October 2008

Waiter, there’s something in my… spiced pumpkin muffins

October 31, 2008

I have a confession to make. Most days of the year, I am a diligent blogger who tries to buy ethically-produced products.  I try to patronise independent retailers where I can, rather than the huge chains that have assumed far too much power over what we put on our plates.  I gravitate towards excellent, natural ingredients and […]

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Roasted corn with lime & chilli butter

October 29, 2008

  You know how sometimes you visit a place and it's totally different to what you expected?  And then other times you visit a place and it is 100% exactly as you expected it to be, just like you have seen in the movies and your imagination a dozen times. The latter is true of […]

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Saturday Snapshots #9

October 25, 2008

  London Autumn stroll, October 2007 Apparently the depth of red or yellow colour that Autumn leaves attain is determined by how much sustained warmth the tree enjoyed during the summer.  Clearly, last year was an unspectacular but sustained, warm summer.  Clearly this year was not – this same avenue of trees near my house that was […]

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Some press, some awards, and a great reason to bake some bread

October 24, 2008

Remember that line in Pulp Fiction when Uma Thurman as Mia comes back to the table at Jack Rabbit Slims where she is having dinner with with John Travlota as Vincent and she says "Don't you just love it when you come back from the bathroom and find your food waiting for you?"?  Well, that's rather […]

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Chocolate, blackberry and almond torte

October 22, 2008

It seems fitting that, while in the city which was first introduced to me by Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, I tried to live by the advice he gives us in the film: “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and take look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Instead of diligently […]

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Saturday Snapshots #8

October 18, 2008

  Beaded giraffe, 2007 South Africans have a long tradition of beadwork, with some tribes like the amaZulu even using beads to compose love-letters.  Enterprising craftsmen have adapted their craft to modern times and these days it is possible to buy a range of non-traditional beaded items, often from roadside vendors in cities.  You can […]

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WTSIM #20 – for the love of gourd

October 16, 2008

Oh the guilt!! Here I am, living the high life in Chicago with all my good intentions of blogging early every morning in tatters.  I have neglected all you lovely readers.  But in my defense I can say that I have been busy.  I have explored Chicago inside and out.  I have spent 2 amazing […]

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