Category Archives: Gastronomically speaking

A glowing account of glühwein

PICTURE the scene: The year is 1321 and we are in the cold, poorly-lit confines of the wine cellar in an ancient monastery, which is built on the steep, snowy slopes above a small village in Württemberg, Germany. Brother Klaus … Continue reading

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Cooking with Margot Janse – and being married to a froopie

FROOPIES are all around us, and their numbers, I believe, are growing. Froopies…you know…food groupies. Get it? They are those fervent food fans, who – star-struck by celebrity culinistas à la mode – worship domestic goddesses like Nigella Lawson, hang … Continue reading

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Hooked on trout

IT is hard to believe that 25 years ago, when the Stubbs brothers – Andrew, David and Greg – scooped their first tussling netfuls of market-ready rainbow trout from the few tanks they had installed alongside the crystal clear stream … Continue reading

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Sex up your soup

THE problem with soup, said my über-hyper marketing-guru friend, Emile, as he paused momentarily between spoonfuls of vichyssoise at a recent dinner party, is that it has a boring image. It needs, he went on, to undergo an extreme brand … Continue reading

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When the (slap) chips are down – and other interesting stuff about fries

GIVEN my penchant for potatoes, I was pleased to see French fries presented in a positive light in the headlines this month – not once, but twice. In the first instance, in a petrol-head-turns-potato-head story entitled “Behold the car that … Continue reading

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Pomegranates – the fruit of pharaohs, goddesses and other famous folk

Pomegranates have long been revered in the Middle East and finally the rest of us are finding out why. WHEN, about 3 333 years ago, 19 year old Tutankhamen was entombed in the Valley of the Kings, his entourage apparently … Continue reading

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The ultimate “sweet, my bru” kind of workshop: chocolate-making

THERE are workshops and there are workshops. Sometimes they are even useful: particularly when you actually learn something worthwhile by attending – or when you manage to artfully complete an unrelated assignment while the get-together proceeds unobtrusively around you. In … Continue reading

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