Starters & canapés

How to make fried stuffed zucchini flowers

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  There is a wonderful anecdote that I came across recently that purports to date back to the days of British colonial rule in India.  The British government had become concerned about the number of venomous cobras at large in the city of Delhi and decided to combat the problem by offering citizens a bounty […]

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Courgette & feta terrine with a roasted red pepper chipotle coulis

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Do you think you have a fairly good working knowledge of internationally recognised celebratory days?  Christmas, New year, Eid, Chinese New year, Diwali, Easter, International Women’s Day, World AIDS day and so forth? Well if you ever wanted to confirm your ignorance, step into the wonderful world of food blogging and learn about all the […]

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Tomato, olive & basil bruschetta

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  “The only constant in life is change”, said Greek philosopher Herakleitos, a good half century before the birth of Christ – and nothing seems to have changed since (if you’ll pardon the pun). And if you are in any doubt about the truth of his statement, just pick up and leaf through a vintage […]

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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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Perfect palmiers with pistounade from Provence

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  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 […]

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Spicy roasted pumpkin seeds

Thumbnail image for Spicy roasted pumpkin seeds November 15, 2010

One day I found two pumpkin seeds. I planted one and pulled the weeds. It sprouted roots and a big, long vine. A pumpkin grew; I called it mine. The pumpkin was quite round and fat. (I really am quite proud of that.) But there is something I’ll admit That has me worried just a […]

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Emergency tomato pesto & olive crostini, and some housekeeping

February 26, 2010

So let’s talk housekeeping first, and no, I’m not talking about the vacuuming, the dusting and the ironing.  It’s CookSister housekeeping (which is a lot more fun anyway!). H2ope for Haiti update – and an extension! As you are now by all aware, the H2Ope for Haiti charity raffle is well underway. Thanks to your […]

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