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Dutch split pea soup (erwentensoep or snert)

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Slang.  It’s a term we use every day without really thinking of its precise meaning.  For instance, could you provide a coherent explanation of the difference between slang, jargon and colloquial speech?  Without a brief trip to our mutual friend Google?  If you put together various dictionary definitions of slang, you would come up with something […]

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Carrot and cumin soup and a 66 Square Feet recipe book giveaway

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There’s a wonderful Afrikaans poem called Sproeireën by DJ Opperman that starts: My nooi is in ‘n nartjie, my ouma in kaneel, daar’s iemand …. iemand in anys, daar’s ‘n vrou in elke geur! Roughly translated, this reads: “My sweetheart is in a clementine; my grandma is in cinnamon; there’s somebody… somebody in anise; there’s […]

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Ragu Bolognese – the official version

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What’s in a name?  Not much, you might think, going by the the tried and tested po-tay-to/po-tah-to line of reasoning.  But if you are under any illusions as to the importance of a name, here’s a little practical experiment for you: why not try starting your own soft-drink business, selling the beverage in smart red […]

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Roasted carrot and coriander soup

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  When I was back home in South Africa recently, as usual, I stayed at my brother’s house.  It’s about as different from my own house in London as you can get – and I don’t just mean because it’s a gazillion times bigger and has a swimming pool!  No, the real differences are on […]

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Confetti rice salad – celebrate!

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  A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them – Leonard Louis Levinson It’s a simple fact that there are those of us in this world for whom the glass is half […]

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Easy Moroccan lamb shank tagine with Ras el Hanout and apricots

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  We’ve all done it – admit it! We’ve all caught sight of ourselves reflected in a mirror or a window at an unexpected moment; a moment when we were totally absorbed in doing something else.  You glance up from what you are doing and suddenly there you are, in an unguarded moment; the closest approximation you […]

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Individual beef & Guinness pot pies

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  Is it just me or does it seem like just the other day that we were joyously welcoming the first fruits of summer into our kitchens? I remember going blackberry picking with Mowie and Bruce at the start of the summer (which turned into wild cherry and wild plum picking too!) as if it was […]

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