Who doesn’t love using sun dried tomatoes in their cooking. They are packed with amazing flavour and ramp up the tomatoness of any dish from spaghetti sauce to soups and dips. My homemade oven dried tomatoes in oil are the nearest we in the UK can get to the sun dried type.
Pate, something of a treat spread on toast or crackers. Pate just a little bit naughty packed with all that butter. Pate definitely not for the vegetarians out there. So let’s try something different in the pate department – my all nut pate packed with protein and goodness and no butter at all. You can…
Ok first question, what the hell is Romanesco? Romanesco is that strange almost other worldly (martian possibly) looking cauliflower that has spiky fleurettes instead of the usual rounded ones. It is very popular in France and is now readily available in the UK in larder supermarkets and farmers markets.
Spiced Apple Vinegar is another great little foodie gift that is easy to make and not something your friends will have come across in the shops. It is good to mix up your Christmas hampers and have sweet and savoury goodies, oils, vinegars, drinks, sweets, cookies etc, a good selection is always best.
Potted Cheese makes a great addition to your Christmas hampers and is the perfect way to use up bits and pieces of different cheeses if you want to mix up the flavours. Potting cheese, shrimps etc is a very old British traditional way of preserving.
Pickled onions are a great British staple. You just can’t imagine the classic ploughman’s lunch without pickled onions gracing the plate. They are the perfect addition to any cold meat or cheese platter too. If you have never thought of making your own, now is the time to get busy and just do it!
Feta cheese, what could be more Greek than that. When The Big Cheese Company asked me to try out their Feta Cheese Kit I just couldn’t resist. I eat feta almost every day while I’m over in Crete so making my own feta seemed almost too good to be true. Although I used their kit…
It’s time to get cracking on making those festive foodie gifts for family and friends. This Fiery Mustard is a great idea and takes you away from the usual sweet jams and preserves that are so popular in gift hampers.