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There are many things that I wanted to say when I was greeted at the door of the Sofitel St James by a shiny, six foot tall asparagus spear with a shiny purple top.  Most of them are obviously not to be repeated on a family blog, but anyone that knows me can use their imagination! And this was before I had even had a sip of wine… But no, I was not hallucinating – the asparagus spear had some friends waiting inside – equally shiny chillies, some super-sensuous peppers, a giant cherry, and even a sparkly durian were scattered throughout the hotel lobby, bar and dining room. Click here for a full portion →

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Kousa mahshi (Lebanese stuffed courgettes)

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This delicious dish of mince and rice-stuffed courgettes is served throughout the Middle East – and it’s gluten and dairy free!

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Saturday Snapshots #300

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Melbourne street art – Australia, October 2014

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Saturday Snapshots #299

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The iconic Sydney opera House – Australia, September 2014

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How to braai like a pro for National Braai Day

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  So the English have their chicken tikka masala; the Italians their pizza; the Mexicans their tacos; and the Americans their apple pie. Each nationality seems to have one meal that they embrace 100% and make their own, build legends around, and present to the world as their culinary shorthand. And South Africans?  We have […]

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Club Carnivore @ Vivat Bacchus

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Carnivore, noun – an animal which feeds on other animals. Herbivore, noun – an animal which feeds on plants. The herbivores do seem to get the short end of the stick, don’t you think?  Their plant-based diet is not very energy-dense and so they have to spend almost all their time and energy wandering from […]

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Avocado & Parma ham eggs Benedict with fearless Hollandaise

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We’ve all heard of xenophobia (fear of strangers), claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) and arachnophobia (fear of spiders). Those who have done a bit of extra reading can probably also tell you that coulrophobia is the fear of clowns (surprisingly prevalent); that microphobia is the fear of small things; and that astraphobia is the fear […]

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