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Summer festival guide for African music lovers

This festival season has so many treats for world and African music lovers! And there’s nothing quite like enjoying some good music, outdoors in the sun (or rain!). There are four UK festivals that have our attention – with eclectic line-ups including musicians from, or heavily influenced by, the African continent. The diversity doesn’t stop […]

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The bread and the picnic

We’ve been talking recipes and picnics for a while, so when this perfect start-from-scratch sourdough recipe popped up from WestElm, we could not resist sharing it. Fact: homemade is the best! — west elm UK (@westelmUK) July 31, 2014 As if we’ve been channelling lovely bread, we had earlier this season, taken a […]

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Strawberries and Alcohol

It’s the end of the week and you’ve spent a great deal of time watching other people run around on a rectangle edged with white markings, hitting energetically at a ball. Thank goodness there’s only one more weekend before you can get back to your normal sporty routine. Settle yourself into a Toghal folding canvas […]

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African Cookbooks

Yesterday’s recipe was from Senegal, the country where the author of Yolele!, Pierre Thiam grew up. He offers many more recipes in the book including  a delightful black eye pea recipe in the book. The instructions are inexplicably in extra small type at the end of an article in the LA Times. Options for using this […]

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West African Lemon BBQ Chicken

This is a perfect prepare-most-of-it-ahead kind of dish, as once your marinated chicken is ready, you can pretty much choose when to eat. If you are feeling summery, or the weather’s good and there’s an underused BBQ around somewhere, you can grill it yourself on a good charcoal fire. Otherwise, the easy route is to […]


Championship Breakfast

Its Wimbledon again, and the pressure is on for Andy Murray to repeat last year’s miracle win, in that he surprised us all, and may yet do it again. You may have someone else as your personal favourite (Djokovic anyone?), but one thing’s for sure – there’s so much sport to look at, it’s a […]