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Radish leaf pesto

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  Back in both 2012 and 2013 Two separate bodies did a bit of research to determine how much young people today know about where their food comes from.  The 2012 survey by the charity LEAF targeted 16-23 year-olds, while the 2013 survey by the British Nutrition Foundation looked at 5-16 year-olds.  What they uncovered was pretty […]

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Spaghetti squash, feta and chilli risotto

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  “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon So on Saturday 9 February I was planning to have quadrilogie de canard for lunch at LeVaffiue, Les Get in the French Alps. But life intervened and instead, I found myself lying in agony in the snow with a broken femur beside Le Yeti […]

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Pattypan squash pasta with capers, chilli and Parmesan

Thumbnail image for Pattypan squash pasta with capers, chilli and Parmesan July 25, 2013

The Afrikaans language, my mother tongue,  is nothing if not creative in its descriptions – and sometimes far more so than English. Think, for example, of: trapsuutjies (literally “step quietly”) = a chameleon haelgeweer (literally “hail gun”) = shotgun vangwa (literally “catching van”) = a police van luislang (literally “lazy snake”) = a python spookasem […]

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Olive & onion tartlets

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  Bittersweet.  I think that’s probably the first oxymoron I learnt at school and I remember thinking that the name oxymoron was entirely apt.  What kind of moron would describe something as both bitter and sweet at the same time (ah, the logic of the teenager!).  It’s only later in life that you begin to […]

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Prawn and lemon pepper risotto

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  There is a wonderful poem by Philip Larkin (a poet who was offered the position of Poet Laureate in 1984 but turned it down) called “This be the verse” that starts like this (warning – profanity ahoy!):   They fuck you up, your mum and dad.   They may not mean to, but they do. They […]

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Zucchini, tomato pesto & Parmesan tart

Thumbnail image for Zucchini, tomato pesto & Parmesan tart June 25, 2010

  About thirteen years ago, I travelled to the USA with three of my dear friends Paul (he of the Famous Butternut Soup), Duncan and Adrian.  Most of my friends who had been to the USA had been to New York, Las Vegas or San Francisco, all home to a multitude of tourist attractions.  But […]

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Asparagus salad with pesto and Parmesan

Thumbnail image for Asparagus salad with pesto and Parmesan June 17, 2010

Isn’t it funny how some words are more fun to say out loud than others?  Bibulous.  Molybdenum. Flibbertigibbet. Asparagus.  Assssparrrrragus! Say it out loud!  And clearly TS Eliot agreed with me – he named one of the feline characters in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats Asparagus: Gus is the cat at the Theatre Door. […]

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