Recipes – gluten-free

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

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“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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Glazed radishes on garlicky radish greens

Thumbnail image for Glazed radishes on garlicky radish greens July 3, 2013

A few years ago, I used to run a blogging event together with by blogging BFFs Andrew and Johanna.  Some of you may remember it: Waiter, There’s Something in My…  Every month we came up with a theme and asked people to make dish that fit in with the theme.  Some were easy:  soup with […]

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Potato salad with chive flowers and my Pinterest love affair

Thumbnail image for Potato salad with chive flowers and my Pinterest love affair June 4, 2013

Jimmy Soul sang: If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life Never make a pretty woman your wife So from my personal point of view Get an ugly girl to marry you If I am after a great meal, I will almost automatically shy away from a restaurant with a pretty view, […]

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Strawberry carpaccio with smoked balsamic reduction and toasted pistachios

Thumbnail image for Strawberry carpaccio with smoked balsamic reduction and toasted pistachios May 22, 2013

When my brother and I were teenagers, we went through a phase (doesn’t everyone?) of wanting to start a band. I could play the piano; he could play the saxophone (well it was the 1980s – saxophones were de reigeur for all self-respecting bands); we could both write lyrics; and his friend Clinton Smith was willing to […]

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