Recipes – vegetarian

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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Spring greens with blue cheese

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  Predictions.  What is it about them that the human race simply cannot resist??  Nostradamus made a career out of making them.  Generations of scarf-swathed women in heavy black eyeliner with cards or crystal balls or tea-leaves have made a good living out of them (or got condemned to death on account of being a […]

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Steak on a blue cheese, spinach & pecan risotto

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  As I have said before, I do love a good simile.  One of my favourite wine-related similes is this: Men are like a fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it’s our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you’d like to have […]

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Grilled goat’s cheese and pear salad with cranberries & pine nuts

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  So, hands up – who likes this time of year? It’s grey outside… the sun sets by 4pm (well, it does in London!)… you’re broke after the Christmas spending extravaganza… your diet is staring you in the face demanding some action… and your New Year’s resolutions may already be just a vague memory. Hmmm, […]

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Sautéed Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic, lemon & chilli

Thumbnail image for Sautéed Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic, lemon & chilli December 19, 2011

  One of the disadvantages of having our dining room in the conservatory at the back of the house is that there is no hiding your kitchen and your work-in-progress from your guests.  I am inevitably in the kitchen when guests arrive and they either pop in to say hi before returning to the lounge, or […]

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Christmas pudding semifreddo with cinnamon streusel and brandy sauce

Thumbnail image for Christmas pudding semifreddo with cinnamon streusel and brandy sauce December 15, 2011

  One of the things people often ask me at this time of year is what some proper South African Christmas traditions are. It’s at times like this when I am faced with the sudden urge to make up something totally outlandish, along the lines of “first, you have to feed the giraffes their customary mince pies, otherwise they […]

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