Three Chinese Sauces: Sweet & Sour, Plum, and Honey-Hoisin

Sweet and Sour sauce Mix in a pan and bring to a boil: ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup vinegar 1 tsp salt 4 Tbsp. catsup ¾ cup pineapple juice (the juice from the can of pineapple you will use in the stir fry recipe) When boiling, add a little of the following solution until…

Caramelized Sherry Chicken

Caramelized Sherry Chicken   Chop and fry in a little oil 1 scallion 2 pieces ginger, 4 whole chicken legs (cut into two pieces) Pour off the oil.  You can remove the skin if you like.   Mix together and then add to pan: ½ cup sherry, or any of the sweet Chinese wines, like…

Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Blueberry Zucchini Muffins Invented one day in desperation when the second zucchini I had bought to use in the muffins was too old to use (and a little fuzzy). In order to fill out the muffins, I dumped in a can of blueberries minus the water. Here in China there were no blueberries until very…

Black Russian Pumpernickel Bread

If we are in the US for our anniversary, I always make this bread. It was impossible to do that in China, since there was no rye flour available until recently. This bread is fantastic with cherry jam. We ate it on our 10th wedding anniversary in Maine slathered with jam sitting by the ocean….

Apple Cloud Muffins

I can’t remember how the Apple Cloud Muffin recipe manifested.  But in our house they have been a frequent site on the table over the years.  Our Chinese friends love these muffins – perhaps because they are not overwhelmingly sweet, but are moist and fragrant.  Here is the recipe: Apple Cloud Muffins Preheat oven to…

Better Popovers

This is actually an old recipe I found long ago while hunting for popover recipes in a host of cookbooks.  Now M C and J eat them for breakfast on the weekends in Beijing.   I know because I was there several times, and delighted in the hot and steamy popovers with butter and a tiny…

Angel Food Cake with Caramel Icing

Heat oven to 350 degrees Sift and re-sift: 1 cup cake flour 1/2 cup sugar, finely ground Combine and beat until stiff but not dry 1 1/2 cups egg white 2 1/2 Tablespoons cold water 1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar Then add: 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp almond extract 1/2 tsp salt Beat until…