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January 25, 2017 Susan Elkin

Soup: tasty, healthy and multicultural

‘Beautiful soup so rich and green, waiting in a hot tureen sings Lewis Carroll’s lugubrious Mock Turtle in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland....

January 20, 2017 Susan Elkin

Fun with much maligned soya beans

Let’s hear it for soya beans, sometimes called endame beans. And I don’t mean dreadful processed stuff pretending to be something else....

January 10, 2017 Susan Elkin

February 14? Ignore it.

It’s the exploitative, expensive, tacky season of tat. St Valentine has a lot to answer for.  “Valentine’s Day” is commercially driven codswallop....

November 11, 2016 Susan Elkin

Talking (of) rubbish …

Ok, so we all want to recycle as responsibly as possible but, however hard you try, 21st century life generates a lot...

September 16, 2016 Susan Elkin

An early look at Cook (Daft Essays no 6)

(A few years ago I was commissioned to write a series of light hearted articles about British icons for an American publication....

September 1, 2016 Susan Elkin

No Lie They Fly (Daft Essays no 4)

Most birds fly. So do insects and bats. But did you know that some squirrels, lizards,  frogs  and snakes have also taken...

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