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.
If the avocados you buy are as hard as tennis balls, then there are a number of ways to ripen them quickly. You can sometimes buy ‘ready-to’eat’ avocados but often these need a day or so to ripen fully.
The late Steve Meyerowitz, fondly known as the Sproutman, was a passionate advocate for health, life and earth. He wrote this article for gréatfood when we first started the website to explain why it is critical to maintain the integrity of the entire food chain – plants, soil, air, water, animals and people. It is as valid today as when we first published it ten years ago.
Roast cauliflower can be blitzed with hot stock and cream to make a soup; served warm as a side dish with roast beef or added to salads. + A quick recipe for cauliflower chicken with capers.
Buy plums when they are cheap and poach them – they take no time to cook and are the ultimate breakfast and dessert stand-by. Pimp the syrup and take the dish to a new level with the addition of vanilla, Amaretto, elderflower cordial, star anise, rosemary or orange flower or rosewater.
A bowl of iced water is your best friend when you are peeling cooked potatoes.