Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pop The Top

How long has it been since you saw one of these?

Just another funny little thing to love about Hong Kong.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hong Kong Symphony

The flat next door is under renovation. Drilling down concrete walls, floors and windows make my head hurt. The noise is constant, starting at 9 am with a lunch break around noon. Then again until until 5. (Daddy Roux knows nothing about it.) A glass of wine helps me to enjoy this symphony though....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Trick Them With ToFu

That's not cheese you're looking at. It's tomato sauce and tofu. The base to my pizza topped with (everything from the fridge that was on the verge of going bad) broccoli, tomatoes, onions, spinach, pineapple and bell pepper.

No meat and no dairy and no one can tell what's missing.

Did know that tofu is high in protein and takes the flavor of whatever it's mixed with? It's true.

Soft vs. Firm:
I used soft for the cheese effect, but firm tofu is great in salads, soups, sandwiches, you name it.

There is flavored tofu too, but that's another post.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

La Creama Wine Dinner

Just in case you're interested and available..... Yumm.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Black Beans and Rice

Creamy like red beans, but so much more zesty. This dish is easy, delicious and vegetarian.

Soak the beans overnight, drain, then cover beans with water. Add a vegetable seasoning cube, one at a time as needed.
Fry some onions and garlic then add to pot. Keep heat low and let simmer, just like red beans. Add salt and pepper as needed. Taste often. Add chopped cilantro (Chinese parsley) to taste and fresh chopped tomatoes right before serving. Serve with rice. I also add a dash of balsamic vinegar to each serving, for a sweet kick.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Staying Hydrated in HK


Fresh Coconut Milk

Apple Juice

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Hong Kong Safe from Tsunami Threat

The tsunami generated by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan did not affect Hong Kong in the least.

We are very thankful to be safe and sound, and our prayers are with Japan.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love if God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dust to Dust

God our Father, you create us from the dust of the earth: grant that these ashes may be for us a sign of our penitence and a symbol of our mortality; for it is by your grace alone that we receive eternal life in Jesus Christ our Saviour.

My husband and I received our ashes this Ash Wednesday at St. John's cathedral on Hong Kong Island.

A Brief History of St John's Cathedral

On the 25th January 1841, as naval officers stepped ashore on a "barren island", Queen Victoria's government could not have foreseen the rapid growth of the settlement, founded in Her Majesty's name, into today's international city on the crossroads of East and West.

It was an era of colonial expansion and the missionary zeal to spread Christianity was running high. Yet six years were to elapse before the foundation stone could be laid for a church for the Colony of Victoria, Hong Kong. The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist is a testament to the dedication and determination of the early residents and its leaders. They had begun to raise funds for a church even before they left Macau to settle in Hong Kong.


In September 1939 the Second World War began. As a British Colony, Hong Kong supported Britain's war effort in Europe while coping with local problems of refugees from China, civilian evacuation and emergency measures.

Japan, an ally during World War One, had emerged as a Far Eastern Power and by 1937, had become embroiled in conflict with China. On the morning of 8th December 1941, the day after their attack on Pearl Harbour, the Japanese attacked Hong Kong.

Despite what must have appeared as a desperate and inevitable situation, on Christmas morning 1941 the Reverend Alaric P. Rose took the morning service in St John's with a congregation of one hundred, whilst shelling continued on the island. That afternoon, the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Mark Young, made the decision to surrender to the Japanese after a hard fought battle, which had lasted for less than three weeks.

The occupation lasted for four years, but the spiritual life of the church was kept alive. In the internment camp for the military personnel at Shamshuipo the chaplains of the armed forces conducted regular services in an ad hoc chapel. The wooden reredos in St Michael's chapel is a memento of these times. The nationals of countries at war with Japan were interned on the Stanley peninsula, including the grounds of St. Stephen's College. A group of clergy maintained a programme of united and international services of worship and Holy Communion was celebrated every Sunday.


On the 9th September 1945, the first service after the arrival of the Royal Navy was held in the Cathedral. For many years afterwards the Sunday nearest to the 28th August was celebrated as Liberation Sunday, commemorating these events. Shortly afterwards Bishop R.O. Hall returned to Hong Kong from West China. Alaric Rose (who with his wife, Mary, had spent the previous four years in the Stanley Internment Camp), was appointed Dean. Together the Bishop and the Dean immediately set about making plans to restore the Cathedral and rebuild the congregation.

In the early days, St John's Cathedral was the spiritual centre of a vast area which included China and Japan. The matter of educating and training young men to serve this diocese as well as ensuring the spiritual well being of Victoria residents was high among diocesan priorities. When the Diocese of Victoria was twenty three years old, a new diocese for North China was created and in subsequent years, further divisions occurred. The Diocese of Hong Kong, as it is today, dates from 1951.

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Location:Marina Ave,,Hong Kong

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The best way to end Mardi Gras?

With a box of Popeyes....

This was a facebook post of my friend, Caroline today. I agree. Cold, hot, fresh, or a day old, Popeyes is a Mardi Gras must have.

I hate missing Mardi Gras. The food, the fun, the family, I really can't stand to miss it! It kills me.

In Hong Kong, we had an Indian Curry for dinner and I saw the Kings Speech in the afternoon with a friend. Great day in normal circumstances...but boring compared to Mardi Gras.

Next year, I will prepare better to ease the homesick feeling, food, beads, decorations, drinks, we will go all out.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Missing Mardi Gras

Missing being home this time of year, but so glad we were home for Mardi Gras last year! Here is a flashback...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Martine Emdur

Recently I popped in the Cat Street Gallery in Central and floated away as I was embraced by Martine Emdur's first solo show in HK. The huge canvases were all beautiful images of light and the human body submerged in deep blue water, all just breathtaking. They were all sold out, hopefully I can add one of these to my collection in the future. Love it.

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