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)...

The fancy machines at your local coffee shop and well-trained baristas make crafting a latte seem easy, but if you have ever attempted to make your own latte at home or with the office coffee machine, you probably already know that it is not as easy as it looks. There are many ways to make something close, but in order to make the perfect latte at home or in the office,...

Following on from our Brief History Of The Chilli as promised we’re going to be going through some history behind each of the chillies we mentioned. Today one of my favourites, the  jalapeño, just writing about them has made my mouth water… The jalapeño is a medium-sized chilli pepper. A mature jalapeño fruit is 2–3½ inches (5–9 cm) long, and...

Today we are introducing a new series of posts about cuts of meat to demystify all those splendid names of joints or cuts in the butcher’s shop. We are calling this new feature Prime Cuts. To the uninitiated, different cuts of meat can be confusing. Without direction, it’s hard to know which ones cook quickly and which ones need more time, as well as which ones...

Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavoured with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, kamaboko, and green onions. Nearly every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushu to the miso...

Its Meat Free Monday and we’re looking at Garlic, in particularly scapes, or flower stalks and dishing up a delicious dip to go with other cut vegetables. In most parts of the world, people try to make use of things that would otherwise be thrown away. In the case of garlic, the unopened flower heads are considered a delicacy — even the leaves are used for...

One of the things we love to buy in Crystal Palace Market  at Jacobs Ladders Farms stall are sausages, their breakfast sausages are second to none but their merguez sausages? Oh boy their merguez sausages, they are something else. Here’s what we did with our last purchase –  A delicious spicy ragout with baked eggs. Merguez is a red, spicy mutton- or...

Offering a bottle of wine as a present is a nice thought but some individuals are unsure which wine to select. And it can appear redundant to buy wines for a wine enthusiast when you’re conscious that many others will likely be giving very similar gift ideas. Luckily there are many other options to give as a wine gift which will stick out from the crowd. There...