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Rob D

Rob D
Home Town: Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Living In: Beijing, Beijing (Municipality) , China
Member Since: Mar. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Great Wall Of China
About this Cook
Canadian expat teacher in China, living in Beijing and soaking up the culture.
My favorite things to cook
I love Italian food to cook, but as I learn more about Chinese food, I'm starting to lean towards fusion food, such as playing around with jiaozi using pyrogie or ravioli fillings. I'm also learning more about baking because Chinese have different tastes in bread (more like cake) and pastries than we do in the West.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I remember making meatpies and baking powder biscuits with my stepmother - these often became all day marathon cooking as everyone loved her meatpie and she would make a dozen of them to eat, freeze and give away. Making wonton soup and Swedish meatballs was also a family affair, as was the usual Christmas baking. More recently, I try to have a Christmas dinner for my friends each year - I'll do up a turkey with all the trimmings, and even managed to do it in China last year. This has been a tradition for me for nearly 7 years now.
My cooking triumphs
While studying for my MA at York in the UK, I was asked by my flatmate if I'd be willing to cook a Christmas dinner for students not going home over Christmas (like myself). He told me that it would be for about 10-15 people, and the school would cover the cost. I agreed, and we posted a message to all Grad Students about the dinner. What was supposed to be 15 wound up being 65 - far more than I ever imagined, and some with dietary requirements (vegetarian, halal). I didn't have a proper chef's kitchen either, just the kitchens in the dorms. With the help of about 6 friends, and the use of four kitchens, I not only pulled it off, but made a lot of people happy over a time usually spent with family. :-D
My cooking tragedies
The first time I ever made spaghetti - not hard to make it, but you could have chewed it like gum!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Best Lemonade Ever
I live in Beijing, China as an expat teacher, and it's nice to get a familiar taste - many Chinese believe lemonade is this thing called Sprite. *sigh* One change I made though is that I cut the sugar down as another user suggested to 1.5C and, to cut down on work and lemons, I quartered and peeled 4 medium lemons, tossed them in the blender with a cup of water; I wound up with two cups of "lemon juice" which were perfect when mixed with the rest of the ingredients. I also added lemon zest from two of the lemons to the syrup for extra lemon flavour. Absolutely incredible and refreshing!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 15, 2012
The Best Thai Coconut Soup
Simply awesome. Easy to make, great flavours, and surprisingly refreshing for a hot/mildly spicy soup - even in the summer this is a great dish!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 18, 2011
Peanut Butter Cookies IV
I gave this a shot, but found that the cookies were too sweet, and that was without the white sugar for decoration. I did add flour to the recipe as well - some people suggested anywhere from 1/4c to 1/2c - I went with 1/4. It made the mix somewhat easier to work with. I think this recipe could work with more modification, IMO.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 18, 2011
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