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Carrots Are Tops

Carrots Are Tops

Carrots have the unenviable status of being common; so they are often taken for granted.

Bring Home The Bacon

Bring Home The Bacon

Bacon is the main reason why I’ve never become a vegetarian.

What Came First … The Egg Or The Plant?

What Came First … The Egg Or The Plant?

Aubergine is often referred to as “eggplant” and is commonly used as a vegetable, but it’s actually as a fruit related to tomatoes and potatoes.

Perilous Prawns

Perilous Prawns

I’ve discovered over the years there are just as many people claiming to be allergic to prawns as those who can’t eat enough of them.

Little Red Beauties

Little Red Beauties

Although strawberries appear to be at their best and cheapest in summer, they are available all year round.

Pointy End Of The Pineapple

Pointy End Of The Pineapple

Pineapple is a cylindrical shaped tropical fruit with a thick, prickly, diamond-patterned skin crowned with green, spiky leaves and got its name from its resemblance to a pine cone.

Succulent Sea Scallops

Succulent Sea Scallops

Scallops are named after the fanned, fluted appearance of their shell.

The Sweet And The Sour

The Sweet And The Sour

Balsamic vinegar is very popular because of its rich, sweet characteristics, and it features prominently in many Italian recipes.

Spring A Leek

Spring A Leek

Leeks are a vegetable that belongs to the same family as onions.

A Taste For Olives

A Taste For Olives

My first taste of olives was on vacation, as a young teenager.

The Good Egg

The Good Egg

Eggs are one of the most inexpensive, versatile and nutritious food; with the greatest packaging nature has to offer.

The Nutty Oil

The Nutty Oil

For centuries, peanuts have played an important role in the cuisines of many cultures.

Christmas Rules … Okay?

Christmas Rules … Okay?

The festive decorations adorning our retail stores are a stark reminder that Christmas Day is just around the corner.

The Humble Pumpkin

The Humble Pumpkin

A well-known food identity once told me “pumpkin doesn’t belong in desserts”.

The Hip Fruit

The Hip Fruit

Limes must be the world’s hippest citrus fruit.

Look Sharp!

Look Sharp!

Besides your hands, knives are the most commonly used tools in the kitchen.

Feeling Blue?

Feeling Blue?

Personally, I don’t think blueberries are actually true blue.

The King Of Spice

The King Of Spice

I’m a pepper fanatic. By my estimate, it’s the king of all spices.

Heavenly Camembert

Heavenly Camembert

There aren’t many cheeses that are as heavenly, soft, rich and creamy as Camembert cheese … besides Brie, of course.

Holy Passionfruit

Holy Passionfruit

Passionfruit is an elongated oval or round fruit which originates from Central America. The two most common varieties are the yellow or purple kind, but the ‘Passion’ in the name is not referring to love.

Mushrooms Go With Everything

Mushrooms Go With Everything

Shimeji, Shitake, Oyster, Pink Salmon, Golden Oyster, White Coral, Wood Ear, Swiss Brown, Portobello, Field, Flat, Horn of Plenty, Straw, Cep, Chanterelle, Morel and Enoki. Some of these mushrooms are as hard to pronounce as they are to spell.

Dreams of Chocolate

Dreams of Chocolate

Chocolate is produced from the cacao bean, a large pod found on the cacao tree.

Mussel Bound

Mussel Bound

Mussels are one of my favourite shellfish.

Pick Of The Bunch

Pick Of The Bunch

I once heard a comedian joke that grapes always give you a second chance. If you bite into a bad apple, you are stuck with a bad apple. However, if you come across a bad grape, no problem, just move on to the next.

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