June 2010

Curried vegetable potjiekos

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  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 […]

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Saturday Snapshots #96

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Me and my shadow – London, June 2008

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Zucchini, tomato pesto & Parmesan tart

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  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 […]

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Francesco Mazzei at Pizza Express

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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

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  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 […]

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Saturday Snapshots #95

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Fairview bored doe - near Stellenbosch, South Africa 2008

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Asparagus salad with pesto and Parmesan

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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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