pasta

Pattypan squash pasta with capers, chilli and Parmesan

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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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Creamy chicken, pea & pesto pasta recipe

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My tax law lecturer at university used to say:  ”There are only two certainties in this life: death and taxes” – but I  beg to differ.  There is also the certainty that at any given moment on any given day, somewhere in the world, if you turn on the TV an episode of CSI or […]

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Black squid ink pasta with chorizo & basil and a Foodies Larder hamper

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We’re funny creatures, human beings. We eat our sleekly packaged organic granola for breakfast;  we spend our days at our computers talking on the Interwebs to invisible folks on the other side of the world; we fill our free time with all sorts of self-actualising activities like yoga or going to classical concerts.  We imagine […]

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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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Papardelle with goat’s cheese, beetroot, rocket & pine nuts

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So you think you got it bad?  Stressful job; nagging spouse; unruly kids; aches and pains; a ridiculous mortgage; and a soul-destroying commute? Well, here’s a reason to cheer up:  at least you’re not a fainting goat.  (Or at least I think you aren’t – because of course on the interwebs nobody knows you’re a […]

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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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Sun-dried tomato and aubergine pasta – the food of love

April 29, 2010

  If you had told me nine years ago that I would still be living in London today, I would have laughed my head off and told you you were crazy.   If you had told me nine years ago that I would someday have two adorable nephews who love me, tease me and make me […]

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