Recipes – pulses

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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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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Red lentil soup with harissa croutons

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“Life is a rollercoaster” warbled Ronan Keating – and despite not being a fan of boybands, and looking back at the past 10 days here at Cooksister HQ, I have to say that I think he had a point.  The Big Thunder Mountain experience started with a plunge into discovering that somebody I know is […]

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Easy homemade hummus with South African chakalaka spice – inspired by the 2013 McCormick Flavour Forecast

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Back in 2009 when I was writing a bi-weekly column for the Food24 website, I wrote a piece called The Shock of the New, all about a document called the Flavour Forecast brought out annually by American spice company McCormick (known as the ubiquitous Schwartz spices here in the UK). The Flavour Forecast is the result […]

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Sausage and cannellini bean gratin with kale and Parmesan

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  In the late summer of 2010 we rented a villa on the Costa Tropical in Spain, near Almunecar (which turns out to be the source of every cherimoya fruit I’ve seen since!).  The villa was gorgeous, perched high up on a hillside with a 180 degree view of the blue Mediterranean and spectacular sunsets […]

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Spanish chicken bake with butter beans, chorizo and olives

February 26, 2009

I always wonder how some dishes got their names – particularly names that ascribe a certain national heritage to a dish, but which dish you won’t find on a single menu in its alleged coutry of origin. I have a recipe which I got from a friend in high school or shortly afterwards, and which my […]

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Easy sausage & bean casserole with herb dumplings for IMBB #11

January 23, 2005

  Family legends – there’s nothing to beat them.  All those catchphrases, anecdotes, made-up words and in-jokes that form the glue that bind together a group of people across the miles and across the years.  Our family seems to be a particularly rich source, possibly because we have more eccentricity per square chromosome than most […]

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