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Matthew Burbidge
Come braai with me
Come braai with me
It’s probably the weather, but braaing in South Africa can really only be described as a cult. The recently published The Democratic...
A feast for the senses in Thailand
A feast for the senses in Thailand
A woman kneels among pink blossoms on the pavement as a monk intones a prayer over her bent head. They are almost the only ones up this early on...
Sublime tomato sauce has a thin skin
Sublime tomato sauce has a thin skin
There probably are Italians who have no interest in good food, but I have yet to meet one. An Italian friend of mine gets her mother to smuggle in...
A papaya salad that sings
A papaya salad that sings
Micky Liu, the diminutive proprietor of the Sai Thai restaurant in Cyrildene, squats down in her kitchen and shows me how she remembers women slicing...
Cooking dhal: In praise of the humble pulse
Cooking dhal: In praise of the humble pulse
Dhal, the benevolent soupy lentil dish, can refer to both the food and the pulse. It is a dish of boiled, spiced lentils and in some cases they break down into a soup; in others, they remain...
Tip for tasty hummus, mum’s the word
Tip for tasty hummus, mum’s the word
Every culture has its staples: rice and dhal in India, hummus all over the Middle East, and spaghetti and tomato sauce in Italy. In South Africa,...
How running junkies find their next fix
How running junkies find their next fix
This year's Comrades winner, Bongmusa Mthembu, keeps his next to his bed. A running friend of mine keeps hers in the bathroom.
Recipes for success with sustainable fish
Recipes for success with sustainable fish
The Complete South African Fish & Seafood Cookbook, published by CNA in 1981, has an entry headed “monosodium glutamate [MSG]”. Author...
Western Cape dines out on Rossouw's restaurant reviews
Western Cape dines out on Rossouw's restaurant reviews
“Critics are not universally loved by chefs,” says Jean-Pierre Rossouw, publisher of Rossouw’s Restaurant Guide, at the launch of the 11th...
Book a date with a creative cook
Book a date with a creative cook
As a schoolgirl, Claudia Roden remembers longing for the recipes of home. Her family had left Egypt for France after the Suez crisis in 1956. In...
African albums you have to hear
African albums you have to hear
It is only partly true what Zimbabwean band the Bhundu Boys sang in their hit ...
E-cigs fall through cracks of law
E-cigs fall through cracks of law
E-cigarette smokers, or "vapers" as they are sometimes called, like to make a big deal with their smoke. They are not trying to hide it. There is...