December 2011

Saturday Snapshots #175

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  A toast – December 2011

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Saturday Snapshots #174

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   Peace on Earth – Chatel, February 2010

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Sautéed Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic, lemon & chilli

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  One of the disadvantages of having our dining room in the conservatory at the back of the house is that there is no hiding your kitchen and your work-in-progress from your guests.  I am inevitably in the kitchen when guests arrive and they either pop in to say hi before returning to the lounge, or […]

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Saturday Snapshots #173

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Christmas wreaths, Gothenburg – December 2011

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Cabana – going for a Brazilian in Westfield, Stratford

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  Ever get the feeling that language is a tricky minefield to be negotiated rather than a useful tool for communication that separates us humans from the beasts of the field? For example, if I tell you I am “going for a Brazilian”, do I mean: a) I have fallen head over heels with Filipe […]

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Christmas pudding semifreddo with cinnamon streusel and brandy sauce

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  One of the things people often ask me at this time of year is what some proper South African Christmas traditions are. It’s at times like this when I am faced with the sudden urge to make up something totally outlandish, along the lines of ”first, you have to feed the giraffes their customary mince pies, otherwise they […]

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A hot chilli sauce tasting – 5 sauces compared

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  One of the things that has always fascinated me about the human senses is that you can never be entirely sure that you see, smell, hear, feel or taste anything precisely the same way as another person.  An extreme example was a relative who is colour blind – where I saw all the seven […]

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