Category Archives: Meat

Illicit leftovers

One of the many facts of life that most people know, but no one likes to admit: leftovers are better than fresh food. There, I said it. Leftovers are so amazing because all the flavours have had more time to settle down … Continue reading

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Meatballs for gamblers

Do you guys like games? I love games. You can keep me happy all night with a fridge full of beer and a good long round of Risk. The competition, the hilarity when you wipe out one of your friends’ … Continue reading

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Flammkuchen, so hot right now

When I came to live in the Netherlands after years of living elsewhere, I quickly realised I’d missed all the recent developments and the latest hypes. The Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet scandal mostly passed by me unnoticed and uncared for. … Continue reading

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Post-Italian comfort food

As dictators go, I’m actually a pretty rubbish one, because I keep getting schooled by all kinds of people. The most recent occasion was a completely deserved tongue-lashing by a friend of mine, who’s actually also a chef, so it hurt … Continue reading

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Bourguignon

What a terrible misunderstanding that I accidentally cleared up last week. In Italy, people tend to go absolutely wild when you mention you’re going to make boeuf bourguignon. I always thought this was a bit weird, as boeuf bourguignon is … Continue reading

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The Emerald of the Equator

One of the most fun and important things that you can do in life, if you ask me, is try new stuff. Keep the mind open and flexible, you know? Mostly just little things suffice – you can go see … Continue reading

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Surf and turf

Life is hard for us pale city dwellers. If we want to sit outside, we have to go to the park. If we want to eat vegetables, we have to eat the shit Carrefour sells us. If we want pets, … Continue reading

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All the firsts of spring

As I said last week, the arrival of spring is possibly the most exciting time of the year. People coming out of their houses scantily clad, fruit coming back in season, animals copulating furiously everywhere. I love spring. In Scotland … Continue reading

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Living like a pauper

Sometimes I really pinch the pennies. I don’t really know why, I just seem to do it. I live as if I’m really poor, but I’m not really that poor at all, so I guess at this point I’m just … Continue reading

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Carnivalesque ravioli from Ascoli Piceno

When people say “Italian food”, they often conjure up an image in their mind that is actually something quite different from what Italians tend to eat. The main offender is pasta with the wrong ingredients. Spaghetti and meatballs is a … Continue reading

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