Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tom Yum Soup Cashews

I had a version of these nuts at a friends barbecue recently, spicy sweet cashews with hints of lemongrass and tangy crispy Kaffir lime leaf pieces. I thought she had made the cashews but when I asked for the recipe but it turned out she had bought them on a recent trip to Thailand. I googled to see if I could find a recipes but didn't come across many except one using a store bought tom yum soup paste and the only tom yum soup paste I could find was full of msg.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

How to: Peel a prawn

How to peel a prawn a continuation to my guide on preparation of food items from the Hong Kong wet markets. Making a seafood dish? Check out the post from last week on how to prepare a squid!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip on the chopcookdine stripe tea towel available soon on Etsy!
I decided to make red pepper dip last night, so I started roasting the veggies. Then I came home this afternoon and noticed something in the oven....

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

How to: Clean A Squid

Many seafood and foods you buy in the wet markets in Hong Kong are not prepared and you need to prepare them for cooking yourself. Many foods I know how to prepare and many I don't have a clue how to prepare so I wanted to start to make a guide to cutting, chopping and preparing foods from the Asian wet markets. Hope you enjoy the posts in the coming weeks.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Chopcookdine Online Shop Launched On Etsy

Peony Black Long Half Apron
I have just launched my online store on Etsy selling aprons, tea cozies, hot pads, and more. This has been on the back of my mind for a few years and about 5 months ago I woke up and said to myself you need to stop talking about this and design some kitchenware! So I sat down and designed a bunch of aprons, tea cozies, hot pads, oven mitts and tea towels. After quite a few trials and samples I went ahead with 5 styles and sewed 52 items to start my shop!

For my first Chopcookdine collection I chose a traditional Hong Kong style fabric printed with peonies and phoenix's in a range of bright colours. I have paid special attention to the designs so that the aprons are easily adjusted and can fit a large range of sizes and to make sure that my hot pads are thick enough so you don't burn your hands.  I am still working on an oven glove design; I am on my third prototype. The oven glove fits like a... like a glove(!) so now it's time for testing ie picking up hot stuff and washing it.

Living in Hong Kong I have the option to go to China and get them made; but before I venture there I want to make sure that I can sell the items I made and see what styles work best. I also want to make sure that people fall in love with the designs and know the inside out so that when I eventually pass them to a supplier I can explain exactly what I want.

To order email me at sales@chopcookdine.com or check out my Etsy store.

Peony Blue Long Top Pocket Apron

Peony Pink Short Top Pocket Apron

Peony Black Short Half Apron

Peony Blue Short Half Apron

Peony Blue Adjustable Wrap Apron

Peony Blue/Pink Tea Cozy

Peony Dark Blue/Light Blue Pot Holder

Peony Pink/Dark Blue Pot Holder

Peony Black/Pink Tortilla Warmer

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Pineapple Pulled Pork

I have wanted to try and make pulled pork for awhile so went to a frozen meat store in Causeway Bay and asked for pork butt and was informed that I needed to by the whole frozen thing. Hoping there was enough room in my freezer I got them to saw it into 6 large pieces.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Parsnip Soup (Grossmummy's curried parsnip soup :)

My stomach has been quite sore recently and besides cutting out quite a few foods for awhile and taking some natural remedies my natural health doctor has suggested that I eat more soup!