An affogato (literally meaning “drowned” in Italian) is a coffee-based pudding, usually taking the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. Some variations also include a shot of Amaretto or other liqueur. It is a fabulous quick fix if you need a pudding in a hurry because it takes a minute or two to prepare if you have a tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer! Jamie Oliver, in his “Jamie’s Family Christmas” suggests taking a trip around your fridge and using left-over Christmas...

Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. The definition for beef brisket differs according to where you live in the world. The brisket muscles include the superficial and deep pectorals, and because cattle do not have collar bones, these muscles support about 60% of the body weight of standing/moving cattle. This requires a significant...

We’re celebrating our second birthday today. We’ll be spending the day, planning and cooking up something special to mark the occasion. One of the things I admire so much about chefs are their knife skills. Mine is improving, however, I am pretty sure i’ll never be as accomplished as any of the Japanese Chefs who practice hochodo.Here’s a brief...

The gloriously named sunchoke, of the sunflower family, is another name for a Jerusalem artichoke. They are native to North America where the natives called them “sun roots” before European settlers arrived. Samuel Champlain, a French explorer found them in Cape Cod in 1605 and introduced them to Europe. But why the name “Jerusalem artichoke”?...

Abalone is the common name for any of a group of small to very large edible sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Haliotidae. Other common names are ear shells, sea ears, and muttonfish or muttonshells in Australia, ormer in Great Britain, and pāua in New Zealand. We were reminded by our friend, Nicky Kriel, that in South Africa they are known as perlamon. The family Haliotidae contains only one genus, Haliotis, which used to contain 6 subgenera. The shell of abalones is convex, rounded to oval shape, and may be highly...

The habanero is one hot chilli pepper., which starts its life green, and colours as it matures. Commonly, it turns orange or red, but white, brown, and pink are also known. The habanero has heat, a fruity, citrus-like flavour, and its floral aroma have made it a popular ingredient in hot sauces and spicy foods. The habanero does well in an area with good morning sun...

The cuisine of Sardinia is unrivalled, due to the isolation of the island from the rest of Italy, so is interesting to know which are the typical Sardinian dishes, strongly recommended if you are planning a trip to Sardinia in the next months. This island is a very popular destination for travellers who love crystal clear waters, stunning landscapes and well-equipped...

Whoa… another year has just skipped by and on September 9th we’ll be 2 years old. In that time we’ve posted over 710 posts, launched many successful features, published a cookbook and launched, a further two new and thriving business’ our artisan food business Heaven Preserve Us and our little restaurant La Petite Bouchee.   We’ve...

Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as spicy and sour. When traditionally prepared, kimchi is often allowed to ferment underground in jars for months. It is Korea’s national dish, with hundreds of varieties made from cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber as a main ingredient....

Welcome to Meat Free Monday, We’re off to the Caribbean to make a traditional dish using cassava which is creamed or ‘oiled down’ Cassava ((Manihot esculenta), also called manioc, yuca, balinghoy or kamoteng kahoy (in the Philippines), tabolchu (in Northeast India (Garo Hills)), mogo (in Africa), mandioca, tapioca-root, kappa (predominantly in India)...