Zwiebelkuche with a South African twist

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Regard the humble onion. We pick up bags of them, wrapped in their papery brown skins at the market, destined for every dish from a stew to a soup to a stir-fry; we complain when slicing them make us cry; but never pause to think about what amazing vegetables they are.  Because they are bulbs rather than fruit, […]

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Leftover gammon and Brussels sprout risotto

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  Out with the old, in with the new.  It’s a saying that you hear all the time at the moment as people around the world prepare to celebrate the dawning of 2015, a new year.  It’s one of those grammatically peculiar phrases that English is so good at, lacking a subject, verb or object, […]

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MKT @ The Four Seasons, San Francisco

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When I When I first arrived in the UK, I worked for a Large Soft-Drink Company as a temp. It was a crazy few months, not least of which was my one-night trip to Atlanta.  Yes, you read that correctly.  One. Night. It involved a long and convoluted story of a family moving to London […]

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Brandy and Coke glazed gammon for a South African Christmas feast

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Long before Buzzfeed or Mashable saw the light of day, I was a fan of lists.  As far back as the early 1980s, some of my brother’s and my most treasured possessions were the two volumes of the wonderful Book of Lists. The lists ranged from the banal (the world’s 5 tallest mountains) to the positively […]

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The 2014 Henley Festival with BMW and Michel Roux Jr

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There are some things that the Brits are just better at than anybody else. Off the top of my head there’s… queuing – the art of standing in an orderly line and wait amicable and patiently for your turn pomp and ceremony – think State occasions, weddings, funerals and military parades humour – the Monty […]

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Homemade cranberry clementine vodka and a Christmas cocktail

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When I was a student, we loved to play Pictionary – even more so if we could convert into a drinking game of some sort.  Of course, I always insisted on being in a team with my darling future sister-in-law Paola because a) she is a talented artist, which helps a lot; and b) we know […]

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A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

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There are many things to love about skiing.  There is the exhilaration of gliding down a snowy mountain at speed; or the sheer magic of being the first person at the top of a lift in the early morning, and then skiing down the crisp corduroy of freshly pisted snow as the golden rays of […]

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