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Brandy and Coke glazed gammon for a South African Christmas feast

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Long before Buzzfeed or Mashable saw the light of day, I was a fan of lists.  As far back as the early 1980s, some of my brother’s and my most treasured possessions were the two volumes of the wonderful Book of Lists. The lists ranged from the banal (the world’s 5 tallest mountains) to the positively […]

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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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Braised baby turnips and radishes – and a workshop!

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When I was a teenager, I used to keep a list of songs that reminded me of particular people and events.  Looking back at them now, some songs still instantly transport be back to a particular time, place or company while other associations have been lost and can only be vaguely recalled because I wrote […]

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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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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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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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