Pasta & rice

Spaghetti squash, feta and chilli risotto

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  “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon So on Saturday 9 February I was planning to have quadrilogie de canard for lunch at LeVaffiue, Les Get in the French Alps. But life intervened and instead, I found myself lying in agony in the snow with a broken femur beside Le Yeti […]

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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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Pattypan squash pasta with capers, chilli and Parmesan

Thumbnail image for Pattypan squash pasta with capers, chilli and Parmesan July 25, 2013

The Afrikaans language, my mother tongue,  is nothing if not creative in its descriptions – and sometimes far more so than English. Think, for example, of: trapsuutjies (literally “step quietly”) = a chameleon haelgeweer (literally “hail gun”) = shotgun vangwa (literally “catching van”) = a police van luislang (literally “lazy snake”) = a python spookasem […]

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Creamy chicken, pea & pesto pasta recipe

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My tax law lecturer at university used to say:  ”There are only two certainties in this life: death and taxes” – but I  beg to differ.  There is also the certainty that at any given moment on any given day, somewhere in the world, if you turn on the TV an episode of CSI or […]

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Black squid ink pasta with chorizo & basil and a Foodies Larder hamper

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We’re funny creatures, human beings. We eat our sleekly packaged organic granola for breakfast;  we spend our days at our computers talking on the Interwebs to invisible folks on the other side of the world; we fill our free time with all sorts of self-actualising activities like yoga or going to classical concerts.  We imagine […]

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Easy crab chilli and rocket pasta

Thumbnail image for Easy crab chilli and rocket pasta January 31, 2013

Isn’t it funny how we humans insist of describing various human characteristics by reference to animals? Take for example: as brave as a lion; as quiet as a mouse; as mad as a badger; as bald as a coot; as dead as a dodo; as blind as a bat; as cunning as a fox; as […]

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