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Quick pork chops with a tomato, chorizo & olive relish

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There are some food-related questions that are always really easy to answer – things like “wine or beer?” (wine); “plain or salted?” (salted); with or “without whipped cream?” (with!); or “chocolate or vanilla?” (chocolate, always chocolate!). But then there are a couple of foodie questions that I am regularly asked that make my throat close up and my palms become sweaty. Questions for which people somehow expect me to have a ready, rehearsed answer. Questions that make everyone in the room turn to me expectantly, awaiting an answer upon which I suspect my credibility as a food blogger depends.

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Tomato, olive & basil bruschetta

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  “The only constant in life is change”, said Greek philosopher Herakleitos, a good half century before the birth of Christ – and nothing seems to have changed since (if you’ll pardon the pun). And if you are in any doubt about the truth of his statement, just pick up and leaf through a vintage […]

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

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  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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Fregola Sarda with a tomato, anchovy, chilli and olive sauce

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  Many wealthy people are little more than the janitors of their possessions – Frank Lloyd Wright   Stuff.  Why are we so addicted to it – acquiring it, having it, keeping it?  On my recent trip to Cape Town I visited a good friend at his house in Cape Town. It was the most […]

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Spanish chicken bake with butter beans, chorizo and olives

February 26, 2009

I always wonder how some dishes got their names – particularly names that ascribe a certain national heritage to a dish, but which dish you won’t find on a single menu in its alleged coutry of origin. I have a recipe which I got from a friend in high school or shortly afterwards, and which my […]

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Seabass stuffed with fennel and olives

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Regular readers of this blog would be forgiven for thinking there’s something fishy going on here…  This is not the frst but the second whole fish recipe I’ve posted in about a week.  Clearly, I’m on a roll. Either that or I’m: a) too stingy to buy prepared fillets; or b) too lazy to fillet […]

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