Recipes – baking

Wholewheat quick bread with olives, feta, spring onions and za’atar

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  It’s funny how we tend to define ourselves and out habits in absolute terms, even though anybody observing our habits from the outside would conclude that things are not nearly as absolute as we suggest.  I will tell you at the drop of a hat that I hate sport, period.  Doing it, watching it […]

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Biltong and feta cheese muffins

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  Summer means different things to different people.  To some, it means the beach and the smell of coconut suntan lotion.  To others, it means ripe, sun-warmed tomatoes from their garden; or Wimbledon; or partying the nights away in Ibiza’s nightclubs till dawn; or backyard braais/barbecues; or cricket season; or asparagus season; or berry-picking; or […]

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Spiced plum crumble/crisp – revisited and rephotographed

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  Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that Fridays are #FridayPoetryFix days around here, where I post the link to a favourite poem, old or new, that has grabbed my attention during the week, or that describes my mood particularly well.  Last Friday was the turn of one of my favourite […]

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Banana choc-chip muffins – the Muffins of Evil

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  Looks all demure, doesn’t it, sitting there on its pretty plate with its beribboned cutlery.  Wouldn’t harm a fly, an innocent little muffin like that.  Nothing evil about it at all, right? Hah. Think fishnet stockings and lacy suspenders under a sober business suit; a tattoo under a school uniform; a fluffy kitten with […]

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Feta, sage & Peppadew scones

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  Hands up – who likes a good haiku? I certainly do – and here’s one I made earlier          My reflection grows     Older with each passing year     But never wiser   What is it with wisdom?  Why is it so damn elusive?  I was talking to a dear friend’s 18-year old daughter the other day, […]

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Feta, Peppadew and thyme quiche for a blogger photo afternoon

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  As anybody who cooks for a living, or who blogs for an obsession, will know, going to eat at other people’s houses can be a social minefield.  First there is the “oh I can’t have YOU over for dinner – you won’t possibly enjoy the simple food that I can cook – too much […]

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Low-fat banana walnut muffins – the Muffins of Good

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Please remember to vote for me in the South African Blog Awards where I am a finalist in the Best Food and Best Overseas Blog categories!  You can vote once a day till 17 September.  Thanks! I really wanted to call this post and its future companion piece Midnight with the (banana) Muffins of Good […]

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