Fregola or fregula is a Sardinian pasta grain made from wheat and is similar to middle-eastern couscous. It is cooked by boiling it in water in exactly the same way as any other pasta and takes about the same time to cook – 10-12 minutes – even though it is made of tiny grains.
Prunes are dried plums so anywhere you think a plum flavour will work try prunes instead. Because they are intensely flavoured by the drying process, use considerably less than if you were using fresh fruit.
Did you know that you can make meringue from the juice left in the tin of chickpeas? Don’t throw it…
See the craft of the butcher in action! Jason Yang, butcher at Fleishers Craft Butchery, breaks down half a cow into all the cuts you would see at your local butcher shop.
There are only a few commercial relationships that you need for a happy successful life: a good taxi company to get you home safely after a good night out; a regular restaurant that welcomes you with open arms; a supermarket to fulfil daily and weekly shopping needs; a fish shop that doesn’t actually smell of fish and a butcher who cuts meat straight from the carcass.
Olive oil deteriorates when light gets at it so buying olive oil in a tin, a foil-wrapped bottle or a dark bottle makes sense. Plus tips on keeping olive oil in peak condition.
Purple basil tastes very similar to green basil though its flavour and aroma are not as bright. It adds colour to dishes and can be used as a salad leaf in a mixed salad.
If ever there was a salad that is ideally suited to Summer this is it! Once the potatoes soak up the buttermilk dressing they can be eaten on their own or serve them as a side dish with a simple fried lamb or pork chop.
You’ll be amazed at how one tin of tomatoes differs from another – and how easy it is to work out, once you open the tin, whether the producer has filled it with ripe tomatoes.