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.…

Ingredient of the Week: Cabbage

Ingredient of the Week: Cabbage

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, belonging to the brassica family, like kale, broccoli, cauliflower and swede. There are many different varieties and colours of cabbage, including spring, savoy, white, green and red. It consists of many separate leaves, fitting together to form an almost round shape…

Ingredient of the Week: Broad Beans

Ingredient of the Week: Broad Beans

Broad beans are a member of the legume family like chickpeas, lentils and peanuts. They are sometimes called fava beans. They are a fairly hardy vegetable, meaning that they can be successfully grown in many different environments, but they are at their best fresh from the…

Ingredient of the Week: Chicken

Ingredient of the Week: Chicken

Chicken is possibly my most regularly consumed protein source. This is probably because I just really enjoy eating it. There is not a lot that chicken doesn’t go well with, making it incredibly versatile. As a result of this, I have listed chicken as one…

Ingredient of the Week: Basmati Rice

Ingredient of the Week: Basmati Rice

Rice is a staple grain found all across the world. There are several different types including basmati, jasmine, long grain, short grain, sushi, risotto and wild. This week I will focus on basmati, as this is the most common grain of rice I use in my…

Ingredient of the Week: Yogurt

Ingredient of the Week: Yogurt

Yogurt, especially natural or Greek, is one of my favourite foods to eat. Fortunately it is also highly nutritious. In its natural form it is simply fermented milk and has been a staple ingredient of the human diet for many hundreds of years, originating from…

Ingredient of the Week: Beetroot

Ingredient of the Week: Beetroot

Beetroot is a another favourite vegetable of mine. Possibly because in restaurants it is often served with many of my other favourite foods, including cheese, smoked mackerel and more cheese. It also just happens to be an incredibly nutritious vegetable with particular benefit to endurance…

Ingredient of the Week: Radish

Ingredient of the Week: Radish

Radishes come from the brassica family of vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. They are the edible root of the plant, although you can also eat the green leaves that grow from them if you wish. They are mainly eaten raw, added in to salads…

Ingredient of the Week: Cod

Ingredient of the Week: Cod

Cod is a popular, white, saltwater, fish found in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They are found in the deeper, colder water and are from the same family as haddock and monkfish. Its ocean origin slightly alters the  nutritional value, but either way it is…

Ingredient of the Week: Egg

Ingredient of the Week: Egg

As a child I adored egg, preferably scrambled or fried. For some reason when growing up I claimed I didn’t like pasta and so whenever Mum made pasta bolognese for tea, I would have “Chucky Egg” instead. Basically mashed up boiled egg with butter and…