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Mum’s Adventures in China

From the time I started this blog, I have been complaining about how NOISY the Chinese are.

Isn’t it ironic that I actually LOVE karaoke and I play some really LOUD music when I’m cooking or doing housework?

Recently, I found a huge collection of music with my favourite artistes like Avril Lavigne, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Smashing Pumpkins and etc and had a good time even if I was stuck in a traffic jam.

The funniest thing is that the kids complained: “It’s too noisy!” 

I laughed and said, “Do you want me to bring in the cows, chickens and pigs?”

Hahaha, they remember the kiddo’s first book “It’s Too Noisy” by Joanna Cole.

This cute book is about a farmer who complains about his noisy home on the farm…


Any Chinese person worth their salt will know that gojiberries or wolfberries (lycium barbarum) are good for the eyes so sweetcorn, carrots and pork ribs soup is one of the staples in my Asian kitchen.

It’s one of the easiest soups to prepare and it’s healthy for both the eyes and the tummy.

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need:

1 portion of pork ribs 1 ear of corn – broken/chopped into 3-4 pieces
1 small carrot – cut into cubes
2-3 red dates
a small handful of dried gojiberries

1. Wash and rinse the pork ribs carefully and remove any bloody gristle from the meat.
2. Place the pork ribs, carrots and sweetcorn into a pot and cover them with water. The amount of water should be above 2 inches above the pile of meat and vegetables – too much water and the soup will be bland. Bring them to the boil.
3. When it starts boiling, turn down the fire and add the red dates and gojiberries to the mix. Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
4. Enjoy the soup – the little ones will love gnawing on the tender corn 🙂

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