What is Quince: Apple of Antiquity

close-up of quince fruits what is quince

Just last week a friend and I had a discussion on quinces because she’d found a tree laden with fruit at the university where she works. The next morning I went down to the garden to see whether our quince tree was still standing but it seems as if it’s been taken out and I’m […]

Aniseed, Anise and Star Anise – Culinary Facts and Uses


Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum) is a flowering plant native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia and  tastes a little like liquorice, tarragon and fennel – all mixed together. Star aniseis the fruit of a small evergreen tree native to southwest China but now cultivated in Japan and Southeast Asia. Botanically, the plants are entirely different, though […]

Creamy Gorgonzola Gnocchi and Sauce Recipe

Gnocchi Gorgonzola Recipe Sauce

Creamy yellow Gorgonzola, abundantly veined with a blue green mold,  can also be produced as an unaged paler, creamier version. Traditionally the cheese is made with raw cow’s milk and even sheep’s milk cheese varieties are available today. It’s been made outside Milano since the eighth century, when it was hung in huge caves to ripen. Nobody knows when […]