I absolutely loved this dish when I tried it in Cairo during a holiday to Egypt. The Egyptians cook a lot with oil and lemon and cumin and ful medames is no exception. Ful medames or ful mudammas, or simply fūl, is an Egyptian dish of cooked and mashed fava beans served with vegetable oil, cumin and often with chopped parsley, onion, garlic, and lemon juice. A staple...

Today we are looking at one of my all time favourite dry sausages, Kabanos. I can never work out which I love best, the smoky undercurrents or the hit of caraway seeds. All absolutely scrumptious. 45Kabanos (plural: kabanosy) is a Polish long, thin, dry sausage are made of pork or kosher turkey. They are smoky in flavour, and can be soft or very dry in texture depending...

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Birria is a spicy Mexican meat stew often served during festive periods, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, weddings and birthday parties. Originally from Jalisco, it is a common dish in Mexican food outlets. It is served with corn tortillas, onion, coriander, and lime wedges. It can be made from goat, lamb or mutton as well as beef, but...

The geoduck, (scientific name Panopea generosa) is a species of very large, edible, saltwater clams in the family Hiatellidae. The common name is derived from a Lushootseed (Nisqually) word gʷídəq. The shell of the clam ranges from 15 centimetres (5.9 in) to over 20 centimetres (7.9 in) in length, but the extremely long siphons make the clam itself much longer...

Most deities of Asian religions are depicted as seated on a lotus flower. In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind. According to legend, Gautama Buddha was born with the ability to walk, and lotus flowers bloomed everywhere he stepped. In the classical written and oral literature of many Asian cultures the lotus is present in...

Selim Pepper comes from Ghana and is a substitute pepper used within North Africa.  It is sometimes called Moor Pepper or Grains of Selim and is often confused with Grains of Paradise.  Selim Pepper has a smoky, musky and resiny taste with a hint of pepper, but no real piperine heat or warming feel to it. Selim pepper is also called Negro pepper, grains of...

We’re back in the kitchen cooking with chillies and have made another delicious recipe for our some like it hot series. Today its the turn of the poblano.  The poblano is a mild chilli pepper from the state of Puebla, Mexico. Dried, it is called ancho or ancho chile, from the Mexican Spanish name ancho (“wide”) or chile ancho (“wide chile”)...

The Chinese water chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis), more often called simply the water chestnut, is a grass-like sedge which is native to Asia (China, Japan, India, Philippines, etc.), Australia, tropical Africa, and various islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is widely grown in many countries for its edible corms. The water chestnut is actually not a nut at...

Khmeli suneli (Georgian: literally “dried spices”) is a traditional Georgian  (Caucasian) spice mix. It is popular in Georgia and the entire Caucasus region. Georgia is well-known for the subtle blends of herbs in its khmeli-suneli, which is used liberally to flavor kharchio, a thick, stewlike soup made from beef, lamb, or chicken. In Georgia, the pale gold to light brown mix can be purchased in many variations. This distinctive blend from the Black Sea region of the former Soviet Union is a fusion of culinary influences from...

I used to live in Somerset and Anita-Clare has numerous family members living there. It is a beautiful county with astonishing food products. A huge county with  diverse landscapes, Somerset is at the forefront of the food and drink industry, with an established reputation for high quality produce. It is a buoyant £500million plus sector, with a dynamic and dedicated...