Ingredient: Rice & Grains

Almond, linseed and sunflower seed muesli

Almond, linseed and sunflower seed muesli

I love muesli and I like to surround myself with other people who love muesli. My mum has eaten muesli for breakfast her whole life and my boyfriend Luke eats muesli for dessert. In fact if left unsupervised, Luke will eat an entire box in one day. His muesli-habit can quickly get out of control so we generally try to make our own or we add our favourite

Quinoa porridge

Quinoa porridge

Autumn is here and short sleeves are swapped for coat sleeves as dusk makes an ever-earlier appearance.  The mornings, though beautifully clear, now hold a chill not conducive to waking under a sky still heavy with night.  So when my alarm gently teases me from […]

Ginger slice

Ginger slice

Over the course of our lifespan our food preferences change and become more refined.  As children we often form dislikes for a particular food for reasons other than its flavour and texture – this is what’s known as food aversion. (more…)

Sweet and sour rice salad

Sweet and sour rice salad

This salad is from Laura, my fellow product evaluator here at F&P. I can see why it’s such a hit with her family; the flavours are powerful and the colours pop! Here is Laura’s description of her heirloom recipe:

Lamb korma

Lamb korma

The secret to this curry is long, slow cooking to develop deep flavours and render the lamb pieces melt-in-your-mouth tender.  This type of cooking is ideally suited to cheaper, tougher cuts of meat such as the flaps or neck (just try and cut out any […]

Stuffed vine leaves

Stuffed vine leaves

These tasty little morsels are great finger food for a party or as part of a mezze platter to graze on over a lazy afternoon or evening. For a dairy-free option serve with a fresh tomato sauce instead of yoghurt. (more…)

Tapioca, caramel and mango pudding

Tapioca, caramel and mango pudding

My time in Thailand, although brief changed how I cook and how I eat. Since going there about a year ago I have fully embraced the cuisine which is now a staple of my diet. I vividly remember eating foods for the first time – dragon fruit, steamed broth from a side cart, whole soft shell crab. And first time food experiences – having to hang my drink on a door handle

Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread

My mother is Irish. She grew up in sleepy little Limerick, made famous by the story Angela’s Ashes. As children she always regaled my sister and I with stories from home and of our family that we were yet to meet. When I was six […]

Fennel risotto

Fennel risotto

If I was to be honest I would say that my heart is in Asia, so picking Italy as my spiritual home is not an obvious choice, though nor is it completely left field.  My experience of Italy is limited.  In fact I have only been there once, over 10 years ago now, when I spent 2 weeks there with a good friend from boarding school.  Whilst it was a quick trip, the architecture, art and history (more…)

Carob truffles

Carob truffles

These truffles are completely chocolate free, using the much underrated and underused carob. When I started my quest for an interesting carob recipe, my boyfriend screwed his face up in disgust. After a childhood of carob treats due to an eccentric mother who had a passion for looking after her

Beetroot, broccoli and quinoa salad

Beetroot, broccoli and quinoa salad

Quinoa is one of those wonder foods.  Not only it is very high in protein (12 -18%), it is also lauded for containing a balanced set of amino acids, making it a uniquely complete protein source.  Originating in the Andean region of South America, quinoa […]

Bagels

Bagels

I’ve always wanted to try making bagels; the thought that you have to boil them before baking always fascinated me.  When the theme for this month’s blogging came up as lunch ideas, I decided ‘why not’ and went online to find me a recipe. (more…)

An ode to ham – Part Three: The best ham sandwich

An ode to ham – Part Three: The best ham sandwich

What could be more perfect than a sandwich with ham, watercress, aioli, fresh rocket pesto and crispy fried garlic on grainy bread?  It’s the 1st of January and if you have stored your ham safely (see Laura’s tips on how to get the best out […]