Ingredient of the week

  • 1 Merry Berry Christmas! Seasonal snacking all wrapped up and your chance to win a stylish Longchamp cranberry-red handbag
    Looking for a new indulgent treat? Well look no further, we have just the thing to pop on your foodie lust list this month – Craisins® Dried Cranberries Greek Style...

  • 2 From toad in the hole to meatballs: 5 sausage recipes
    Love sausages? Our pick of mouthwatering recipes are perfect for the weekend. Cheap, cheerful and quick to make, the following sausage recipes – from heart-warming toad in the hole to...

  • 3 Root for this season's un-beet-able vegetable
    July marks the beginning of the bountiful beetroot season in the UK.Crammed full of goodness, flavour and bold colour, beetroot should be your one-stop root vegetable for sweet and savoury...

  • 4 They're more than a side dish: Pea recipes and cooking tips
    A trusty bag of peas are always kept in the freezer, an instant side for dinner dotted with a spot of butter and salt and pepper. But it's time to...

  • 5 Morcilla: The Spanish black pudding
    Our favourite ingredient of the moment is the Spanish version of black pudding, morcilla.Spain’s answer to our black pudding is a mile from the slice you’ll get with your fry-up...

  • 6 Ingredient of the week: kale
    One of the most striking members of the cruciferous vegetable family (of which familiar broccoli and savoy cabbage also belong), kale is a mighty fine looker. Its leaves are deepest...

  • 7 Ingredient of the week: blood orange
    Smaller than your usual orange, the blood orange does not lack in taste what it lacks in size. Its deep crimson, almost sanguine colour is caused by the presence of...

  • 8 Ingredient of the week: lemongrass
    It might seem a little odd to go from Christmas and New Year’s eating, the hams and turkeys, roast potatoes, bubble and squeak and Christmas pudding straight into lemongrass. But...

  • 9 Ingredient of the week: sprouts
    A relative of the cabbage (a descendant of the wild variety), debate rages over the Brussels sprout. Some love their hint of bitterness, leafy flesh and healthy bite; others detest...

  • 10 Ingredient of the week: turkey
    So you can have a rib of beef, a shoulder of pork, a leg of lamb or even some game; but would it really be Christmas without the turkey? Debates...

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    Ingredient of the week: the leek

    An essential ingredient in any stock pot, the leek is a huge giver of flavour and an under-rated and under-used veg. A member of the allium family, the similarities it...

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    Ingredient of the week: Chinese Broccoli

    It might seem an odd choice, but our resident food blogger won’t stop going on about the stuff after what sounds like a tip top tasting experience. Chinese broccoli aka...

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    Ingredient of the week: squid

    It’s an odd concept to think of sea dwellers as seasonal, but as with things above sea level, seasons affect things beneath the surface too. Squid are in season –...

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    Ingredient of the week: Glorious grouse

    Grouse heralds the start of the game season – the Glorious 12th, the 12th of August, is the first day of the shooting season for red grouse. If the weather...

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    Ingredient of the week: blackberries

    These beautiful black baubles are a forager's favourite - indeed, anyone with an afternoon going spare and a park nearby can head off with a tupperware box and collect a...

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    Ingredient of the week: courgette

    The humble courgette, aka the zucchini if you happen to be from across the pond or down under or the zuccina if you happen to be an Italian, is an...

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    Ingredient of the week: crab

    The crab must rank as one of the kings of the sea. More interesting than his crustacean counterpart, the lobster, crabs are less expensive and arguably more flavoursome by a...

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    Ingredient of the week: squid

    After several days on the Spanish coast, our Byte to Savour food blogger can’t keep shtum about squid. This versatile cephalopod is best eaten, where possible, with your feet in...

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    Ingredient of the week: runner beans

    These slender green beauties have been grown in South America for over two millennia and are amongst the favourite of Summer vegetables. They lends themselves to light, fresh salads alongside...

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    Gizzi Erskine's pork chops with sage and stilton

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 1 tbs olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 pork loin chops 8 fresh sage leaves 1 ripe pear, cored, halved and sliced into...