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Chinese Cooking and cooking, kids style

One of the ECA’s (Extra Curricular Activity) that Isabelle is doing at school is Chinese Cooking (the other is Arts and Crafts).  One of her first classes was making Chinese dumplings and they were delicious.  She has also made vegetable fried rice, sticky chicken wings and sticky red bean dumplings.  We have all liked everything so far, except for the red bean dumplings.

Last weekend our Ayi, Angela, was babysitting.  (Owen was in the UK collecting his medication and I was going to a 40th birthday party.)  I came downstairs from getting ready to find Angela and Isabelle hard at work making more delicious dumplings.  Angela was showing Isabelle different ways of filling and making them.  Oliver and I were lucky enough to taste them for lunch on Sunday!  There are a couple of different ways to cook them – you can either steam them or fry them.  I like them fried best and so that is how we ate them.  Surprisingly, even when frying you use at least 1 cup of water to steam them at the same time.  When I read the instructions, I thought that something must have been translated wrong, but as you can see from the photo, they looked (and tasted) perfect!

Isabelle's yummy dumplings!

Isabelle’s yummy dumplings!

On Thursday October 18th, Oliver had a school trip to a Pizza place.  They were learning about cooking too, so all the children got to make their own pizza’s and bring them home for dinner.  Oliver had used many different toppings which were all artfully arranged.  It was delicious too!

That evening, he also wanted to help with dinner.  He put his pizza apron and hat on so he could help Daddy:

Carefully pour the milk in.

Carefully pour the milk in.

Stir well (closely supervised by Daddy!)

Stir well (closely supervised by Daddy!)

Ta-dah!

Ta-dah!

Last week, Isabelle’s Literacy homework was a practical task to prove that she could follow instructions.  She had to pick a recipe or craft activity, make it and take it into school.  She choose to make Marshmallows following Owen’s trusted (secret) recipe!  She has previously successfully made them and shared with her school friends in the UK.  She followed the instructions to the letter and they turned out beautifully:

Marshmallow Queen

Marshmallow Queen

Not to be outdone by his own daughter, Owen had booked a Chinese dumpling cooking class to learn how to make them too.  Yesterday was lesson day!  He went with 1 of the Dad’s and 2 of the Mum’s – he said that the guys performed way better than the girls!  They all had a fun time too.  Even though we are yet to taste them, they look very professional:

Owen's beautifully created dumplings.

Owen’s beautifully created dumplings.

They look so professional

They look so professional

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20th Wedding Anniversary – night out at Mr & Mrs Bund

June 6th was Owen and I’s 20th Wedding Anniversary.  Quite a shock as I don’t feel old enough to be married that long!  What a ride it has been – lots of adventures, memories, travel, laughs, ups (many), downs (just a few) and all of it shared with a wonderful man.  We have 2 fabulous children that are the light of my life and the continuing best accomplishment of our marriage and my life.

Friday night was our official celebration.  It was also our first out without the kids since we arrived in China.  We have found a great babysitter so the kids were left in safe hands.  We went to Mr & Mrs Bund in downtown Shanghai.  The restaurant overlooks the fantastic skyline which is brilliantly lit up at night.  It reminded us both of 2 Urban Licks in Atlanta, very open, open kitchen and similar vibe.  They make a big deal out of you making the most of their menu, your way, so that is exactly what we did.  Owen started the evening off with a cocktail – an unusual margarita which was delicious.  We shared seared scallops with ginger and lime, and a huge tiger shrimp served in a glass jar with citrus.  The scallops were quite exquisite – a perfect combination of flavours.  The shrimp’s presentation was very original and the infusion of the citrus peel and juices made this dish.   Following this, Owen and I shared a huge Wagyu Ribeye Steak which was FANTASTIC.  I have never eaten steak that literally melts in your mouth.  We chose dauphanoise potatoes that were so finely sliced and mixed with brie and proscuitto – wonderful.  Steamed garlic spinach and a herb salad completed this course.

Wagyu Ribeye Steak - fantastic!

Wagyu Ribeye Steak – fantastic!

The menu was so impressive, we were spoilt for choice.  I felt full after finishing the steak, but was determined to have dessert!  Owen choose Tart Tatin and I had their signature Lemon and Lemon.  This is a time consuming dish to prepare as the lemon is cooked whole in sugar for 3 days.  It is then scooped out and filled with lemon sorbet, lemon curd and vanilla chantilly cream.  I was not sure about my choice when I was presented with a whole lemon on the plate, but once I had cut into the lemon and taken my first bite, I had to resist the urge to stuff the whole thing in my mouth!!

Lemon Dessert

Lemon Dessert

Inside the Lemon & Lemon Dessert

Inside the Lemon & Lemon Dessert

To say it was a 5 Star meal is under-rating our experience.  It was all super yummy!  The service was great and it was an all round wonderful night out.  Even the toilets had candelabra in them!  I loved the fact that kitchen was open and you could see all the chefs busily preparing the delicious food.

Fancy Toilets!  Love the Candelabra!

Fancy Toilets! Love the Candelabra!

Mr & Mrs Bund's open kitchen and very busy.....

Mr & Mrs Bund’s open kitchen and very busy…..

After dinner, Owen and I walked along the river front and admired the lights – at least until 11.00pm when they were all switched off!  We passed a British shaped postbox painted green, obviously a hang-over from British days in the early 20th century:

Almost like home!

Almost like home!

The Bund is the corner turn of the Huangpu River in Shanghai.  One side is the modern skyscraper buildings and the heart of the Financial district.  The other side (where we ate) is the older European influenced district with many original buildings in an old British colonial style.  There is even a mini replica of Big Ben!

Beautifully lit up (at least until 11pm)

Beautifully lit up (at least until 11pm)

The skyline is obscured in this photo due to the smog!  You cannot see the tallest building – the Bottle Opener, because of the pollution.  It has been especially humid in the last few days, so I do not think we will be seeing clear skies for a while.

A smog covered skyline.

A smog covered skyline.