Vegetable side dishes

Spicy rainbow chard on creamy polenta

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I can always spot them.  So can you.  And who are they? The cool kids. You know, they are the ones that everyone wants to hang out with; that everyone wants to have their picture taken with; the ones that hog all the front pages and win all the popularity contests.  It just doesn’t seem […]

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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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Gem squash with a cheesy spicy creamed sweetcorn filling

Thumbnail image for Gem squash with a cheesy spicy creamed sweetcorn filling October 17, 2013

“Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.” Wise words indeed from American author Tad Williams, […]

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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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Pattypan, zucchini, halloumi & pepper kebabs on the braai / BBQ

Thumbnail image for Pattypan, zucchini, halloumi & pepper kebabs on the braai / BBQ October 3, 2013

  Aldous Huxley wrote: “Several excuses are always less convincing than one.” I could give you several excuses for the lack of posts around here over the past two weeks.  I could say that I caught a stinking cold on 18 September, just before we went on holiday, and I’m still shaking it off.  I […]

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Pattypan squash with a cheesy bacon stuffing

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  A colleague whose mother tongue is not English once confided in me that to her, the most annoying thing that Brits do is to speak in idioms and then look surprised when people don’t understand what they are getting at. If you think about it, the entire English language is peppered with idioms, some […]

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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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