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Vegetable Curry

On Friday one of my students asked me what the word “fantasy” meant.  It’s a word I’ve defined so many times over my ESL teaching career that I had my answer ready for him:  “A fantasy story is not real, … Continue reading

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Spicy Carrot & Lentil Soup

While living in Hong Kong I got into the habit of checking the weather forecast every day, usually in the vain hope that there would be a heavy enough storm on the horizon to grant me a few hours off … Continue reading

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Vegan Pumpkin & Cranberry Scones

Christmas is a time for traditions.  My mother is a keen hoarder of our old decorations, so our household has a fair few familiar faces over the festive season.  Most important are the Santas in cages, which I can’t wait … Continue reading

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Bolivian Sweetcorn Stew

One of the highlights of the last week was an evening at the ballet.  I absolutely love going to see a show and I was particularly excited about this one as it was Matthew Bourne’s take on Swan Lake, which … Continue reading

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Boozy Banana Bread

Yesterday marked my greatest sporting achievement since the Sutton Y6 girls’ corner spry team destroyed the opposition in the 1995 John Batty School sports day.  Yes, I completed the 10k MoRun in Manchester – my first race since taking up … Continue reading

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Tofu & Oyster Mushroom Laksa

“Thank you for joining us on this flight to sunny Manchester,” the pilot greeted us on my plane home last week.  I don’t think I’ve ever been on a homeward bound flight where there hasn’t been a reference to the … Continue reading

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Vegan Gingerbread

Despite writing on Monday about the pleasant summery conditions in Hong Kong, it is nearly Halloween once more and I imagine that back home in the UK autumn will quickly turn in to winter.  I will not have to merely … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato, Kale & Peanut Stew

Earlier this week I went to see Gravity, the new Alfonso Cuaron film.  It’s probably just as well I’d never seen a trailer for it beforehand, as I doubt I would have dared to see it in that case.  Not that … Continue reading

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Chilli Non Carne

According to a survey by Morrisons, most British households cook the same 5 dishes on a regular basis and just rotate them.  When I was a child, chilli con carne was definitely one of ours.  I had no idea what … Continue reading

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Vegetable Biryani

I rarely cook the cuisine of the country I live in.  I don’t know if I simply like being contrary, or if it’s because the locals prepare their own dishes much better than I ever could.  I never cook any … Continue reading

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