Recipes

Brandy and Coke glazed gammon for a South African Christmas feast

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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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Homemade cranberry clementine vodka and a Christmas cocktail

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When I was a student, we loved to play Pictionary – even more so if we could convert into a drinking game of some sort.  Of course, I always insisted on being in a team with my darling future sister-in-law Paola because a) she is a talented artist, which helps a lot; and b) we know […]

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Beet green, feta and Prosciutto frittata

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A few years ago I wrote  a Thanksgiving post which listed the ten things that I was thankful for at the time.  Reading back over it, it is comforting to see that most of the things I was thankful for back then ate still the things for which I am most profoundly thankful. But reading the first point sent […]

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Baked pattypan squash steaks with cheese and herbs

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On 24 June 1947, American businessman and private pilot Kenneth Arnold took off from Chehalis in Washington state on his way to the city of Yakima.  As he had heard about a $5,000 reward offered for any sightings of a US Marine transport plane that had recently crashed in the area of Mount Rainier, Arnold decided […]

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Roasted beetroot, rocket and feta salad with mustard lemon dressing

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  Which of the following apply to you? Please tick as many as you like. Are you… having trouble focusing your attention for more than a few seconds finding yourself tuning out in the middle of a conversation likely to have many projects running simultaneously always in a rush and impatient feeling of being overwhelmed […]

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Kousa mahshi (Lebanese stuffed courgettes)

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This delicious dish of mince and rice-stuffed courgettes is served throughout the Middle East – and it’s gluten and dairy free!

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How to braai like a pro for National Braai Day

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  So the English have their chicken tikka masala; the Italians their pizza; the Mexicans their tacos; and the Americans their apple pie. Each nationality seems to have one meal that they embrace 100% and make their own, build legends around, and present to the world as their culinary shorthand. And South Africans?  We have […]

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