Ingredient of the Week: Hake

Ingredient of the Week: Hake

I always associate hake with Mallorca. This is because on the first British Cycling training camp I went on back in 2010, every night we would have to choose between hake or steak for our tea and that was basically all I ate for the…

Ingredient of the week: Brussels Sprouts

Ingredient of the week: Brussels Sprouts

I hated sprouts as a child. If I’m honest they still aren’t my favourite vegetable, but I have now learned how to cook them to my liking and that when paired with the right ingredients, you can actually make them taste quite nice. They are…

Ingredient of the Week: Chestnuts

Ingredient of the Week: Chestnuts

Chestnuts are something I associate with Christmas time. The obvious is chestnuts roasting on an open fire but also turkey with chestnut and sage stuffing. They are not an ingredient I ate or knew much about as a child, but this year I’ve tried to…

Ingredient of the Week: Turkey

Ingredient of the Week: Turkey

The majority of people seem to only ever eat turkey around Christmas time. A recent survey suggests that over 75% of British families have turkey for their dinner on Christmas Day and over 10 million turkeys are consumed in Britain over the festive period. Turkey…

Ingredient of the Week: Barley

Ingredient of the Week: Barley

Barley is one of the world’s oldest, cultivated cereals and can be successfully grown in many climates, making it a staple grain in many cuisines. Most people know it for its use in making beer, but it is also incredibly nutritious and cheap. It is…

Ingredient of the Week: Turnip

Ingredient of the Week: Turnip

Turnip is another vegetable that my Dad successfully grew this year in his allotment, which meant as usual when this happens, that I had to come up with new recipes to use them up. As a child, because my name was Turnham, I was sometimes…

Ingredient of the week: Samphire

Ingredient of the week: Samphire

Samphire is a vibrantly green, leafy vegetable grown near the sea. There are two types, marsh and rock. Marsh is more readily available and is far more pleasant to eat. Rock is generally found in the Mediterranean and has a rather unpleasant smell and taste.…

Ingredient of the week: Spinach

Ingredient of the week: Spinach

Spinach is a dark green, leafy vegetable coming from the chenopodiaceae or goosefoot family of plants, the same as beetroot, chard and surprisingly quinoa. It is one of the most popular vegetables I include in my diet. This is hardly surprising as it is so…

Ingredient of the Week: Coley

Ingredient of the Week: Coley

Coley is a white fish coming from the same family as cod. Even though it is classed as white, it has a slightly darker colouring than cod and has a stronger, denser texture that doesn’t flake as easy. It tastes slightly more meaty and earthy…

Ingredient of the Week: Chard

Ingredient of the Week: Chard

Chard is a fairly new vegetable to my repitoire. Its not so readily available in supermarkets, however my Dad has been growing it on his allotment this year, so I’ve had the opportunity to try it and start cooking with it. This has meant that…

Ingredient of the Week: Pasta

Ingredient of the Week: Pasta

Pasta is an Italian speciality. It is something, for some reason, I didn’t like eating as a child, but now I love it. It is typically made from wheat flour and water or egg, but these days you can get several other varieties including red…

Ingredient of the Week: Celery

Ingredient of the Week: Celery

Celery comes from the same family of plants as parsnip, fennel and surprisingly parsley. It consists of long, thick stalks clustered together around a central base or heart. Raw, it is very crunchy and juicy with a bitter taste, which softens and mellows when cooked.…