Recipes – vegetarian

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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How to make fried stuffed zucchini flowers

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  There is a wonderful anecdote that I came across recently that purports to date back to the days of British colonial rule in India.  The British government had become concerned about the number of venomous cobras at large in the city of Delhi and decided to combat the problem by offering citizens a bounty […]

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Glazed radishes on garlicky radish greens

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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

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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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Roasted cauliflower soup with garam masala for in between days

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In between days. It’s a phrase that seems designed to enable people to overlay any meaning they wish onto it; a phrase that changes meaning for me depending on what is going on in my life.  I first heard it as the title of a wonderful song by The Cure and like a pebble in […]

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Easy cheesy Brussels sprout gratin

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  **STOP PRESS** The Randomizer.org has spoken and chosen the winner of the Bluebasil gourmet brownies giveaway – and the winner is EMMA  HOWARD! Congratulations, Emma – we will be in touch soon via e-mail to arrange for delivery of your prize! ** Over the summer, I spent a weekend in Paris and met up […]

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Rotkohl (braised red cabbage with apples)

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  “The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things; Of shoes and ships and sealing wax; of cabbages and kings…”  So wrote Lewis Carroll in The Walrus and the Carpenter, one of the very few poems in which the humble cabbage gets a mention.  Can anybody actually think of another notable cabbage […]

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