Monthly Archives: February 2018

Reading List (20/2)


Hello all! I have fallen into a winter olympics snow slide of joy this past week. We have been thoroughly entertained by snowboarders competing in slopestyle, half pipe and (my particular favourite) boarder cross. But my absolute best has been the Finnish athletes knitting as a form of stress relief between their events! Like come on! Best thing ever!

So this happened last week. Squee! Please buy it. Or tell your library to buy the hardback.  Or tell all your friends that are interested in food, education, young people, foodies, cooking and gardening to read it!

Cats in the workplace. I met one that was resident in a greenhouse at a garden centre the other day. He was hanging out amongst the citrus trees. One of the people behind the counter explained that the cat just turned up one day and never left.

An interview with Marion Nestle.

My friend Jo’s insider tips to my mother city, Joburg.

A powerful essay on shame.

Because obviously getting a PhD is not ‘real life’ experience, here is some advice on how to get said ‘real life’ experience while doing one. (I actually agree with trying to do an internship while doing a PhD, I did one and it was totally ace. But doing a PhD is real life…)

An ode to a sourdough starter. I am amused by the writer saying she sings to it, or plays it music. I just finished reading Sourdough which is a wonderful, funny novel about a girl who inherits a sourdough starter and begins a journey into bread making. Her starter is happiest listening to a particular kind of music. I haven’t played music to mine. Maybe I should?

A review of a book I want to read: Hippie Food.

A really interesting research project investigating threatening environments and chronic pain.

What are performance metrics doing to the world of scientific research?

Lost strains of rice.

Have a good week! x



Reading List (13/2)

Happy Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day. So here are some pancakes to see you through.

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Beautiful pastry shop in Italy.

Gorgeous looking pear crumble.

“A triumph of upcycling, this panade is basically French onion soup without the soup — just bite after bite of cheesy, onion-and-stock-soaked bread. It’s so good I’d argue it’s worth it to buy a loaf of fancy bread right now just to let it grow stale”. This dish sounds just divine.

Results from the THE work-life balance survey.

Ideas for a long weekend in Joburg.

I like these ideas for rice bowls.

A sad read on the reality of leaving a job you love.

Sometimes you read something and it is exactly what has been rolling around in your head for the past few weeks or months. This week for me it was this: “One of the things that’s the most difficult about graduate education is this: you’re essentially losing almost ten productive years of your life to pursue a degree that probably won’t lead to employment in that thing”. 

If anyone wants to buy me Ruby Tandoh’s new book, I will gratefully accept. In the meanwhile, I thoroughly enjoyed this review.

Oftentimes I just save pdf articles to read into a general dropbox folder. Here are some ideas of how to organise your (pdf) life. I am going to do this.

Tasting memory.

A short history of caramelised white chocolate. And some history on why you can buy vanilla extract in the store, even though it is alcohol.

Neoliberalism is making us ill. Read this!

An interview with Alice Williams, who started Luminary Bakery.

I finally listened to The Book of Dust. It was a total delight. Rarely have I smiled so much while listening to anything. Read it. I love the world-building, the daemons, the prose… Now I’m going to get a proper copy and read it again.

Have a good week! x

Reading List (6/2)

Hello everyone! Welcome to February. I am partial to this month because it is my birthday month and this year, we are going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour so I am beyond excited. I also went on a willow weaving course on Sunday and learnt how to make an obelisk. Here they are in the allotment!

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Dangerous quests for foods.

I just loved this portrait of Francis Lam.

Fermented foods and gut health.

The tyranny of ‘should’ and some advice on how to overcome it.

Competition in science fields. (Thanks Mom!)

I really enjoyed listening to the conversation between Krista Tippet and Ta-Nehisi Coates. It was broadcast last November but I only got around to listening to it this last week. I particularly liked the questions at the end, and Coates’ responses to them.

This fantastic collection of food stories.

A list of books to read.

Baked lamb that sounds totally delicious.

Is your phone fuelling your anxiety levels? Mine totally is. I’ve found a restlessness when I try to sleep – I must read news headlines, check things etc on my iPad before I can settle. Related: scientists have discovered ‘anxiety cells‘.

I like this series on how academics plan.

In search of a historic apple.

How we describe excess foods in the food system, and the implications this has for what we do with it.

I read First Frost over the weekend. This is a delightful sequel to Garden Spells and I loved reading it. It’s an easy read and everything turns out as you predict it will so it is reassuring too! Just the thing to make midwinter manageable.

Have a good week! x52 weeks of sourdough wk19 rye