Black sugar and sesame buns (dumplings)

Filling ingredients
200g ground black sesame
170g black sugar
10 tablespoons cooking oil


1. Grind the sesame seeds in a food processor until very fine.
2. Mix all the ingredients well.

Dough Ingredients
500g all purpose flour
300ml warm water
2 teaspoons dry yeast
25g sugar or black sugar
25ml cooking oil

Black sugar, sweet potato and ginger dessert


600 g sweet potato
4 big chunks of ginger
One small bunch black sugar

Soy bean milk


½ cup of soy beans and 2 cup of water
1 tablespoon of sugar or black sugar
4 cups of water


If you use a standard food processor:

Black sugar and ginger tea


1 cup of chopped ginger (aged ginger)
5 cups water
5 tablespoons black sugar or enough to taste

Sweet Sticky Sesame Dumplings

This a traditional Chinese dish eaten during Lantern Festival in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. Actually, they're so good you can (non-traditionally) eat them any time you want.


1 cup glutinous rice flour (sticky rice flour)
half cup of water
sesame powder mixed with a little water
sugar to taste
finely powdered peanut

How to make it

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Oven-Baked Honey Chicken Drumstick

500g Chicken Drumsticks
4 spoonfuls honey
Extra virgin olive oil, Salt
¼ Onion, finely sliced
30g of olive oil
5 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme and other herbs
2 teaspoonfuls of salt

How to marinate

1. Finely mix 30g of olive oil and 2 teaspoonfuls of salt with the honey in a bowl.

Chunky Rosemary Potato Chips

4 Fresh potatoes
2 teaspoonfuls salt
Deep frying oil
Rosemary (fresh if possible)
15 Cherry tomatoes
Half Lemon/ Lime (or juice)

Green curry and coconut milk with vegetables

Thai food is famous for its spicyness, and coconut milk is perfect to cool down the spicyness and give a beautiful balance.

When I travel to Thailand, it's always a time for me to roll into lots of different cookery classes. From Chiang Mai to Bangkok, to the southern islands, the cooks in many restaurants have all been my cookery teachers. They were happy to see me interested in Thai culture, and they were always very generous in showing me their cooking secrets.

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