Summer favorite: Tapenade

The sun came out today and it suddenly felt, and smelled, like summer. Fortunately, I'd noticed a half a bottle of olives in the fridge when I was doing a clear-out. (No one else in my family throws anything away, and the moulds that grow when I'm on the other side of the world are

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Shanxi ?? noodles in Beijing

I first tasted these honeycomb oat noodles near the Summer Palace on a cold December day a couple of years ago. I tried to find instructions for making them, and assumed that the tubes of dough were extruded and then cut into lengths, like an Italian pasta. But I now see that they are hand-shaped.

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