QUAH AND QUAFFING

Alvin Quah and I agree firmly on two things; we both think food is a religion and we’d both jump at the chance to have Gary Mehigan’s babies … My excitement at having the opportunity to cook with this Masterchef Australia contestant, who was my favourite in Season 2 / 2010 of the series, was…

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DE PROFUNDIS, POMPOSITY AND PUMPKIN FLOWERS

If your head is buried deeply between your own buttocks, you can’t look up and see the sunshine. This I know to be true. I wanted to eat of the fruit of all the trees in the garden of the world… And so, indeed, I went out, and so I lived. My only mistake was…

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NOT BREAD ALONE

Man, it has been widely said, cannot live on bread alone. This idiom, from the Bible, is explained in a more secular manner by thefreedictionary.com as “something that you say which means people need things such as art, music and poetry as well as food, in order to live a happy life …” What happiness,…

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HAPPENSTANCE, PANSIES AND WONTONS

This ‘Post A Day’ malarkey was not clever of WordPress. Firstly, it creates unnecessary pressure on the blogger to come up with meaningful content every day. Secondly, it is extremely stressful, if you are away from the internet for a single day, to catch up with your friends’ posts. I’ve decided not to worry too…

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FEED ‘EM IN COMPARTMENTS

“There’s no such thing as a tough child – if you parboil them for seven hours, they always come out tender.” W.C. Fields (1880-1946) In the early pages of Mark Haddon’s novel ‘The curious incident of the dog in the night-time’ we learn – from the young protagonist, Christopher – that children with Asperger Syndrome…

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BORER BEETLES AND CUSTARD MINGLES

Borer beetles are more interesting than custard! One species, the Death Watch Beetle, to attract mates, create a tapping or ticking sound that can be heard in the rafters of old buildings on quiet summer nights. They are therefore associated with quiet, sleepless nights and are named for the vigil (watch) kept beside the dying…

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NOVEMBER IN MY KITCHEN

And so begins November, also known as ‘Mo-vember’; thus explained by Wikipedia: Movember (a portmanteau of “moustache” and “November”) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November. The event was conceived in 1999 by a group of Australian men from Adelaide. Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has…

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MONDAY THINGS

I watch a fair whack of food programmes on TV and – instead of keeping a notebook handy to jot things down – I rely on my memory to come through when I eventually decide to cook the dish. Not a good idea. I saw someone (most likely Ina Garten) make a warm pasta salad…

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CHOCOLATE CAKE AND KISSING DOGS

Once upon a time………. …………they all lived happily ever after. That’s Sidey’s challenge this week. Unfortunately, tales of happy ever after are far and far between. Instead, we stumble over minutiae; electrical appliances die, as do loved ones. Bills arrive at inopportune moments and the car needs a service, but only after the cat has…

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PUMPKIN GRINCH

A Google search for ‘pumpkin quotes’ yields “About 3,660,000 results (0.14 seconds).” Yes, more than three-and-a-half million results. The world has gone bananas with Halloween fever, and that includes South Africa. Pumpkins are selling for between R70 and R100. I’ve no idea what today’s exchange rate to the US$ us, but – as a Facebook…

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VERY SHARP

” Now we have heard how Mrs. Sedley had prepared a fine curry for her son, just as he liked it, and in the course of dinner a portion of this dish was offered to Rebecca. “What is it?” said she, turning an appealing look to Mr. Joseph. “Capital,” said he. His mouth was full…

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DRIPS, DRAINS AND CANNELLONI TUBES

With the exception that it is full of ill people wearing drips, drains and dressings, the hospital I was at is much like a hotel. In the mornings, one is presented with the day’s menus from which to select the three meals of the day. For the first six days of my stay, I ate…

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