Eat According to the Season: Crepes with Fresh Figs and Pears

I really love autumn. As the weather is starting to cool off, we get to spend more time in the kitchen, making slow cooked stews, braising meats and baking delicious warming desserts. From beautiful figs and juicy pears to dark leafy greens to sweet root vegetables and squashes, who could resist these seasonal goodies? Everyone should make the most of what they can find at the markets this autumn and cook up the best dishes that this season has to offer.

Here’s my recipe using two of my favourite autumn fruits: figs and pears. Hope you guys will like it!

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What is Saffron and What Can I Use It For?

Saffron is one of the world’s most delicate and expensive spices. The reason why saffron is so expensive is because this spice is the stamen from the flower Crocus sativus, which only bloom for one week of the year. Each flower produces about 3 – 4 stamen (i.e saffron), which must be picked by hand and then dried. An estimated of around 150 flowers and many hours of labour are needed to produce one gram of saffron!

 

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Photo taken from Carmencita, Spain, production facilities. Every gram of saffron are still handpicked and weighted before bottling.

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Grilled Chicken & Asparagus Salad with Thai Inspired Dressing

I love Thai flavours. The sweet, sour and spicy of Thai dishes are always so perfectly balanced. With such hot and humid weather these days in Hong Kong, I thought a Thai style salad would be pretty perfect as a light lunch or supper.

One of the key things in Thai salads is that they usually use herbs as their salad leaves, mainly Thai basil and fresh mint. They would have one main vegetable, such as the green papaya, plus the various fresh herbs to make the salad even more vibrant and refreshing.

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Tips for Cooking Juicy Pork Chops

I think there is a fear in many when it comes to cooking pork chops. The dilemma comes from wanting a juicy and tender piece of pork chop without over cooking it, yet we are always told to cook the crap out of pork chops because we need to make sure that the meat is fully cooked. It is not like a piece of steak where you can have it medium rare. So if you want to make sure that a piece of pork chop is fully cooked, of course you would cook it longer and that would give you a tough and dry piece of meat at the end.

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