Rhubarb and pear muffins

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“The more you learn, the more you realise how much you don’t know” goes the familiar saying – and how true it is.  I remember the first year I knew Nick and he was living in a tiny shared cottage in my hometown, while I was still living with my parents.  I knew from the […]

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Spiced maple pear and oat muffins

Thumbnail image for Spiced maple pear and oat muffins September 20, 2012

A few years after I had stopped lecturing, I bumped into an ex student of mine. We chatted for a while about what we were up to these days before he told me that I was one of the best lecturers he had ever had. But as my chest swelled with pride, he instantly burst my bubble by saying that the one thing he will never forget about my classes was not understanding how human rights work; or how to form a contract – but “the joke about the pear”.

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Spiced pear, blackberry & pistachio crumble

Thumbnail image for Spiced pear, blackberry & pistachio crumble November 13, 2009

  Don’t you hate it when something looks beautiful on the outside but the inside does not live up to expectations? That gorgeous boy you always adored from afar on the beach… who turned out to be as thick as two short planks with stinky feet and bad breath. The cookbook with the glossy cover… […]

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Spiced pear, apple & pistachio crisp for a snowy day

February 5, 2009

I supposed you’ve all seen the comedy news items by now:  “London paralysed by a foot of snow!”  Or the report that the Government’s high-tech plan to ensure that Prime Minister Gordon Brown and visiting dignitaries did not slip and break their necks on ice outside no. 10 Downing Street consisted of, umm, a man with a […]

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Spiced poached pears and a pre-wedding lunch

May 3, 2007

As I have said many times before, one of the very best things about this blogging lark is the fact that you meet such amazing people.  And when you have a food or wine query you no longer have to rely solely on the internet – you have a whole network of well-informed friends who […]

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Pear and cardamom tarte tatin

April 27, 2007

Synchronicity, n:  a meaningful coincidence; when disparate events unexpectedly come together perfectly.  Take, for example, a weekend earlier this year.  Disparate Event 1:  I had friends coming over for lunch and was pondering what to make for dessert.  Disparate Event 2:  I had read Johanna’s recipe for a savoury tarte tatin and was so keen […]

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Scenes from a braai I – pork fillet stuffed with pear and sage

September 6, 2006

So as I mentioned, a couple of weeks ago we managed to attend three braais in as many days and each of these featured at least one great recipe.  The first of the three took place after work on the Friday night at chez nous – I have already posted here about the fabulous cherry […]

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