Recipes

Pan-fried salmon on kale, sweet potato and pomegranate

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I learnt many things from my late mom.  She taught me to love the intricacies of language, from how beautiful poetry can use words to bring you to tears, to how to write formal letters with razor-sharp wit, meaning and clarity. It is because of her that I love to travel to new places with an open […]

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Swiss chard with chorizo and eggs: a one-pan wonder

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  Anybody that knows me will know that I have a bit of a thing for pithy sayings that condense big ideas into small sentences.  When I went for the interview for my current job, I was interviewed by the managing partner and one of the colleagues with whom I still share an office. At […]

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Sensationally simple beef ragu

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Love-hate relationships – we all have them.  Some of us have them with food, with religion, or with the gym.  I know people who have love-hate relationships with their family members, their pets, or even themselves.  People love and hate their jobs, their country’s government, their exes and their kids. These past few weeks, the […]

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Halloumi, roasted grape & pecan salad

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So – 2015!  How on earth did that happen? My father once told me that the older he got, the more he tended not to remember individual years but rather just decades – and I am beginning to understand what he meant. The 1980s were high school and university; the 1990s were postgrad and the start […]

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Zwiebelkuche with a South African twist

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Regard the humble onion. We pick up bags of them, wrapped in their papery brown skins at the market, destined for every dish from a stew to a soup to a stir-fry; we complain when slicing them make us cry; but never pause to think about what amazing vegetables they are.  Because they are bulbs rather than fruit, […]

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Leftover gammon and Brussels sprout risotto

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  Out with the old, in with the new.  It’s a saying that you hear all the time at the moment as people around the world prepare to celebrate the dawning of 2015, a new year.  It’s one of those grammatically peculiar phrases that English is so good at, lacking a subject, verb or object, […]

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Brandy and Coke glazed gammon for a South African Christmas feast

Thumbnail image for Brandy and Coke glazed gammon for a South African Christmas feast December 18, 2014

Long before Buzzfeed or Mashable saw the light of day, I was a fan of lists.  As far back as the early 1980s, some of my brother’s and my most treasured possessions were the two volumes of the wonderful Book of Lists. The lists ranged from the banal (the world’s 5 tallest mountains) to the positively […]

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