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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...

August 25, 2016 Susan Elkin

The Bankes of Dorset

There can be few more romantic and stirring stories in the history of British landed gentry than that of Dorset’s Bankes family...

August 10, 2016 Susan Elkin

Addered Value

‘You spotted snakes with double tongues’ Shakespeare called adders in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with their ‘enamelled skin, weed enough to wrap...

July 30, 2016 Susan Elkin

Cooking with Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are tasty, nutritious, versatile and quite modestly priced.  Like all nuts they’re a good source of protein and they contain...