potatoes

Boereboontjies – South African beans with mashed potatoes

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“Your cat likes to eat… what?”, said the teacher as she loomed over me, seemingly impossibly tall and alarmingly perplexed.  I wasn’t aware that I’d said anything particularly unusual but I was suddenly aware that all my classmates were now also looking at me.  “Umm… asparagus, Miss,” I repeated. “You know, the long white things in […]

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Papas arrugadas con mojo verde (Canary Islands wrinkled potatoes)

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When we first came to London, I remember sitting in the Tube and reading advertisements for a concert at Leeds Castle.  I remember thinking how odd – why would you travel all the way up north to Leeds when you could attend any number of concerts of all descriptions on any given night in London? […]

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Pan-fried fish fillets with capers on pesto mash

Thumbnail image for Pan-fried fish fillets with capers on pesto mash August 19, 2010

  Capers.  Slippery little suckers, aren’t they? I mean, for a start, what are they?  Seeds?  Berries?  What??  I grew up believing I knew exactly what they were.  My father told me that they were the pickled seeds of the nasturtium plant and seeing as the Afrikaans word for nasturtium is kappertjie, there seemed to be an […]

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South African waterblommetjie bredie

May 17, 2010

When most people think of edible flowers, they picture a couple of nasturtiums strewn across a salad; maybe a pansy garnish; or some sugared rose petals on a cake.  What flowers are not usually associated with are hearty stews.  That is, unless you come from the Western Cape region of South Africa! I have written before […]

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Foodbuzz 24,24,24: Celebrate Scotland with a Burns Night dinner

January 25, 2009

In the flickering candlelight, there is a man in a skirt approaching me, carrying both a knife and a stuffed sheep’s stomach, and somewhere in the background I can hear a sound like a cat strapped to some Mediaeval instrument of torture. Oh no… wait. It’s bagpipe music. And no, I’m, not being inducted into […]

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Hasselback potatoes and the first braai of 2007

February 20, 2007

Since arriving in England, I have learnt that January and February are probably the worst months to be here.  Autumn lingers into November with wonderful crisp days and the smell of woodsmoke and the colour of the leaves.  Then it’s December with all the magic of the Christmas build-up.  And then January dawns and you’re […]

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Traditional English food#1 – Lancashire Hotpot

May 6, 2005

Here at the tail-end of the English winter I am suddenly having cravings for casseroles and stews – warm, nourishing comfort foods that fragrance the entire house while they simmer away on the stove or in the oven.  I’m not sure if the sudden craving stems from the knowledge that I won’t feel like them […]

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