Hot Pot home style

9 Jan

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In China, some things are so delicious when you go to the restuarant, that sometimes you want to try it at home. Usually this either ends in disaster or at least not as delicious as you thought. I am happy to say, Home made Hot pot is just as good (if not better) than store bought. here is our ingredients. p.s This is just a sample, you can use practically anything!
1. 山药 Chinese Yam
2.地瓜 Sweet potato
3.粉丝 glass noodles
4.白菜 cabbage
5. Hot pot seasoning packet (contains oil and stock)
6.剃肉 shaved meat (frozen)
7. 花生酱 peanut sauce (essentially oily peanut butter)
8.野山椒 little green peppers (sweet and hot!)
9.辣椒酱 spice paste
10. Assorted frozen meatballs/ tofu bites
11.腐竹 tofu skin
12. 金菇 Enoki mushroom
13. 菠菜 spinach leaves
14. Pot with water, two slices of ginger, a crushed clove of garlic and a small handful of goji berries.  All Resting on an electric induction cooker.

I would love to be able to replicate this in Australia but i think there may be one too many specialist materials ( like peanut sauce, and the induction cooker particularly)
Anyway, its all delicious, and healthy too!

 

Under pressure

4 Jan

Feeling some pressure at the moment to get  a bit of money under my belt. If i plan to come back to Australia next year for a visit, and have a wedding, and have a new house i need to have a fair amount of money put aside before July. Currently I am thinking I will need to take an extra 8 students during the week to compensate. Each student at about 100元 per hour. which would mean i am earning an extra 1000元 per week ( this includes my current students which totals 300元). Currently the only free time that I have is Sundays. Which is also the only day my husband has free, ( our hang out day.) Is it worth sacrificing 6-7 months of personal time with my new husband for extra cash? I have set myself the goal of 60,000元 in 5 months. I already have 20,000 which takes a little pressure off, but as they say, Every drop counts 🙂

Wish me luck!

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Christmas dinner

27 Dec

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner with some cool dudes in China. Lots of fun and frivolities! yay!

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Snow days!

22 Dec

Snow days!

On my way in to town i saw a few snowmen by the side of the road! loving the snow, but its really dangerous to ride the electric bike in the streets now! White Christmas YAY!

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We got it!

20 Dec

We got it!

Found ourselves a garauntor for the house. Thank to Huaiqians friend. Waiting for the bank guys to approve him, and it will be mortgage city! Here is a photo of us from the bank…and our (mine) happy faces!

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signing your name in China

12 Dec

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When you sign your name in China, you need to stamp your signature with with your finger print. Today we opened our mortgage account so our fingers are now stained red 🙂

Paleo?

5 Dec

Ok so i know its a “Diet” and everything, but i thought about giving it a try. I am completely addicted to bread- and i think its what has been causing me problems, in particular trying to lose these last bits of fat ( I heard bread is the main contributor to excess belly fat, which is precisly what i want to get rid of..) Paleo is basically a high fibre ( from plenty of veg) and high protein diet which is far less restrictive than others, just need to stay away from starchy foods ( potatoes) limit dairy, and cut out bread (actually wheat breads nut breads seem to be ok, in moderation)

Here is my first attempt at Paleo dinner: pan fried chicken breast served on a bed of cauliflower mash and a side of hot home made tomato chutney/salsa! Let me tell you, it was freakin’ delicious!

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Also i took a small joy/ power trip in wearing my husbands gloves for about ten seconds. hehehe

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