New Year’s Rice Cakes

The best way to ring in the New Year, in my opinion, is with some rice cakes. For my people–the Hmong–rice cakes, or ncuav, signify a good harvest. It means everyone has labored well for the year, so we take a break from our hard work and celebrate the coming of the new year–with family,…

Christmas Fruit Cake

I admit that Christmas Fruit Cake, or Christmas Pudding as they call it in the United Kingdom, is an acquired taste. It’s a dessert I only discovered 10 years ago. To this day, no one in my family eats it with me, and my husband only had his first bite the other day. The origins…

Fish and Chips

One advice I give myself is to not watch cooking shows at night, and yet I do. This causes me to crave that particular food I’m watching. For instance, the other night I decided to watch Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets and instantly wanted a slice of French silk pie; last night while watching Testing the…

Chinese Green Onion Pancakes

Green Onion Pancakes, or congyoubing in Chinese (蔥油餅), are a traditional snack that can still be found on the streets of China today. Made from flour, green onions (scallions) and water, these layered, crispy, thin pancakes are quick and easy to make–though greasy–and make a great breakfast or snack food. As someone who enjoys cooking…

Chocolate Pudding Pies

Hostess’ Chocolate Pudding Pies were one of my favorite childhood desserts–or more like snacks. I grew up as a 90s kid–during the times of slip dresses, plaid skirts, plucked eyebrows, lip-liners, and tendrils. Not mention windbreakers, spaghetti straps, hip-hugging flares, platforms, scrunchies and marble hair ties. (See more here) The fashion of the 90s is something…

Potato Stew from the Early 20th Century

Brrr it’s getting cold out! Which means this is the perfect time to make a soup or stew. Last winter, when I decided to start my video-making journey, I filmed a how-to-cook-potato-stew video. And I had forgotten all about it! Thankfully I had the footages saved onto my laptop. Why not share it now?! For…

1940’s Chocolate Cake

During the Second World War, British food supply was cut short by the Germans, who attacked many ships supplying food to Great Britain. Rationing was then introduced by the Ministry of Food to ensure everyone could still have access to the limited food supply; however, each person was given the same amount. Rationing was also…

70’s Fried Chicken

When I hear “fried chicken”, I immediately think of Colonel Harland Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise. However, the Colonel is not the creator of fried chicken. The history of deep frying chicken in lard is older than the Colonel. If we go back in history to the times of knights in shining…