Ingredient of the Week

Ingredient of the week: Pineapple

Ingredient of the week: Pineapple

Like mango, pineapple is a tropical fruit, native to Paraguay, it is now grown all across South America, the Caribbean and southern Asia. Technically one pineapple is not one fruit, but between 100 and 200 mini fruitlets fused together around one central core. It is […]

Ingredient of the Week: Peas

Ingredient of the Week: Peas

Peas, or to be more specific, green peas, are part of the legume family of vegetables, as the plants produce pods which encase the seeds or peas. Beans, chickpeas and lentils are all part of the same legume family. Most legumes are more commonly available […]

Ingredient of the Week: Asparagus

Ingredient of the Week: Asparagus

Asparagus is not something I eat very much of, but it is in season at the moment, which has inspired me to increase my intake. The season for British asparagus runs from the end of April until the beginning of July. This variety is green […]

Ingredient of the Week: Mango

Ingredient of the Week: Mango

The king of fruit or mango, is arguably my favourite fruit. It is a tropical fruit, so can only be grown in warmer climates and is native to Southern Asia, but is now also commonly found in the Caribbean, Mexico and the USA. When myself and Neil […]

Ingredient of the Week: Quinoa

Ingredient of the Week: Quinoa

The super-food quinoa is grown on a weed-like plant which is mainly found in the Andies region of South America called goosefoot. It comes from the same family of plants as beetroot, spinach and chard. Although it is technically a seed, it is considered to […]

Ingredient of the Week: Cauliflower

Ingredient of the Week: Cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of Neil’s favourite vegetables. Whenever it is on special offer in Tesco I use it a lot as I know he enjoys it. It has been on special offer for the past couple of weeks, which is why there has been an […]

Ingredient of the Week: Parsnip

Ingredient of the Week: Parsnip

Parsnip is quite possibly my favourite vegetable. Roasted it is definitely a real highlight to my Christmas dinner and one isn’t the same without them. Most people only ever consider eating parsnips at Christmas but trust me there is so much more you can do […]

Ingredient of the Week: Carrot

Ingredient of the Week: Carrot

When I was a child I would only ever eat carrots raw. Even when my mum was making a Sunday roast dinner, she would have to leave some raw carrot to one side to go on my plate rather than give me cooked ones. I […]

Ingredient of the Week: Aubergine

Ingredient of the Week: Aubergine

Aubergine, like avocado is not technically a vegetable but a berry. It has a tough outer skin, which is in general a deep glossy purple colour,  surrounding spongelike cream-coloured flesh with small edible seeds dotted throughout. It is treated like a vegetable and comes from the same […]

Ingredient of the Week: Couscous

Ingredient of the Week: Couscous

Couscous is a wheat based grain found most commonly in North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. Its basically a very small pasta made from semolina. Its most commonly found served as an accompaniment to Moroccan dishes, like this Moroccan chicken one pan recipe, but it’s bland flavour […]

Ingredient of the Week: Butternut Squash

Ingredient of the Week: Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is one of the most common of winter squashes found in Britain. Confusingly though, winter squashes are not only harvested or even grown in winter, it is just they take a longer time to grow than the summer variety. They are from the […]

Ingredient of the Week: Pear

Ingredient of the Week: Pear

Pear is a fruit from the rosacea family and so is related to apples, cherries, almonds, and most surprisingly roses. There are around 30 edible varieties of pear found across the world but only a few are available to buy in Britain. There are over […]