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Spaghetti with chorizo meatballs and homemade tomato sauce

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There are those people who say that you shouldn’t mess with classics. People who start hyperventilating with indignation when you suggest putting anything on a pizza other than the ingredients that a nonna would have had at her disposal in 18th century Napoli.  People who write angry letters to the local paper when their classic […]

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Pattypan squash pasta with capers, chilli and Parmesan

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The Afrikaans language, my mother tongue,  is nothing if not creative in its descriptions – and sometimes far more so than English. Think, for example, of: trapsuutjies (literally “step quietly”) = a chameleon haelgeweer (literally “hail gun”) = shotgun vangwa (literally “catching van”) = a police van luislang (literally “lazy snake”) = a python spookasem […]

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Black squid ink pasta with chorizo & basil and a Foodies Larder hamper

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We’re funny creatures, human beings. We eat our sleekly packaged organic granola for breakfast;  we spend our days at our computers talking on the Interwebs to invisible folks on the other side of the world; we fill our free time with all sorts of self-actualising activities like yoga or going to classical concerts.  We imagine […]

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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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Pea, feta cheese and basil frittata

November 5, 2009

During World War II, 67,000 Italian prisoners of war mainly from the conflict in North Africa were sent out to South Africa where they were mainly housed in the Zonderwater POW camp in what was then the Transvaal. (You can read more about the camp here – but suffice to say that after the war the Camp Commandant Prinsloo […]

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Chickpea salad with tomatoes, basil and feta

October 26, 2009

  Hands up - who’s heard of a mondegreen? Nope, I hadn’t either, until I discovered the wonderful world of blogging five years ago.  Obviously, the majority of blogs I read were food blogs, but I also followed a number of fascinating non-food blogs, one of which was the witty, erudite and always fascinating Language Log. […]

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Haddock and Parma ham parcels – a quick dinner part trick

May 21, 2006

Despite my spectacular lack of blogging about it, most of you will be aware that Nick and I travelled to Mexico last year to attend the wedding of our good friends Adam and Iliana.  Now Iliana is a woman after my own heart – she loves food and she loves to cook.  I mean, this […]

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