Sunday, 30 June 2013

Pork and Seaweed Dumplings

Pork and seaweed gyoza (Japanese dumplings


I make no secret of how much I love gyoza.  I made my first batch of gyoza last year and have never looked back.  They are so easy to make and you can make them with so many different fillings.  I've only ever really used pork with garlic, cabbage, spring onions and ginger but after my recent trip to a couple of Asian food stores in Exeter I thought that I'd branch out and try them with seaweed.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Asian Supermarkets - Food Heaven!


I spent 4 days this week in Exeter visiting my grandad which is alway a pleasure - a drive down to Sidmouth to enjoy the sea air, a wander around the city centre and a visit to the cathedral.  This visit was even better though because I found not one but TWO Asian supermarkets.

Now this might not be anything special to a lot of people if they have something like this near them but my closest Asian supermarket is in London and I am not a fan of driving around cities so have never been.  I felt like I had walked into some sort of cave full of treasure - it's a bit ridiculous just how excited I was!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

NY Style Bagels




There are times when shop bought bagels are ok and there are times when they just don't cut the mustard.  My sister sent me a picture of her homemade bagels early in the week and the craving for fresh bagels started getting out of hand by the weekend so today's the day to make my own!

As I spent 10 years in the States I've had some pretty good bagels - shiny and chewy on the outside, soft on the inside.  You can toast them, make sandwiches with them, have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner...the possibilities are endless!  The flavours are pretty endless too although I am an "everything" bagel girl all the way.  Unfortunately my local supermarkets seemed to be working against me and didn't have the onion, garlic or poppy seeds that I needed so have settled for plain.

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