Oxtail and red wine potjie

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Photo courtesy and © Rosana McPhee 2014   Pop quiz:  what do all the following dishes have in common? Marmite Tagine Balti Cassoulet Tian Potjie They do not seem to be linked by nationality or even broad geographic region; nor does the link seem to be ingredient-related.  They do not share an alliterative first letter; […]

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The Bingham – a Sunday lunch review

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  It is a truth universally acknowledged that the TW10 postcode in Richmond is more liberally endowed with lovely places to eat than E16, where I live, on the opposite side of London. It is also a truth universally acknowledged that attempting to drive from E16 to Richmond through the centre of London at noon […]

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Saturday Snapshots #296

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“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”  - Alphonse Karr

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Sofitel San Francisco Bay – hotel review

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  It had been a long journey from my house to San Francisco airport with a broken leg, encompassing a 6 a.m. wake-up, an hour’s taxi ride, a wheelchair to get me from check-in to the Air France gate; another wheelchair ride when I changed planes in Paris, and finally the long transatlantic flight from […]

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Radish leaf pesto

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  Back in both 2012 and 2013 Two separate bodies did a bit of research to determine how much young people today know about where their food comes from.  The 2012 survey by the charity LEAF targeted 16-23 year-olds, while the 2013 survey by the British Nutrition Foundation looked at 5-16 year-olds.  What they uncovered was pretty […]

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Pure Jersey afternoon tea at London’s Park Lane Hotel

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  “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” So wrote author Henry James and it seems that he is not alone in this sentiment.  If there is anything that cheers the heart of an Englishman (or Englishwoman!), it is a steaming cup or […]

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Saturday Snapshots #295

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  Reflections at the Pier 39 Marina, San Francisco – May 2014

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