Product reviews

The Social Eating House; and a review of the Nokia Lumia 920

Thumbnail image for The Social Eating House; and a review of the Nokia Lumia 920 June 7, 2013

I’ve been writing this blog  and reviewing restaurants for quite some time now.  Touch wood, it has been quite an uneventful period in some respects – only one camera memory card has corrupted (most pics were retrievable); no camera or lenses have been dropped; no mobile phones have been lost or stolen; and no press […]

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Papardelle with goat’s cheese, beetroot, rocket & pine nuts

Thumbnail image for Papardelle with goat’s cheese, beetroot, rocket & pine nuts May 30, 2012

So you think you got it bad?  Stressful job; nagging spouse; unruly kids; aches and pains; a ridiculous mortgage; and a soul-destroying commute? Well, here’s a reason to cheer up:  at least you’re not a fainting goat.  (Or at least I think you aren’t – because of course on the interwebs nobody knows you’re a […]

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Christmas pudding semifreddo with cinnamon streusel and brandy sauce

Thumbnail image for Christmas pudding semifreddo with cinnamon streusel and brandy sauce December 15, 2011

  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

Thumbnail image for A hot chilli sauce tasting – 5 sauces compared December 13, 2011

  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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Pipers Farm sensationally easy turkey dinner

Thumbnail image for Pipers Farm sensationally easy turkey dinner December 5, 2011

  There is a lovely expression, born in America, namely “to talk turkey”.  When I mentioned this to my 9-year old nephew, he was in hysterics, imagining grown-ups strutting around with their proverbial feathers ruffled, clucking and gobbling self-importantly (which is probably about accurate in describing how 9-year olds view MOST adult conversation!)  Of course, […]

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Artichoke, caper and lemon risotto and a Good Fork Italian box

Thumbnail image for Artichoke, caper and lemon risotto and a Good Fork Italian box November 21, 2011

  Perspective.  So much of our experience of this thing we call life is coloured by it.  Where some people see problems stacking up against their business as the economy rollercoasters, others see new opportunities presented by the challenging times.  I love travel, focusing on the new people I get to meet, the new foods […]

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Clarence Court eggs at Hix, Soho

Thumbnail image for Clarence Court eggs at Hix, Soho June 8, 2011

  Why is it I never have any trouble finishing a bottle of wine; but I have great trouble in finishing almost everything else?? Rattling around in my drafts folder, I found this post from (gulp!) November last year.  Ah well.  The eggs are still available and the restaurant is still trading; so I decided […]

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