Recipes – gluten-free

Dutch split pea soup (erwentensoep or snert)

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Slang.  It’s a term we use every day without really thinking of its precise meaning.  For instance, could you provide a coherent explanation of the difference between slang, jargon and colloquial speech?  Without a brief trip to our mutual friend Google?  If you put together various dictionary definitions of slang, you would come up with something […]

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Spaghetti squash, feta and chilli risotto

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  “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon So on Saturday 9 February I was planning to have quadrilogie de canard for lunch at LeVaffiue, Les Get in the French Alps. But life intervened and instead, I found myself lying in agony in the snow with a broken femur beside Le Yeti […]

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Braised baby turnips and radishes – and a workshop!

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When I was a teenager, I used to keep a list of songs that reminded me of particular people and events.  Looking back at them now, some songs still instantly transport be back to a particular time, place or company while other associations have been lost and can only be vaguely recalled because I wrote […]

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Creamy chickpea, spinach and zucchini curry

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Last month, my youngest nephew celebrated his seventh birthday.  On the night before his birthday, his mom was putting him to bed and noticed that he seemed a little subdued.  She asked him what was wrong and he replied:  “I’m sad because it’s my last night of being six”.  Mom responded: “But just think – […]

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Spiced pears roasted in red wine from the 66 Square Feet cookbook

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How would you define a friend? Here’s what the dictionary says: A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade. For most of human civilisation on this planet, such friends were (with rare exceptions) people […]

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Baked salmon fillets with beetroot and dill

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Force of habit – it’s a terrible thing.  We shop at the same stores, wear the same clothes, eat at the same restaurants, walk the same route to work…  over and over and over again.  It’s easy, it’s familiar and we are all guilty of it to some extent – you wake up on Monday […]

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Beetroot risotto with goat’s cheese and pine-nuts

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With touching faith in the reliability of our own senses, we humans are fond of saying “I’ll believe it when I see it with my own two eyes”.  But as anybody who has spent 10 minutes in a criminal court listening to an eye-witness being cross-examined will know, our eyes, ears and memories are notoriously […]

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