Good food relies on great ingredients and the more we know about our ingredients the better equipped we are as cooks. I’m passionate about learning more and sharing what I learn. Dive in here to understand more about ingredients: where they come from, what their special qualities are and, crucially, how to use them. I find that the more I know about an ingredient, the better equipped I am to get the most from them. It allows me to be nimble, to improvise and to cook more delicious food.
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HERBS & AROMATICS
VEGETABLES & PLANT PRODUCTS
I have a massive crush on tomatoes. I love them fresh, warm from the vine, when picking them means brushing against their fragrant, furry leaves. I love them in crates from the market: plump and juicy and full of promise. I love them racked up at my local grocer, different varieties in colourful piles.
The cacao tree – source of the beans which give us chocolate – is from the genus ‘Theobroma’, or ‘food of the gods’. So there’s a signal to the marvellous and mystical properties of chocolate in its very name. Chocolate is a treat, a food of ceremony, celebration and special occasions. And there’s even more to learn about chocolate over here.
I am all about the cheese! I love eating it by itself or as part of a cheese platter, I love cooking with it and adding it to salads or sandwiches, and I love the way it intersects with culture all around the world. Cheese actually helped me fall in love with the very idea of food writing… read more