Local and imported fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices are gathered under the long canopy of the Sanyuanli market, where I get most of my supplies, inspiration and banter with my favourite vendors.

Local and imported fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices are gathered under the long canopy of the Sanyuanli market, where I get most of my supplies, inspiration and banter with my favourite vendors.

Deep in the Jungle 'Jing...

Hi, I'm Jamie. I moved to Beijing in 2013 and, after a year of getting swept up in the weirdness and wonderfulness of it all, decided to start documenting.

For me, life revolves mostly around food, but not just the eating part of it. I used to be a baker and pastry cook in London, and also worked at an F&B marketing firm. I like how food is an easy way to connect with cultures different from my own; it's something I'd had to navigate during my previous lives in Hong Kong, New Jersey USA, Scotland, London and now Beijing. It also seems to make people happy.

I write about exotic ingredients I discover here and share fresh recipes I've learned or made - especially through the ups and downs of all the experimenting I do in my job, as F&B director of JoySeed Breakfasts, a gourmet delivery service based in Beijing. I also include snapshots of life in the "Jungle Jing" as well as occasional travels (more like food excursions), to share the many ways that life and love and the love of food is celebrated.

Check out my online video series, Jamie Pea's Dinner Parties on Tencent Videos (China's YouTube), where I bring you into my kitchen to share my tips for stress-free yet impressive home entertaining and create complete, holiday-themed menus with recipes.

You can also follow me on Instagram.