Recipes

Clementine and cranberry upside-down cake

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Regard the humble cranberry. Just like that plain Jane in your university history course who seemed to have nothing of any interest to share with the world, but who was actually a pole dancing rock climber in her spare time, the cranberry hides a multitude of facts and trivia beneath its rosy skin.  How many […]

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Gingerbread spice persimmon cake

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December.  The final month of the year. Month of Sagittarians and Capricorns. Month of the Turquoise gemstone and the Narcissus flower. Month of Advent and St Nicholas and Christmas.  Growing up in the summer hemisphere, it was the month of endless sunshine; of school holidays and swimming pools; of beaches and braais.  It is the […]

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Spiced pears roasted in red wine from the 66 Square Feet cookbook

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How would you define a friend? Here’s what the dictionary says: A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade. For most of human civilisation on this planet, such friends were (with rare exceptions) people […]

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Moroccan spiced lamb breast with herb couscous

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Compared to most people I know, we entertain rather a lot here at Cooksister HQ.  Sometimes it’s ambitious all-day braais for 30 people; sometimes more intimate lunch parties for six; sometimes just the neighbours over for dinner.  But however many people are coming, I always hope that they find my house a relaxed and comfortable […]

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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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Beetroot risotto with goat’s cheese and pine-nuts

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With touching faith in the reliability of our own senses, we humans are fond of saying “I’ll believe it when I see it with my own two eyes”.  But as anybody who has spent 10 minutes in a criminal court listening to an eye-witness being cross-examined will know, our eyes, ears and memories are notoriously […]

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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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