Recipes – gluten-free

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

Thumbnail image for Spiced pears roasted in red wine from the 66 Square Feet cookbook December 5, 2013

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

Thumbnail image for Baked salmon fillets with beetroot and dill November 13, 2013

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

Thumbnail image for Beetroot risotto with goat’s cheese and pine-nuts November 7, 2013

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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Salsa verde with green tomatoes and the illusion of control

Thumbnail image for Salsa verde with green tomatoes and the illusion of control October 24, 2013

In New York City, as in most cities throughout the world, there are thousands of traffic lights at intersections with pedestrian crossings, all fitted with buttons for pedestrians to press so that the light will go green for them.  Hour after hour, day in and day out,  tens of thousands of pedestrians do in fact […]

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Boereboontjies – South African beans with mashed potatoes

Thumbnail image for Boereboontjies – South African beans with mashed potatoes October 10, 2013

“Your cat likes to eat… what?”, said the teacher as she loomed over me, seemingly impossibly tall and alarmingly perplexed.  I wasn’t aware that I’d said anything particularly unusual but I was suddenly aware that all my classmates were now also looking at me.  ”Umm… asparagus, Miss,” I repeated. “You know, the long white things in […]

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Courgette & feta terrine with a roasted red pepper chipotle coulis

Thumbnail image for Courgette & feta terrine with a roasted red pepper chipotle coulis August 8, 2013

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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Papas arrugadas con mojo verde (Canary Islands wrinkled potatoes)

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When we first came to London, I remember sitting in the Tube and reading advertisements for a concert at Leeds Castle.  I remember thinking how odd – why would you travel all the way up north to Leeds when you could attend any number of concerts of all descriptions on any given night in London? […]

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