it is...) is outside, and we can't get anyone to fix it until the rain stops. At the moment, the rain really isn't stopping. We can't turn on the air-conditioning for fear of overloading the system and, more devastatingly, we can't use the oven. All the recipes ...

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 ...

Going Native: Teepees on Lantau Island

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When you think of Hong Kong, what do you see? Sky scrapers? Buildings? Bee hive like apartment buildings, warrens of walkways overflowing with a  constant rush of people? You're probably not thinking of beautiful long white beaches. I'd suggest you're defiantly not thinking of a great camping destination, and I'd place money on the fact you've never considered a teepee as potential Hong Kong accommodation. Hong Kong, however, can really surprise you. Just when you think you know Hong Kong, it ...

Lemon, Raspberry and Mascarpone Cupcakes

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Last week Rooby, one of my oldest friends, came out to visit. In direct contrast to this week's rain and gloom, Hong Kong treated us to a wonderful blue sky week. I had a brilliant time showing Rooby my city, being a tourist again, remembering why I love this place so much. We went up The Peak, rode the star ferry, drank Tsing Tao at the highest bar in the world, and we ate, and ate, and ate. One of my favourite nights, however, was a night we just stayed in. It's so good to just do normal ...

Spilt Pea and Bacon Soup

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We've been having a spot of bad weather in Hong Kong. When I say bad, I mean terrible. Sunday night we saw rain so heavy, and hail stones so big, that a shopping centre roof completely collapsed. The water coming through cascaded in torrents down the staircases and escalators. The videos are scary to watch, if you saw them in an apocalyptic movie they wouldn't look out of place. The skies are rolling with thunder pretty much non stop, and if the downpours we're experiencing are the originally ...