Vegetable side dishes

Sautéed Brussels sprouts with Nduja and preserved lemon

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My brother and I have always been suckers for lists.  Lists of the top ten songs of the year; or the top ten fastest cars in the world; or the top ten tallest mountains – if it came in a numbered list we were all over it like a rash. In fact, I think my […]

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Easy cheesy Brussels sprout gratin

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  **STOP PRESS** The Randomizer.org has spoken and chosen the winner of the Bluebasil gourmet brownies giveaway – and the winner is EMMA  HOWARD! Congratulations, Emma – we will be in touch soon via e-mail to arrange for delivery of your prize! ** Over the summer, I spent a weekend in Paris and met up […]

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Rotkohl (braised red cabbage with apples)

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  “The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things; Of shoes and ships and sealing wax; of cabbages and kings…”  So wrote Lewis Carroll in The Walrus and the Carpenter, one of the very few poems in which the humble cabbage gets a mention.  Can anybody actually think of another notable cabbage […]

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Chanterelle quiche with a wholewheat & thyme crust

Thumbnail image for Chanterelle quiche with a wholewheat & thyme crust October 5, 2012

Dealing with travel bookings would have been so much easier if I were a mushroom. You see, if Mr Chantrelle booked a plane ticket and turned up with a passport saying “Monsieur Girolle”, check-in staff would not bat an eyelid. Or if “Herr Pfifferling” turned up for the flight instead, they would welcome him with open arms – not only because he’s a fun guy (!) but because despite their different names, these three mushrooms are in fact one and the same delicious thing.

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Farro and roasted vegetable salad – an Olympic dish

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    So… rumour has it that a certain Very Very Large Sporting Event is about to take place, virtually in my back yard here in London.  For almost 12 years we have lived in what most west-Londoners considered a distant and drab backwater of the capital (pretty much how most west-Londoners regard anything east […]

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Asparagus a la Flamande and a stroll through Rue Grenelle market in Paris

Thumbnail image for Asparagus a la Flamande and a stroll through Rue Grenelle market in Paris June 13, 2012

  When I was about six years old, my late half-sister Lucille moved to France. After completing her language studies in South Africa, she went to do an Honours course in Aix-en-Provence, fell in love, got married and never moved back to South Africa.  At the time, South Africans did not really do that sort […]

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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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