Pasta & rice

Pasta with creamy chanterelles and toasted almonds

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They say that travel broadens the mind.  I can certainly attest to that, but I could also add a few other talents that travel has.  It empties the pockets and fills the camera memory card. It broadens the beam (so to speak!). And it decks the halls with useless knicknacks from a thousand eager street […]

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Nduja, bell pepper and basil risotto

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If you enjoy this recipe, please VOTE FOR ME in the Nduja challenge on Facebook – voting open till Friday 19 August!   It’s often been said that the world can be divided into two types of people – although just where the dividing line lies has been the subject of much heated debate!  Some […]

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Asparagus, lemon and mint risotto

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  If there is one language I long to speak, it is Italian.  It is a language that you don’t just speak – you inhabit it with your entire body.  Watching people at a train station talking on their mobile phones, it is impossible not to guess immediately who the Italian is.  Most people will […]

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Jewelled couscous with pomegranate and almonds

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One of my favourite books of all time is Tom Robbins’ Still Life With Woodpecker.  I remember a friend lending it to me, reading it, and being enchanted right from the start by Robbins’ quirky, memorable characters and poetic way with words.  Without giving the game away too much, the book asks the question “how do […]

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Prawn and lemon pepper risotto

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  There is a wonderful poem by Philip Larkin (a poet who was offered the position of Poet Laureate in 1984 but turned it down) called “This be the verse” that starts like this (warning – profanity ahoy!):   They fuck you up, your mum and dad.   They may not mean to, but they do. They […]

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Smoked salmon, vodka and pea pasta – and a Kinvara salmon hamper

Thumbnail image for Smoked salmon, vodka and pea pasta – and a Kinvara salmon hamper July 8, 2010

I have been reading a few articles lately about “the expat experience” in London (as if there is only ONE experience expats can possibly have!).  With all the fantastic vibe that has been generated in South Africa with the tremendously successful FIFA World Cup 2010, it seems to have become fashionable to paint South Africans living […]

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Sun-dried tomato and aubergine pasta – the food of love

April 29, 2010

  If you had told me nine years ago that I would still be living in London today, I would have laughed my head off and told you you were crazy.   If you had told me nine years ago that I would someday have two adorable nephews who love me, tease me and make me […]

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