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Spirit House Chrissie Chalet.

We fossicked this green & red bamboo spirit house from the local Battambang market. Amazingly, both its design and colors are perfect for Christmas.  Indeed, it looks more Western than Asian, what with its tall gables and Germanic-style marquetry decorations.  So we’ve festooned it ecumenically for the holidays, with tiny vintage Santas (a legacy of  my mother Joni Y); topped […]

Winter classic: boiled chicken & dumplings

Last night was so cold, we reverted back to a winter classic: boiled chicken & dumplings. Mix together 1 cup/135 g self-raising flour, a generous pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper, plus optionally,  a spoonful of  grated hard cheese like a parmesan or manchego.  In a separate bowl,  beat 2 eggs  with  1/4 cup/60 […]