Soup

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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Carrot and cumin soup and a 66 Square Feet recipe book giveaway

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There’s a wonderful Afrikaans poem called Sproeireën by DJ Opperman that starts: My nooi is in ‘n nartjie, my ouma in kaneel, daar’s iemand …. iemand in anys, daar’s ‘n vrou in elke geur! Roughly translated, this reads: “My sweetheart is in a clementine; my grandma is in cinnamon; there’s somebody… somebody in anise; there’s […]

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French onion soup with Comté cheese toasts

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We have a lot for which to thank the ancient Greeks. They helped us to make sense of the world by coming up with philosophy, geometry and astronomy.  They gave us small  but useful things like levers, screws and coins.  They are credited with inventing the concept of the map, the umbrella, the thermometer and […]

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Roasted cauliflower soup with garam masala for in between days

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In between days. It’s a phrase that seems designed to enable people to overlay any meaning they wish onto it; a phrase that changes meaning for me depending on what is going on in my life.  I first heard it as the title of a wonderful song by The Cure and like a pebble in […]

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Red lentil soup with harissa croutons

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“Life is a rollercoaster” warbled Ronan Keating – and despite not being a fan of boybands, and looking back at the past 10 days here at Cooksister HQ, I have to say that I think he had a point.  The Big Thunder Mountain experience started with a plunge into discovering that somebody I know is […]

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Cream of asparagus soup

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  Last week, a friend’s son whom I have watched growing up from gangly young teenager to positively delightful, kind, clever,funny young man, commented on one of my Facebook timeline. I immediately noticed that he had changed his username to include some rather unusual middle names: Ponyboy Curtis – a name I have not read […]

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Roasted carrot and coriander soup

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  When I was back home in South Africa recently, as usual, I stayed at my brother’s house.  It’s about as different from my own house in London as you can get – and I don’t just mean because it’s a gazillion times bigger and has a swimming pool!  No, the real differences are on […]

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