Hot pot season is here

Fondue chinoise
Hot pot side dishes: buckwheat soba, brown rice and ginger soba, green onions, thai basil, pumpkin, enoki mushrooms, scallops, napa cabbage, eggs

With mornings in the mid-40’s and abrupt weather changes alternating from wet to dry, it was bound to happen that we’d both end up with colds. The best thing to beat il raffreddore is lots of rest and nourishing soups, but the thing is (with me anyway), is that after a couple of days I’m bored of soup. Solution? Turn it into a hot pot with lots of tidbits to stab, skewer and dip into a delicious broth.

Asian veggies at Esselunga

Fresh portobello and porcini is easy enough to get here but when I spotted shiitake and enoki mushrooms at our favorite supermarket (Esselunga), the idea of fondue chinoise came to mind. A simple chicken broth and a variety of side dishes for a party of two is fun, but with a larger group you might want more than one hot pot on the table so that no one ends up battling for their turn like these kitty cats.

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10 thoughts on “Hot pot season is here

  1. Nonna T

    Hot pot is truly our family favorite. We usually have two pots going; one spicy and one less spicy for those who don’t like to have tears and runny noses while they eat:-) We like quail eggs too as a tidbit. They are so pretty on the table.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Just to clarify ownership, but those cats belong to someone else on youtube. Snow gets old real fast when it needs to be shoveled off the driveway, but the dachshund and the westie are simply mad for the cold white stuff!

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