My Most Chinese Day So Far

Today has been my second favourite day in Shanghai, only to our three year ‘meet-a-versary’ on the 26 of May. I spent my morning at the Chinese Cooking Workshop near Hengshan Road, and had an absolutely wonderful time. I learned, in meditative silence due to the language barrier with the friendly and helpful ayi (auntie),…

Better (?) With Bacon

This is another instalment of the Summer Cocktail School 2014. I’m working and writing a dissertation, but I find myself with a lot of afternoon time on my hands these days. In the interests of expanding my knowledge of the world and gaining skills I didn’t have before, I’m making a cocktail or two each…

Cocktail School Summer 2014

This summer, despite having a dissertation to write and finish I will likely have a lot of time on my hands. So I’m making a leap into the next part of gastronomy that I don’t have much experience with: cocktails. I now work in a bar, and every time a customer asks me about cocktails…

Learning to Make

I want to be a maker. I want to learn to use my hands to make things of worth and use. I want to make beautiful things. Things that I am proud to call my own. I picked up crochet again as I felt powerless to change my circumstances and those of my students in…

One Sunday Morning I Woke Up Speaking French

It’s best to┬álisten to this song while you browse this post. I feel as though I’ve walked through some crazy portal to an earthly paradise. Life is melting into some lovely second fall beauty like the camembert we roasted in tin foil over the fire. Sarah forgot to remove the plastic and at first we…