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

Thumbnail image for 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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Cheat’s risotto (for very lazy or very hungry people!)

Thumbnail image for Cheat’s risotto (for very lazy or very hungry people!) January 22, 2010

  What if Cambridge University had stipulated physical attractiveness as one of their criteria… and refused to employ modern genius Stephen Hawking on this basis? What if Britain’s Got Talent imposed a “size zero” size limit on contestants… and failed to select runaway singing success Susan Boyle on that basis? Or what if Hollywood studios […]

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Chickpea salad with tomatoes, basil and feta

Thumbnail image for Chickpea salad with tomatoes, basil and feta October 26, 2009

  Hands up - who’s heard of a mondegreen? Nope, I hadn’t either, until I discovered the wonderful world of blogging five years ago.  Obviously, the majority of blogs I read were food blogs, but I also followed a number of fascinating non-food blogs, one of which was the witty, erudite and always fascinating Language Log. […]

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Spanish chicken bake with butter beans, chorizo and olives

February 26, 2009

I always wonder how some dishes got their names – particularly names that ascribe a certain national heritage to a dish, but which dish you won’t find on a single menu in its alleged coutry of origin. I have a recipe which I got from a friend in high school or shortly afterwards, and which my […]

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Pizza fish – fun for the whole family

February 6, 2009

It is a truth universally acknowledged that most children have a highly skeptical opinion of the value of eating vegetables. Everyone I know has a story about hiding their peas under their chicken bones to avoid eating them; or scooping pumpkin onto their sibling’s plate when said sibling wasn’t looking; or surreptitiously passing vegetables to their pet […]

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Nasturtium leaf salad

July 15, 2007

Astonishingly, it seems that the teeniest little bit of summer has finally arrived in the UK!  I mean, we have had two weekends in a row of reasonable weather (well, not raining, that is…) and I have finally had a chance to spend some time in my sadly neglected garden.  I must say that despite […]

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Train smash and mealiepap: A bit on the side, Part 1

July 28, 2004

Well, as promised in my recent post on stuffed beef fillet on the braai for IMBB6, I have put together a few authentically South African side dishes for a braai or barbecue. As I mentioned in the original post, braais have come a long way since the days of our forefathers and today you are […]

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