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Avocado & Parma ham eggs Benedict with fearless Hollandaise

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We’ve all heard of xenophobia (fear of strangers), claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) and arachnophobia (fear of spiders). Those who have done a bit of extra reading can probably also tell you that coulrophobia is the fear of clowns (surprisingly prevalent); that microphobia is the fear of small things; and that astraphobia is the fear […]

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Mustard-crusted pork chops with caramelised apple rings

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“Comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love” No, not from a Shakespeare sonnet but, surprisingly, from the Bible (Song of Solomon 2:5, to  be exact) – a book more filled with food and drink references than you’d think.  It’s a very evocative phrase, and one of great beauty – so much so that […]

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French onion soup with Comté cheese toasts

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We have a lot for which to thank the ancient Greeks. They helped us to make sense of the world by coming up with philosophy, geometry and astronomy.  They gave us small  but useful things like levers, screws and coins.  They are credited with inventing the concept of the map, the umbrella, the thermometer and […]

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White chocolate cheesecake with rhubarb

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  There are some dishes that most people, even those who do not consider themselves particularly gifted in the kitchen, are happy to make.  Things like pasta; a stir fry; sausages and mash; or a grilled cheese sandwich.  Then there are those dishes that people feel slightly nervous about cooking – often unfairly so – […]

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Decadent mint chocolate chip brownie recipe

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  ” Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry and you cry alone”, wrote author Stanley Gordon West. I’m not sure I entirely agree with all of this, but it is true that when you smile, it seems to elicit smiles from other people.  In fact, smiling is one of those activities that we all […]

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Blackberry cheesecake in a glass

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Please remember to vote for me in the South African Blog Awards where I am a finalist in the Best Food and Best Overseas Blog categories!  You can vote once a day till 17 September.  Thanks! Cheesecake.  When I was a kid I always thought this term was one of the biggest lies that adults […]

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Pan-fried fish fillets with capers on pesto mash

Thumbnail image for Pan-fried fish fillets with capers on pesto mash August 19, 2010

  Capers.  Slippery little suckers, aren’t they? I mean, for a start, what are they?  Seeds?  Berries?  What??  I grew up believing I knew exactly what they were.  My father told me that they were the pickled seeds of the nasturtium plant and seeing as the Afrikaans word for nasturtium is kappertjie, there seemed to be an […]

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