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August 2016

rosemary focaccia

Rosemary Focaccia

We were recently reminiscing the fact that we hadn’t had rosemary focaccia for a very long time so set out to rectify this omission. And we weren’t disappointed. Once upon a time this bread was a staple that was whipped up whenever Spicy Pumpkin Soup was…

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August 27, 2016
Blueberry crumble cake

Blueberry Crumble Cake

I’m a sucker for beautifully produced cookbooks. The ones that entice you with amazing photography and thoughtful layout. Oh, and don’t forget the matt paper, not an ounce of gloss to be found. This is the book I will take off the shelf every time. The touch and…

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August 24, 2016

Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is wonderful for cool weather. Its hearty and satisfying, and makes great leftovers for the next day, if there is any. It took a while for everyone to warm to this dish. They always loved red lentils, which I use to make dahl,…

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August 20, 2016
Re-covered chair

New old chairs

Many years ago we bought a dining room table, 6 chairs and a sideboard from a second hand shop. They insisted we couldn’t just buy the chairs, we had to take the lot. So we did. The table went to a needy student, the…

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August 17, 2016
Chicken with pearl couscous

Chicken pearl couscous salad with pesto dressing

We have a love hate relationship with pearl (Israeli) couscous. Some of us love it, others hate it. Recently one of the haters was away for the weekend, so we seized the opportunity to make this delicious salad, which has pearl couscous as a…

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August 13, 2016
chocolate truffle cake

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Not all cakes are created equal. There’s everyday cakes and there’s special cakes. How do you distinguish between the two? It’s simple. Everyday cakes make you think about what you are baking. How much sugar you are adding; the quantity of chocolate that goes into…

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August 10, 2016
Berry Smoothie

Berry Smoothie

A berry smoothie is great any time of day. We used to make them using a blender. It did the job, but you had to stop it and shake it to encourage it to moosh the fruit into a liquid. If you listen to the ads on…

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August 6, 2016


Reading July: After the intensity of A Little Life last month, I went seeking something shorter and a little less full-on, and stumbled upon Darkness On The Edge of Town by Jessie Cole. I picked this up at the local library and was lured…

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August 3, 2016