Recipes – gluten-free

Sensationally simple beef ragu

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Love-hate relationships – we all have them.  Some of us have them with food, with religion, or with the gym.  I know people who have love-hate relationships with their family members, their pets, or even themselves.  People love and hate their jobs, their country’s government, their exes and their kids. These past few weeks, the […]

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Halloumi, roasted grape & pecan salad

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So – 2015!  How on earth did that happen? My father once told me that the older he got, the more he tended not to remember individual years but rather just decades – and I am beginning to understand what he meant. The 1980s were high school and university; the 1990s were postgrad and the start […]

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Brandy and Coke glazed gammon for a South African Christmas feast

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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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Baked pattypan squash steaks with cheese and herbs

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On 24 June 1947, American businessman and private pilot Kenneth Arnold took off from Chehalis in Washington state on his way to the city of Yakima.  As he had heard about a $5,000 reward offered for any sightings of a US Marine transport plane that had recently crashed in the area of Mount Rainier, Arnold decided […]

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Kousa mahshi (Lebanese stuffed courgettes)

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This delicious dish of mince and rice-stuffed courgettes is served throughout the Middle East – and it’s gluten and dairy free!

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Masala-roasted pumpkin salad with halloumi and rocket

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One of the most often-quoted bits of linguistic trivia is the fact that the Inuit peoples have more words for snow that any other language – somewhere between 50 and 100, depending on which languages you include in your survey (to be fair, these words refer to both ice and snow!).  At the other extreme, […]

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Spicy rainbow chard on creamy polenta

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I can always spot them.  So can you.  And who are they? The cool kids. You know, they are the ones that everyone wants to hang out with; that everyone wants to have their picture taken with; the ones that hog all the front pages and win all the popularity contests.  It just doesn’t seem […]

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