June 2010

Curried vegetable potjiekos

June 29, 2010

A colleague of mine recently returned from a week of watching FIFA 2010 World Cup football in South Africa.  He said the football was so-so, but he loved the country – and the food.  Because he stayed with friends rather than in a hotel, he really got to eat what the locals ate.  The first thing […]

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Saturday Snapshots #96

June 26, 2010

Me and my shadow – London, June 2008 About five summers ago, at our old house, I thought I'd try scattering a few poppy seeds in our pots.  I have never planted the seeds since – the poppies simply seed themselves and come up in abundance year after year.  I don't know who loves them more […]

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Zucchini, tomato pesto & Parmesan tart

June 25, 2010

About thirteen years ago, I travelled to the USA with three of my dear friends Paul (he of the Famous Butternut Soup), Duncan and Adrian.  Most of my friends who had been to the USA had been to New York, Las Vegas or San Francisco, all home to a multitude of tourist attractions.  But not […]

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Francesco Mazzei at Pizza Express

June 24, 2010

Call me easily pleased, but I think Pizza Express gets a raw deal. When I suggest going to a branch of this ubiquitous chain of Italian restaurants for a quick meal, my husband Nick pulls a face and refuses – and he is not alone.  But can somebody please explain to me why people get so sniffy […]

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Belvidere Manor, Knysna

June 21, 2010

South Africa's Garden Route coastal road between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is over-endowed with all sorts of things – natural beauty, exceptional beaches, outstanding restaurants, and a myriad of towns where visitors can stop, stay and find novel ways to occupy themselves.  I have recommended dozens of restaurants, B&Bs and other activities over the […]

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Saturday Snapshots #95

June 19, 2010

Fairview bored doe - near Stellenbosch, South Africa 2008   One of my favourite wine estates in South Africa (and probably the one I've visited most often) is Fairview.  Part of the reason is the fact that they have been making cheese on the farm for years and have a cheese tasting room right next to the […]

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Asparagus salad with pesto and Parmesan

June 17, 2010

Isn’t it funny how some words are more fun to say out loud than others?  Bibulous.  Molybdenum. Flibbertigibbet. Asparagus.  Assssparrrrragus! Say it out loud!  And clearly TS Eliot agreed with me – he named one of the feline characters in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats Asparagus: Gus is the cat at the Theatre Door. […]

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