Recipes – Christmas

Brandy and Coke glazed gammon for a South African Christmas feast

Thumbnail image for Brandy and Coke glazed gammon for a South African Christmas feast December 18, 2014

Long before Buzzfeed or Mashable saw the light of day, I was a fan of lists.  As far back as the early 1980s, some of my brother’s and my most treasured possessions were the two volumes of the wonderful Book of Lists. The lists ranged from the banal (the world’s 5 tallest mountains) to the positively […]

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Homemade cranberry clementine vodka and a Christmas cocktail

Thumbnail image for Homemade cranberry clementine vodka  and a Christmas cocktail December 12, 2014

When I was a student, we loved to play Pictionary – even more so if we could convert into a drinking game of some sort.  Of course, I always insisted on being in a team with my darling future sister-in-law Paola because a) she is a talented artist, which helps a lot; and b) we know […]

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Clementine and cranberry upside-down cake

Thumbnail image for Clementine and cranberry upside-down cake December 23, 2013

Regard the humble cranberry. Just like that plain Jane in your university history course who seemed to have nothing of any interest to share with the world, but who was actually a pole dancing rock climber in her spare time, the cranberry hides a multitude of facts and trivia beneath its rosy skin.  How many […]

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Chocolate chestnut fondant – a decadent Christmas dessert

Thumbnail image for Chocolate chestnut fondant – a decadent Christmas dessert December 23, 2012

The other day, a friend and fellow-blogger asked an open question of his readers:  do you collect mementos when you travel, and if so, what?  If you’d aked me that question 15 years ago, the answer would have been a resounding “YES! How much time do you have?” At various times over my teenage and 20-something years, […]

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Sous vide duck breasts with a charred orange & Cointreau sauce

Thumbnail image for Sous vide duck breasts with a charred orange & Cointreau sauce December 19, 2012

  Christmas traditions – they’re a funny old lot, aren’t they?  For a start, how did the idea of a snowy Christmas with frost on the windows and northern hemisphere pine trees become so pervasive that you see shops in countries like my native South Africa (where Christmas falls in the middle of summer) giving […]

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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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Pot-roast pheasant with pancetta, apples and a bread gravy

Thumbnail image for Pot-roast pheasant with pancetta, apples and a bread gravy November 29, 2012

  Who can tell me what the following sentence’s claim to fame might be?  “The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.”  Points if you said that it provides a an example of sibilance – and bonus points if you pointed out that it is onomatopoeic.  But its true claim to fame […]

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