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Kousa mahshi (Lebanese stuffed courgettes)

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Do you know what Siamese twins are? No, I don’t mean two chocolate-faced kittens from the same litter; nor do I mean two babies who emerged from their mother’s womb joined at the hip, even though both of these answers are technically correct. If I were to say they may also be called irreversible binomials, […]

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Smoked mackerel, beetroot and potato salad

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Like most weeks, last week saw many famous birthdays. Iggy Pop, the super-impressive and seemingly indestructible (despite his best efforts!) grandfather of punk turned 67.  Queen Elizabeth II of England turned 88  (although her birthday is only officially celebrated in June). Crispin Glover who played a fresh-faced George McFly  in Back to the Future turned […]

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Dutch split pea soup (erwentensoep or snert)

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Slang.  It’s a term we use every day without really thinking of its precise meaning.  For instance, could you provide a coherent explanation of the difference between slang, jargon and colloquial speech?  Without a brief trip to our mutual friend Google?  If you put together various dictionary definitions of slang, you would come up with something […]

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Creamy chickpea, spinach and zucchini curry

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Last month, my youngest nephew celebrated his seventh birthday.  On the night before his birthday, his mom was putting him to bed and noticed that he seemed a little subdued.  She asked him what was wrong and he replied:  “I’m sad because it’s my last night of being six”.  Mom responded: “But just think – […]

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Baked salmon fillets with beetroot and dill

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Force of habit – it’s a terrible thing.  We shop at the same stores, wear the same clothes, eat at the same restaurants, walk the same route to work…  over and over and over again.  It’s easy, it’s familiar and we are all guilty of it to some extent – you wake up on Monday […]

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Spaghetti with chorizo meatballs and homemade tomato sauce

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There are those people who say that you shouldn’t mess with classics. People who start hyperventilating with indignation when you suggest putting anything on a pizza other than the ingredients that a nonna would have had at her disposal in 18th century Napoli.  People who write angry letters to the local paper when their classic […]

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Salsa verde with green tomatoes and the illusion of control

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In New York City, as in most cities throughout the world, there are thousands of traffic lights at intersections with pedestrian crossings, all fitted with buttons for pedestrians to press so that the light will go green for them.  Hour after hour, day in and day out,  tens of thousands of pedestrians do in fact […]

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