Regard the humble onion. We pick up bags of them, wrapped in their papery brown skins at the market, destined for every dish from a stew to a soup to a stir-fry; we complain when slicing them make us cry; but never pause to think about what amazing vegetables they are. Because they are bulbs rather than fruit, […]
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.
Hyperbole. Litotes. Alliteration. Onomatopeoia. Pun. Oxymoron. Hands up – who knows which of the above literary devices I used in the title to this post? You see, despite this glossy facade of food bloggerness which you see before you, deep down I am just a language nerd. Case in point: I have been going through […]
UPDATE ON 9 SEPT: The winner of the book giveaway is @enigmeg! Thanks to all who entered. Some people are way better than others at simply going with the flow. These are the people who refuse to lie awake at night worrying what the global financial crisis is doing to their pension funds and simply […]
Have you ever had the feeling that your heart lives in two places at once? I suspect anybody whose lover or child has ever lived far away from them knows precisely what I am talking about. Part of your heart lives where you physically find yourself, attached to things like friends, neighbours, pets, a […]
Roosterkoek (literally grill cake – say “roor-stir-cook” and try to roll those r’s!) is the traditional bread to accompany a braai or BBQ. The roosterkoek are simply balls of bread dough cooked on a grid over the coals, and are best eaten piping hot and straight off the grill. There are other traditional braai breads (e.g. […]
Question: what does a self-confessed non-baker bake when she’s required to bake bread for a worthy cause? Answer: something quick, nutritious, and delicious that reminds her a little of home. And did I mention quick? Now most traditional leavened breads use yeast as a rising agent, and my problem with yeast is that it takes time. Time […]