Recipes – vegetarian

Roasted cauliflower soup with garam masala for in between days

Thumbnail image for Roasted cauliflower soup with garam masala for in between days April 24, 2013

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

Thumbnail image for Easy cheesy Brussels sprout gratin December 14, 2012

  **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)

Thumbnail image for Rotkohl (braised red cabbage with apples) October 31, 2012

  “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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Chanterelle quiche with a wholewheat & thyme crust

Thumbnail image for Chanterelle quiche with a wholewheat & thyme crust October 5, 2012

Dealing with travel bookings would have been so much easier if I were a mushroom. You see, if Mr Chantrelle booked a plane ticket and turned up with a passport saying “Monsieur Girolle”, check-in staff would not bat an eyelid. Or if “Herr Pfifferling” turned up for the flight instead, they would welcome him with open arms – not only because he’s a fun guy (!) but because despite their different names, these three mushrooms are in fact one and the same delicious thing.

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Cream of asparagus soup

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  Last week, a friend’s son whom I have watched growing up from gangly young teenager to positively delightful, kind, clever,funny young man, commented on one of my Facebook timeline. I immediately noticed that he had changed his username to include some rather unusual middle names: Ponyboy Curtis – a name I have not read […]

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Tomato, olive & basil bruschetta

Thumbnail image for Tomato, olive & basil bruschetta July 11, 2012

  “The only constant in life is change”, said Greek philosopher Herakleitos, a good half century before the birth of Christ – and nothing seems to have changed since (if you’ll pardon the pun). And if you are in any doubt about the truth of his statement, just pick up and leaf through a vintage […]

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Asparagus a la Flamande and a stroll through Rue Grenelle market in Paris

Thumbnail image for Asparagus a la Flamande and a stroll through Rue Grenelle market in Paris June 13, 2012

  When I was about six years old, my late half-sister Lucille moved to France. After completing her language studies in South Africa, she went to do an Honours course in Aix-en-Provence, fell in love, got married and never moved back to South Africa.  At the time, South Africans did not really do that sort […]

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