Vegetable side dishes

French beans with toasted almonds and garlic

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  And so once again, while nobody was looking, the festive season rolled into town.  One minute I was getting sunburnt at the Henley regatta; the next we were watching Guy Fawkes fireworks; and the next I opened my curtains to see that the caravans of the festive season had arrived like gypsies in the […]

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Thai-spiced roast pumpkin soup

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My hometown of Port Elizabeth has many great characteristics.  It has great people who are friendly and welcoming.  It has miles of pristine beaches.  It has all the amenities of a big city while still being a comfortably manageable size. But what it doesn’t have is four noticeable seasons. Obviously, there is summer – a […]

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Foul mudammas – fava beans with garlic, lemon juice & olive oil

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  What’s in a name? Maybe we should ask some of the big companies that experienced translation problems with their products in recent years. Consider, for example… … the Mitsubishi Pajero.  These 4×4 vehicles were all the rage in South Africa’s moneyed classes in the mid-1990s.  But in Spanish slang, pajero is a term for a […]

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Gem squash central – how to find them, how to grow them, how to eat them!

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No doubt my non-South African readers are scratching their head and asking what the hell is a gem squash and why do we need a whole post dedicated to them. Well, let me tell you – it is probably the thing that South Africans abroad crave the most, and one of the more frustratingly unobtainable. In fact, […]

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Runner bean and feta gratin

Thumbnail image for Runner bean and feta gratin October 6, 2010

Ah, October.  How did you swing around again so fast? October is… … the 10th month in the Gregorian calendar (which we use today) but was the eighth month in the Roman calendar, hence the “oct” part of its name. … the month in which we celebrate St Crispin’s Day (patron saint of shoemakers) … […]

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Curried vegetable potjiekos

June 29, 2010

A colleague of mine recently returned from a week of watching FIFA 2010 World Cup football in South Africa.  He said the football was so-so, but he loved the country – and the food.  Because he stayed with friends rather than in a hotel, he really got to eat what the locals ate.  The first thing […]

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Asparagus salad with pesto and Parmesan

June 17, 2010

Isn't it funny how some words are more fun to say out loud than others?  Bibulous.  Molybdenum. Flibbertigibbet. Asparagus.  Assssparrrrragus! Say it out loud!  And clearly TS Eliot agreed with me – he named one of the feline characters in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Asparagus: Gus is the cat at the Theatre Door.His […]

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