We teach English to University students by day (and sometimes by night) - and the rest of the time, we basically plan what to make for lunch and dinner, cook and eat. And sometimes we do yoga too.
We enjoy teaching. And we mostly enjoy teaching Chinese students.
Morning Tea (Dim sum)
We live in a region where most people speak Cantonese, which is a Chinese dialect. In this area, Dim sum is a favourite among the people to enjoy in the mornings, while reading the newspaper. The small bite-sized food is traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. The selection is usually great, from chicken feet to steamed pork buns. Tea is also served, so perhaps that is where the name comes from?
We live far from supermarkets with large selections of packed meat products and so we have learned to eat more vegetable dishes. Another reason is because red meat is more expensive here than what we are used to. And Chinese people eat lots of pork. We only buy beef on special occations, like for our Christmas meal. We eat mostly chicken and tuna (in seperate dishes).
Some of our friends taught us how to make Chinese dumplings (jiaozi in Mandarin). Most people buy the dumpling pockets ready-made from the supermarket but a sweet Chinese friend of ours (we met in South Korea) invited us to her home and taught us how to make it from scratch. That is always best and it is fun to do it together. We made fried and boiled dumplings.
Green tea , oolong tea, black tea, jasmine tea, ginger and honey tea, tea made with flowers I have never seen before. The list goes on. We are still faithful coffee-drinkers, but we have also come to love different kinds of teas. But our favourite cup of tea is still our Proudly South African 'Rooibos' tea, espcially the days when home feels far away.
Some food products are harder to find than others in China. And sometimes that which you can find, is not what you expected. As a result, we have been making more of our own 'basic' foods. Basic meaning something that I would never have attempted to make if I was still living in my home country.
Bread & Mayonnaise