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Peeling The Onion

Peeling the onion is used as a metaphor for the layers of meaning, personality or complexity in life, the phrase invites a deeper look, beyond the papery skin, for answers. We usually think little of onions per se, they are just one of the building blocks, albeit very important aromatic ones, in cooking all manner…

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Dress Appropriately for Hot Summer Salads

It’s hot now and time for salads. Salads can be a meal in themselves and if you insist on a bit of protein consider adding some smoked fish, a nice easy addition, requiring no cooking. A mixed grain salad is a substantial meal as are roasted root vegetable salads or potato salads. A great way…

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The Value of Food

The Japanese have a saying in relation to the value of food, in particular rice; remember the farmer. Akin to what our mothers said to us about starving children in Africa when trying to get us to finish our dinner, in Japan, the saying extends to everyone and has greater resonance. Seeing first hand the…

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When Less Is More

Why is it so hard to buy a simple meal of quality ingredients in a cafe? Yesterday I ordered an eggplant and halloumi burger, seeing it as the best option on a meat laden, overly complex menu. I should have predicted the massive mound that came, which even after cutting it in half with a…

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Veg-at-my-table

It happened gradually, over several years, I started eating less meat. Not because I didn’t like meat but the idea of balance and diversity in what I ate seemed sensible from a health perspective. Eating more widely and including the recommended five serves* of vegetables a day inevitably means smaller serves of meat or no…

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