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Whole leg of lamb on the braai/BBQ

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People often ask me who my favourite chef or cookbook writer is, and I never hesitate to answer Nigel Slater.  His Kitchen Diaries transformed the way I thought about cookbooks – here for the first time was somebody who cooked exactly the way I aspired to – and took aspirational photos to boot!  I love […]

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Curried vegetable potjiekos

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  A colleague of mine recently returned from a week of watching FIFA 2010 World Cup football in South Africa.  He said the football was so-so, but he loved the country – and the food.  Because he stayed with friends rather than in a hotel, he really got to eat what the locals ate.  The first […]

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South African waterblommetjie bredie

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When most people think of edible flowers, they picture a couple of nasturtiums strewn across a salad; maybe a pansy garnish; or some sugared rose petals on a cake.  What flowers are not usually associated with are hearty stews.  That is, unless you come from the Western Cape region of South Africa! I have written before […]

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Spicy Moroccan chicken tagine

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I am a firm believer that there are a number of ways in which the world can definitively be divided into two types of people: People who can touch their toes and those who can’t. People who are fundamentally dishonest and those who aren’t. Starfish sleepers and corpse sleepers. And people who love hot chilli […]

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Grilled Halloumi cheese with Zaa’tar and roasted red pepper coulis

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I’ve asked this question before – let me ask it again:  who the heck is Valentine’s Day meant to please?  Single people feel depressed at being left out of all the saccharine togetherness; and people in relationships feel depressed because their relationships don’t measure up to the fantasy portrayed by the media - or resentful because they are […]

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Joumou soup – a recipe from Haiti

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**H2Ope for Haiti update** I hope that you have all heard by now that the deadline for entering the H2Ope for Haiti charity raffle has been extended until midnight GMT on Sunday 7 March. The event is raising money for Concern Worldwide, a well-established charity that was already operating in Haiti at the time of the January 12th […]

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