Backyard Garden Against Nature

As I was writing about the weather in my last post, the extreme wet humidity in the last week, and then the wetness went away with humidity dropped to 70%, but temperature also dropped from 19C to 12C. What can I do? Nothing! One has to live with nature, that may be why our ancestors consult the Almanac... Continue Reading →

“Move Earth” Says the Chinese Almanac

The Chinese Almanac, which our agricultural ancestors had use throughout the last two thousand years to give advice about planting, has indicated the last two days would be auspicious days for “moving earth” and “start trading”. It’s so happened that these are the wettest days of the month, up to 95% humidity, and you can... Continue Reading →

Planting for the new year

On Tuesday, I planted a dozen of seeds for flowers and food in the seed tray, using only perlite and because the temperature was in the single digit I decided to keep the tray indoor and covered with plastic lid. Today the air has warmed up to mid teens and sun had came through so I... Continue Reading →

Chinese Wine Given Top Honour by Decanter World Wine Award

Out of 12,000 wines entered, only 25 were awarded at the Decanter World Wine Award and He Lan Qing Xue score top mark in the Red Bordeaux Varietal over 10 pound category. The wine is not for sale outside of China and I have not try the wine but rest assured the Chinese connoisseurs will be... Continue Reading →

Dining in Beijing

Quite unlike my previous experience with this capital city when I was a frequent traveller to Beijing the dispassionate manner of the shop keepers has definitely changed. The tourist’s attractions are now filled with aggressive shop employees touting something to you. I went with Kuei to Hou Hai and Sanlitun, both restaurants and bars area,... Continue Reading →

Le Chene Marchand in FCC

Yesterday, I was bantering about ideas of a new wine and food book with Annabel at the FCC. To put our ideas into perspective, of course, we have to take words into action. She chose a bottle of Sancerre ala 2008 le Chene Marchand of Domaine Lucin Crochet from the menu. To preserve the wholesome... Continue Reading →

Red Beans with Chili and Basil

Yesterday, I harvested some Chinese red beans from my garden. Tossed them with some bean sprout, tofu from the market. To add to the taste I picked a red chili several leaves of basil, also from the garden, and mixed with garlic and ginger (chopped) to quickly stir fried them. I served the stir fry... Continue Reading →

Red Beans with Chili and Basil

Yesterday, I harvested some Chinese red beans from my garden. Tossed them with some bean sprout, tofu from the market. To add to the taste I picked a red chili several leaves of basil, also from the garden, and mixed with garlic and ginger (chopped) to quickly stir fried them. I served the stir fry... Continue Reading →

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首先建立在上海最大和最好的酒单,后来覆盖中国其他地. 我希望这个博客会给读者提供: 知识性及娱乐性的集体资源 ... 我希望给读者提供以下资源: 1) 葡萄酒购买策略. 2) 品酒笔记. 3) 世界在在的葡萄酒产区及旅游.

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