capers

Pattypan squash pasta with capers, chilli and Parmesan

Thumbnail image for Pattypan squash pasta with capers, chilli and Parmesan July 25, 2013

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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Chicken with tomato, olives and capers from “Hazan Family Favourites”

Thumbnail image for Chicken with tomato, olives and capers from “Hazan Family Favourites” May 15, 2012

  Did your family have a favourite family recipe as a child?  Well, if you did, you are not alone:  if you enter the term “family favourite recipes” into Google, you will get quite a few results – 27 million results to be exact.  As you look through them, there is obviously some regional variation: […]

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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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Nasturtium leaf salad

July 15, 2007

Astonishingly, it seems that the teeniest little bit of summer has finally arrived in the UK!  I mean, we have had two weekends in a row of reasonable weather (well, not raining, that is…) and I have finally had a chance to spend some time in my sadly neglected garden.  I must say that despite […]

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