The Language Chef August 27, 2015 Blog, Vegetables

You simply MUST eat your Sponge!

Tonight had Chinese food and my friend from Taiwan wanted to eat – Luffa!  yes!  just like the sponge!  Luffa or Loofah is an Egyptian Arabic word that describes a ...

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The Language Chef August 22, 2015 Blog, Fish, Japanese

The Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl – and my fav – the Sushi Bowl

You always hear about sushi and sashimi and California rolls, but my hands-down favorite Japanese fish experience is ‘Chirashi’.  I guess it must have been invented ...

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The Language Chef August 20, 2015 Blog, French

Tongue anyone? Heck – the French love it :)

So I got a funny story.   Once in France I went into a Butcher Shop.  I saw this sign on one of the items that translated as ‘language’ or ‘langue’ in ...

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The Language Chef August 19, 2015 Blog, Chinese Cusisine

Yang Joe Chow Fan

Yang Joe Chow Fan is not really written like that but how do you pronounce a ZH?  Mainland Chinese use Pin Yin and would have written it as ‘Yang Zhou Chao Fan’ or in ...

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The Language Chef August 16, 2015 Blog, Dessert

My, are we eating European cookies???

Last night we had Pepperidge Farm cookies for dessert.  Milanos to be exact – and I thought who comes up with these names?   Apparently, they are cookies for adults hence ...

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The Language Chef August 14, 2015 Blog, Latin America

Hey Lucy I’m HOME!

Despite everything, i’m psyched that the US embassy opened up in Havana today.   It’s a good move and I’m  sure Ricky Ricardo would be screaming ...

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The Language Chef August 13, 2015 Blog, Spirits

Not by the hair of my ‘ginny gin gin!’

The smell of gin makes me crazy!  I love it as I smell the strong juniper smell but hate it for its effects on my brain!  (Bad college experience).   But alas, Gin’s ...

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The Language Chef August 11, 2015 Blog, Vegetables

Quash Squash Quash Squash

I’m such a word nerd, and find it funny/cool that the word ‘squash’ as in the veggie, and ‘squash’ as in ‘crushing something’ have ...

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The Language Chef August 10, 2015 Blog, Chinese Cusisine, Fish

Fish Fragrant?

The Chinese have a great dish called ‘Yu Xiang’ (yu hsiang) which literally means ‘Fish Fragrant’ 鱼香。  It’s originally from Szechuan and is ...

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The Language Chef August 9, 2015 Blog, Dessert, English Food

Banoffee or Banoffi?

I was going to write about cream pies in general but happened upon this pie.  I’ve never heard of it but it seems to be well-known in the UK.  Banoffee or Banoffi is a ...

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