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Spaghetti squash, feta and chilli risotto

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  “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon So on Saturday 9 February I was planning to have quadrilogie de canard for lunch at LeVaffiue, Les Get in the French Alps. But life intervened and instead, I found myself lying in agony in the snow with a broken femur beside Le Yeti […]

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French onion soup with Comté cheese toasts

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We have a lot for which to thank the ancient Greeks. They helped us to make sense of the world by coming up with philosophy, geometry and astronomy.  They gave us small  but useful things like levers, screws and coins.  They are credited with inventing the concept of the map, the umbrella, the thermometer and […]

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Prawn and lemon pepper risotto

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  There is a wonderful poem by Philip Larkin (a poet who was offered the position of Poet Laureate in 1984 but turned it down) called “This be the verse” that starts like this (warning – profanity ahoy!):   They fuck you up, your mum and dad.   They may not mean to, but they do. They […]

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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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Moules & frites

September 26, 2005

Living in the East End of London might seem like an odd decision.  Nobody has ever heard the suburb I live in.  People look at me aghast when I say the postcode is E16.  Friends ask me “do trains run there?” (do I look as if I walk everywhere?!?) But there are huge plusses.  I […]

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