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Creamy chickpea, spinach and zucchini curry

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Last month, my youngest nephew celebrated his seventh birthday.  On the night before his birthday, his mom was putting him to bed and noticed that he seemed a little subdued.  She asked him what was wrong and he replied:  “I’m sad because it’s my last night of being six”.  Mom responded: “But just think – […]

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Moroccan spiced lamb breast with herb couscous

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Compared to most people I know, we entertain rather a lot here at Cooksister HQ.  Sometimes it’s ambitious all-day braais for 30 people; sometimes more intimate lunch parties for six; sometimes just the neighbours over for dinner.  But however many people are coming, I always hope that they find my house a relaxed and comfortable […]

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Chilli con carne with a cornbread topping for my spice sisters & a Hotel Chocolat winner

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  The first time I met my twin sister, I was 40 years old. No, I wasn’t adopted; and neither was she.  And we weren’t the victims of some sort of acrimonious divorce or a long-standing parental feud.  You see it’s just that the stork that was tasked with dropping her off, dropped her off […]

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Thai-spiced roast pumpkin soup

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My hometown of Port Elizabeth has many great characteristics.  It has great people who are friendly and welcoming.  It has miles of pristine beaches.  It has all the amenities of a big city while still being a comfortably manageable size. But what it doesn’t have is four noticeable seasons. Obviously, there is summer – a […]

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South African waterblommetjie bredie

May 17, 2010

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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