Salads

Fennel and blood orange salad with toasted pistachios

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  “You can’t go swimming for at least an hour after lunch, otherwise you’ll get cramp and drown!” “While you are living under my roof, you’ll abide by my rules.” “You’re going out wearing that?  You’ll catch your death of cold!” “I didn’t ask you how it got there, I asked you to pick it […]

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Grilled goat’s cheese and pear salad with cranberries & pine nuts

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  So, hands up – who likes this time of year? It’s grey outside… the sun sets by 4pm (well, it does in London!)… you’re broke after the Christmas spending extravaganza… your diet is staring you in the face demanding some action… and your New Year’s resolutions may already be just a vague memory. Hmmm, […]

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Watermelon, feta, olive & basil salad – and a BBQ event!

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People often ask me “so what is the difference between an English BBQ and a South African braai?” They both involve the cooking of meat outdoors over an open fire, and yes you can make an argument that the type of meat you cook is the distinguishing feature (because pork sausages and burgers will never […]

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Radish, celeriac & pecorino salad with truffle oil & pomegranate – how things change!

Thumbnail image for Radish, celeriac & pecorino salad with truffle oil & pomegranate – how things change! June 13, 2011

  You’ve all heard the saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same”, right? Well, I do believe it’s true.  You change jobs; you change size; you change partners; you change your taste in music; you change countries; you change hair cut/colour; you change your wardrobe.  But despite all these changes, some things […]

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Roast butternut squash & Gorgonzola salad

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  The human mind is a funny thing.  On paper, it is this huge, impressive and ultra-reliable super-computer.  It tells your heart exactly how many times per minute to beat to keep you alive; it keeps you breathing even when you are fast asleep.  It remembers your birthday; remembers how to ride a bicycle after […]

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Fig, Halloumi and hazelnut salad

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I have mentioned before how much I love languages – their inexplicable differences, their unexpected similarities, and their subtle nuances.  It is one of my great regrets that my high school did not offer a modern European language option:  no German, French or Spanish classes, only English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and umm, Latin.  But despite being […]

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Asparagus salad with pesto and Parmesan

Thumbnail image for Asparagus salad with pesto and Parmesan June 17, 2010

Isn’t it funny how some words are more fun to say out loud than others?  Bibulous.  Molybdenum. Flibbertigibbet. Asparagus.  Assssparrrrragus! Say it out loud!  And clearly TS Eliot agreed with me – he named one of the feline characters in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats Asparagus: Gus is the cat at the Theatre Door. […]

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