Recipes – vegetarian

Chanterelle quiche with a wholewheat & thyme crust

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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

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  “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

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  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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Fennel and blood orange salad with toasted pistachios

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  “You can’t go swimming for at least an hour after lunch, otherwise you’ll get cramp and drown!” “While you are living under my roof, you’ll abide by my rules.” “You’re going out wearing that?  You’ll catch your death of cold!” “I didn’t ask you how it got there, I asked you to pick it […]

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Confetti rice salad – celebrate!

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  A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them – Leonard Louis Levinson It’s a simple fact that there are those of us in this world for whom the glass is half […]

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Cream of celery soup and memories

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  When I had to write and deliver the eulogy at my father’s funeral nearly a year ago, I remember starting off by listing the things for which my father probably wanted to be remembered. He was a complicated and, in some ways, a vain man who would have listed his achievements as being a […]

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