February 2009

Saturday Snapshots #27

February 28, 2009

  Here today gone tomorrow – London, February 2008 After the heaviest snowfall in London in decades, I ventured out the next morning to find a picture-perfect world covered in smow and icicles.  This one in particular caught my eye for its intricate, delicate laciness – and the transience of its beauty. The name of […]

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Tuna toasties for a busy Friday night

February 27, 2009

Regard the humble tuna toastie. It's not big or clever or funny or famous.  You don't serve it at fancy dinner parties.  Ferran Adria has not deconstructed it into a post-modernist version of itself.  In short, it doesn't get to walk the culinary red carpet of life. But show me a quicker, easier and tastier dish […]

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Spanish chicken bake with butter beans, chorizo and olives

February 26, 2009

I always wonder how some dishes got their names – particularly names that ascribe a certain national heritage to a dish, but which dish you won’t find on a single menu in its alleged coutry of origin. I have a recipe which I got from a friend in high school or shortly afterwards, and which my […]

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Jan Ellis pudding – a classic South African dessert

February 23, 2009

Fact:  South Africans love puddings. And no, I don’t mean the weird English concept of puddings which can include savouries like Yorkshire pudding.  I mean sponge-cakey puddings baked in the oven and usually served warm with some sort of sauce or syrup. There’s nothing glamorous or sexy about them, and they don’t require any sort of […]

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Saturday Snapshots #26

February 21, 2009

Keurbooms beach sunset, February 2008 Last year we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of our first date in South Africa – more precisely, we had a bottle of Graham Beck sparkling wine at sunset on the cliffs above Keurbooms Beach.  Although Keurbooms is generally considered to be a suburb of Plettenberg Bay, you need to take a drive out of […]

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Dark chocolate and raspberry tart

February 20, 2009

  Aaaaah… sweet, sweet Friday.  I thought you'd never come. When I was at university, I never had lectures on a Friday afternoon.  I would drive off our huge campus (our campus was the biggest in the Southern hemisphere, and a nature reserve to boot!) in my little Ford Escort and if I saw anybody […]

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Times Top 50 Food Blogs in the World – and your help needed

February 18, 2009

Remember what I said last week about good things happening in threes?  Well, I hate to break it to my former nanny, but she’s wrong. Sometimes, good things happen in FOURS! Late last night, I had an e-mail from my lovely friend Courtney of Coco Cooks (who, incidentally, will be appearing on CBS2 Weekend Morning News this Sunday […]

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