Starters & canapés

Emergency tomato pesto & olive crostini, and some housekeeping

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So let’s talk housekeeping first, and no, I’m not talking about the vacuuming, the dusting and the ironing.  It’s CookSister housekeeping (which is a lot more fun anyway!). H2ope for Haiti update – and an extension! As you are now by all aware, the H2Ope for Haiti charity raffle is well underway. Thanks to your […]

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Cheese crackers – perfect with goats’ cheese and apples

January 12, 2010

I’m a sucker for figures of speech – which is a good thing because the Afrikaans language (which is my mother tongue) is particularly richly endowed with them!  One figure of speech that we have in abundance is adjectives in their intensive form – English has a few (snow white, blood red), but Afrikaans has […]

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Brie, fig, Parma ham & rocket baguettes for our Henley Regatta picnic

August 7, 2009

Given the distinct lack of activity around here lately, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I have given up eating entirely.  Fear not, gentle readers!  Luckily for you and unluckily for my hips, this is not the case.  All I can say in my own defence is that since about May, my life has been […]

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Serrano ham, goats cheese & honey crostini for a housewarming

June 29, 2009

Housewarming.  Isn’t it a lovely word? Apparently the term is related to the ancient practice of taking embers from the fire of an old house to start the first fire in the new house.  These days, however, it’s more a case of your friends wishing you a warm welcome into your new home.  Either way, seeing […]

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Chickpea & paprika crostini

April 29, 2009

  Right – who’s up for a little chickpea quiz (written by sterretjie101 over at  No peeking at the answers now…  Let’s see who REALLY loves this legume. 1. The chickpea belongs to the legume family in the plant kingdom. According to the species classification, what animal does the humble pea resemble? a) Shrew […]

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Kalyn’s spicy roast chickpeas

February 17, 2009

  Those of you who have read my first column for Food24 will know that Valentine's Day is probably not my most hotly anticipated holiday of the year. OK, it probably does have something to do with the fact that 20 years ago I was unceremoniously dumped by my boyfriend on V-Day…  We had been having some […]

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Foodbuzz 24,24,24: Celebrate Scotland with a Burns Night dinner

January 25, 2009

In the flickering candlelight, there is a man in a skirt approaching me, carrying both a knife and a stuffed sheep’s stomach, and somewhere in the background I can hear a sound like a cat strapped to some Mediaeval instrument of torture. Oh no… wait. It’s bagpipe music. And no, I’m, not being inducted into […]

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