Recipes – Christmas

Peppadew cheese puffs – perfect Christmas canapés

Thumbnail image for Peppadew cheese puffs – perfect Christmas canapés December 7, 2011

  Just like living with other people, living alone is something every adult should experience for themselves.  Living with other people teaches you about compromise and consideration for others; living alone teaches you about self-reliance and liking your own company. The 18 month period shortly after we were married when Nick lived in the UK and I […]

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Shredded Brussels sprouts with pancetta and pine nuts – and my new year wishes for you

Thumbnail image for Shredded Brussels sprouts with pancetta and pine nuts – and my new year wishes for you December 31, 2010

There is a lovely saying in Afrikaans which goes geluk by die ongeluk, which means fortune with the misfortune – or, roughly translated, every cloud has a silver lining.  Isn’t that a great way of looking at things?  Whatever seemingly disasterous thing Life throws at you, you just need to look at it in a different […]

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The ghost of Christmas past – and that perfect roast gammon recipe again

December 25, 2009

  I am an obsessive recorder of events – both in writing and on film.  One look at my numerous boxes and albums of photos will confirm this beyond a shadow of a doubt.  My husband sees it as some sort of strange hoarding instinct – I see it very much in the same way […]

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Smoked salmon mini-quiches with sour cream & caviar

February 11, 2009

  You know how they say that good things happen in threes?  Or am I getting confused with bad things happening in threes?  We had a cleaner-cum-nanny when I was a little girl, a woman I loved so much I was convinced she was part of the family, and used to list her when I […]

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Smoked salmon paté moulds

January 30, 2009

  As I mentioned before, over Christmas and New Year I had to produce food in three kitchens other than my own, and to save my sanity I decided to come up with three recipes based on one central ingredient:  smoked salmon. In the first of this 3-part series, I told you how I made […]

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Smoked salmon and dill chowder

January 16, 2009

  So.  Have you ever indulged in a threesome? No, don't worry, CookSister has not suddenly turned into an adult site!  I'm talking about one ingredient, prepared three ways, and served together.  You might think that this is the preserve of poncey restaurants and celebrity TV chefs, but over the festive season I proved it's […]

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Still wondering what to cook for Christmas dinner?

December 24, 2008

** STOP PRESS **  There is an updated version of this post available  - 35 tried and tested Christmas recipes from my archives, from cocktails & canapés to desserts!  I’ve been a bad, bad blogger this month.  All this gallivanting about, buying gifts, attending Christmas parties, eating, travelling, drinking… but precious little blogging!! And I […]

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