on this wet Friday

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Not good to garden in this perpetual wet but have to pick daily greens and rescue tomatoes, and because so wet, dug up remaining potatoes – beet leaves and chard leaves always welcome as vegetable prices in the market high just now. First growing season of Dinosaur Kale, looking good. Luckily had a few days of sun about a week ago and lime tree flowers successfully pollinated it appears.

 

Winter Solstice December 22, 2015

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gift from Linda, quite precious

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orchid certainly brightens up the entrance

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lost the name of this young tree

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our shadding Flame tree in Winter dress

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From the roof, view one

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On this day of the Winter Solstice (December 22, 2015) I took a walk around the garden to see if there was anything colourful to photograph, not expecting a lot or much of anything; but what a pleasant surprise.

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long flowering orchid

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Chrysanthemum

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Papaya

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Nasturtium – mam really liked this flower

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Neighbour calls this Singapo

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early tomatoe

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Another Glory Bower

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new leaf of lettuce

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Malunggay

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Glory Bower

cooler season now in play – time to plant seedlings

We prepared available patches

prepared patch

prepared patch

papaya patch

one in shadier area

papaya patch

Papaya patch

Stevia grew well but we will move it to a pot

Stevia

Stevia

The white in morning red in evening tree flourished

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Malungguy continues to sell to neighbours

alungguy or Moringa

Malungguy or Moringa

Harriet’s leaving pot with parsley

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parsley

Rescued tank from Karen’s Fish’n Chip shop renovations

water catchement

water catchement

which water overflow runs into here…

pond weed

pond weed

First season to get limes

lime tree

lime tree

Taiwanese Meal @ HOME

Written by Edith

Photos by Barry & Josephine

 

What do you think about Taiwanese cuisine ?

Some foreigners may think that Taiwanese cuisine is something like Din Tai Fung only.  In Hong Kong, it is really difficult to try good Taiwanese cuisine.

I am not Taiwanese but I love Taiwan so much.  I even went to Taichung to learn cooking from a chef in a famous resturant for 10 days in last year.  Here are the dishes I made for our neighbourhood to share:

Taiwanese cuisine is ready now

Taiwanese cuisine is ready now

 

Soup

(I made our HK style soup instead of Taiwanese one, because our HK style soup is really something!)

Soup is made of local hairy cucumber, Xiyangshen/ american ginseng, whelk & pork

Soup is made of local hairy cucumber, Xiyangshen/ american ginseng, whelk & pork

 

Starters

Salty Duck - cold dish

Salty Duck – cold dish

Stir fry Taiwanese mushrooms & Burdock

Stir fry Taiwanese mushrooms & Burdock

3-eggs Cold dish made of Free range eggs, salted eggs and Chinese thousand-yr eggs

3-eggs Cold dish made of Free range eggs, salted eggs and Chinese thousand-yr eggs

 

Main course

Braised Chicken with Red Yeast Rice Source

Braised Chicken with Red Yeast Rice Source

Mushroom rouzao (pork)

Mushroom rouzao (pork)

Fish cooked in Taiwan indigenous spices - makao.  It is Atayal people's original spices and planted in high mountain

Fish cooked in Taiwan indigenous spices – makao. It is Atayal people’s original spices and planted in high mountain

Stir fry local beans with duck oil

Stir fry local beans with duck oil

One of the neighbours, who has been Taiwan before and she commented that night:  Phenomenal food.

Good wine with good food.  Cheers!

Good wine with good food. Cheers!

 

We skipped Taiwanese dessert because we were so full.

 

If you would like to learn how to cook these dishes or anything we posted on this blog, please feel free to contact us.  We can arrange private session for you and your friends.

 

If you can read Chinese, please also visit my personal blog that I have much more to share, like where to buy the ingredients:

My Kitchen Rules 我的廚房我話事

http://muiwoedith.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/my-kitchen-rules/

 

April 2014 Notes 2 – Chinese Fennel & Pork dumplings

by Edith

 

As Mila & Tony love our Chinese Fennel & Pork dumplings, Mila planned to plant a lot Fennels in Winter 2013/2014.

Finally, the Fennel is ready to cook.

Finally, the Fennel is ready to cook.

 

We made wonderful Fennel & Pork dumplings last night, 15 Apr 2014.

Fresh port chopped, mixed with fresh harvested fennel.

Fresh port chopped, mixed with fresh harvested fennel.

Mila loves long steaming dumpling shape; I love traditional Ingot dumpling shape that good fortune is coming.

Mila loves long steaming dumpling shape; I love traditional Ingot dumpling shape that good fortune is coming.

 

In HK, Cantanese style dumplings are served in soup; in Northern-China, cooked dumplings are served with special dipping source.

Dumplings are cooked in hot water.

Dumplings are cooked in hot water.

Cooked dumplings are served with dipping source, it is made of sesame oil, vinegar, garlic...; we even made our own chili source.

Cooked dumplings are served with dipping source, it is made of sesame oil, vinegar, garlic…; we even made our own chili source.

 

Anyone want to order this fantastic freshly made Chinese dumplings from us… if we sell ?🙂

 

April 2014 notes

Fennel is fine this year, last year the stems would not broaden…

Fennel

Fennel

 

Mint came through strong also, despite leaving it in the same patch, though it was dug up and replanted.

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The compost in the banana circle is plentiful
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Chiso popping up everywhere
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a lone day lilly popped up, couldn’t wait it seems

grow-everywhereit’s in many quietly hidden pots that have remained damp over the dry spells

 


Indian b Indian Borage spreading its powerful leaves.


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Forgot the above name but the leaves are edible

 

the Yorkshire Puddings arriveyorkshire-puds-arrive

 

 

last supper with Barry

formal sitting at Barry’s Last Supper

 

lesser

Mila calls these Yellow Bell

lettuce

 

lilies

Lillies

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Mallungay starting to come through

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Mila potting orchids

 

Us with me in my favourite motto t-shirt
my-motto

 

pandan

 

Pandan under banana


potatoes for dinner tonight

picked on day of Barry’s Last Supper

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The trendy millet – came from Taiwan, via Edith

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Water Hyacinth

white wormwood

English (Geordie) breakfast with Mui Wo pals

Hi each and everyone,

A couple of weeks ago we had an English breakfast occasion in the garden and it was really fine, the human climate and the weather – being the best time of year for Hong Kong weather.

Tony was at the stove dishing it up but took a break to record the moment.

 

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The bare poles tell that the passion fruit that was all blown down by summer storms has yet to grow to its previous fruitful stature.

To see my (Tony)  Sunday Special personal breakfast – when Mila’s serving it up at her workplace… see below:

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In the garden the Asparagus Pea that produced so well are finished for the season while the Tomatillo continue producing sporadically, pictured below.

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Daughter Aiko and pal John caught a nice Talapia over in the ponds where various construction projects are planned, hopefully with some environmental considerations and keeping that valuable water margin, so well used by migrant birds and residents. The fish fried very nicely…

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Speaking of fish, neighbour Simeon (and Gail – pictured on left at breakfast) has an aquaculture project in full swing so here’s a couple of pics of that operation:

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Happy gardening and happy breakfasting…

 

 

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