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Zwiebelkuche with a South African twist

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Regard the humble onion. We pick up bags of them, wrapped in their papery brown skins at the market, destined for every dish from a stew to a soup to a stir-fry; we complain when slicing them make us cry; but never pause to think about what amazing vegetables they are.  Because they are bulbs rather than fruit, […]

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Wholewheat quick bread with olives, feta, spring onions and za’atar

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  It’s funny how we tend to define ourselves and out habits in absolute terms, even though anybody observing our habits from the outside would conclude that things are not nearly as absolute as we suggest.  I will tell you at the drop of a hat that I hate sport, period.  Doing it, watching it […]

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Easy apple pecan cobbler recipe

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When I was at school and just starting to learn Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem If, my mom told me a story that tickled me pink and that I think of to this day every time I see Kipling’s name.  It went like this: He:  “Do you like Kipling, my dear?” She:  I don’t know, you […]

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Mamma’s coconut tart (klappertert)

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  One of the things in life that has held a fascination for me for as long as I can remember is language. My mom always maintained that this was because she was pregnant with me while she was doing her Honours degree in English, and that I attended most of her lectures with her, but […]

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Rhubarb strawberry and ginger tarts

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 Read all the existentialist philosophers Like Schopenhauer and Jean-Paul Sartre, Even Martin Heidegger agreed on one thing: Eternal happiness is rhubarb tart. A rhubarb what? A rhubarb tart Jean-Paul who? Jean Paul Sartre. Eternal happiness is rhubarb tart. Thus spake the irrepressible Monty Python crew.  And as far as I’m concerned, recommendation don’t come better […]

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Self-saucing lemon pudding

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Don’t you just hate coming back from a lovely long holiday? Just as I am really getting into the relaxing groove, I have to pack up my stuff, say goodbye to my beloved family, and negotiate the endlessly stressful and frustrating world of commmercial passenger aviation. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t find it stressful running for […]

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Cape brandy pudding (or tipsy tart) revisited

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[As I am currently on holiday, this is an edited re-posting of one of the first traditional South African desserts that I ever posted on this blog.  There will be no Sundays in South Africa until 11 April.] It’s a fact – South Africans do like their brandy.  Not so much the sort that is meticulously aged and […]

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