Seasonal Eating – January

As we pull out of the depths of winter, there is relatively little that is in season just now, mainly root vegetables. But if you ever wanted an excuse to pickle carrots, now is the time to do it. IN SEASON IN JANUARY Green cabbage Carrots Peas Scallions / green onions / spring onions Turnip […]

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Eating seasonally

in the developed world we have the unparalleled privilege of being able to eat pretty much any fruit or vegetable irrespective of season. The downside to this is that the out-of-season produce has to be shipped to us from halfway around the world at great financial and fossil fuel cost. We, the developed world, need […]

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Unitaskers

What is a “unitasker”? It is a gadget that does only one thing. That they are generally only advertised in late night infomercials should give you a hint as to how useless they usually are. While I generally agree with Alton Brown that the only unitasker in your kitchen should be the fire extinguisher (which […]

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Cherries

Cherry. Wikipedia will tell you the dry facts, but it won’t tell you how you get that burst of sweet, dark fruitiness when you bite into them, or how well they go in desserts, jams, or pies, or how you almost start to salivate at the mere word. There is one downside. They are intensely […]

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Build in flavour

While making a turkey pot pie with the last of my Christmas leftovers, I realised an important point. Dishes like pot pies rely on building in flavour at every step of the recipe – you simmer the chicken (or turkey carcass in this case), then use the broth to cook the veggies. This builds flavour […]

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