March 2010

Saturday Snapshots #83

March 27, 2010

Thandi – Birds of Eden, South Africa Her name was Thandi and she was a Solomon Eclectus parrot who had been a pet but was now living in the spectacular Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight aviary in the world.  She fell in love with my father as soon as she set eyes on him and […]

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Grilled Halloumi cheese with Zaa’tar and roasted red pepper coulis

March 24, 2010

I’ve asked this question before – let me ask it again:  who the heck is Valentine’s Day meant to please?  Single people feel depressed at being left out of all the saccharine togetherness; and people in relationships feel depressed because their relationships don’t measure up to the fantasy portrayed by the media - or resentful because they are […]

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Cape brandy pudding (or tipsy tart) revisited

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[As I am currently on holiday, this is an edited re-posting of one of the first traditional South African desserts that I ever posted on this blog.  There will be no Sundays in South Africa until 11 April.] It’s a fact – South Africans do like their brandy.  Not so much the sort that is meticulously aged and […]

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Saturday Snapshots #82

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Crocus – London, March 2010

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Quick creamy mustard and caper pork chops

March 18, 2010

  I think I am developing a keen understanding of how a hamster feels in his wheel – running running, always running… but never seem to get where I need to be! This year has just been a whirlwind and I am amazed to discover that we are already nearing the end of March.  If I […]

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La Colombe, Cape Town

March 14, 2010

Going home for a visit while living abroad is an interesting experience.  It's as if you are seeing a place you have known all your life with the fresh eyes of a tourist, and it can bring to the fore changes – either for better or for worse!  I have visited South Africa once or twice […]

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Saturday Snapshots #81

March 13, 2010

The sky beneath my feet – London, Chinatown Chinese New Year, or lunar new year, is celebrated on the first day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th of that month with the Lantern Festival.  On this day, candles are lit inside houses to guide wayward spirits home, and […]

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