Black pepper originated in the monsoon forests of the Malabar Coast in southwestern India in prehistoric times; it has been used in Indian cooking for over 4,000 years. Egyptians also used the spice in mummification rituals as early as the 1200s B.C. Two thousand years ago, pepper reached Southeast Asia, and it has been grown […]
Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used and abused through the ages and most of us can’t imagine life without it even though we quite often wish that it had never been discovered. It belongs to the onion family (alliaceae) and is one of the most well loved of all spices, and has been used for both […]
Italy is home to a lot of delicious cheeses. Every region, every area has their own traditional cheese which is enjoyed with cold cuts, pastas, meats or just straight up. Learn the different characteristics and pairings of these Italian cheeses.
For many people, if you were asked to name a fruit or vegetable that reminds you of a specific country, the humble tomato, would probably score very highly when discussing the country of Italy. The rich, vibrant red color used in so many famous Italian dishes; the base sauce for traditional Pizza, Ragù alla Bolognese […]
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 […]
The caper (Capparis spinosa) grows on a perennial spiny bush that has big white flowers (sometimes even pink) and fat fleshy leaves. The caper is a bud and is the part that’s commonly picked for culinary purposes. WHERE DOES THE CAPER COME FROM? It’s generally found in the Mediterranean region nowadays and grows wild on […]
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 […]
Although many of us love to cook, if you are the main chef in the home, work full time, and have to come up with interesting and exciting meals on a daily basis, it can be all too easy to slip into the habit of preparing the same food week in and week out. You […]
Peaches would definitely appear somewhere near the top of our list of the sexiest fruit on earth if we ever got around to drawing up and publishing one – which, with a little help from our readers is something we’ll be getting around to. Some time. They’ve always been associated with fine dining and good […]
Who made the first bread ? When? Where? In order to answer this question one would have to back in time to the discovery of fire when man learnt how to cook food which, if you think about it, made him human. Yeast has been around since prehistoric times. Airborne yeasts have always there. Any […]
It will come as no surprise to anyone reading this article that food is my passion; I am driven to constantly experiment and learn new and varied recipes that excite the palate and look inviting to the eyes. Food for many people is often consumed with the eyes, so you cannot underestimate the importance of […]
COFFEE LEGENDS AND HISTORY Legend has it that 1,200 years ago, Kaldi, an Abyssinian goatherd, discovered coffee berries in a forest in Ethiopia’s south-western highlands and tasted them. He loved the feel-good effect that followed & took them to a nearby monastery where he gave the head monk a handful of berries & told him about their miraculous effect. The […]
Honey has been around a pretty long time, around as long as there have been bees which is older than recorded history; in 2100 BC it was mentioned in Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings; it was mentioned in the Hittite Code and also in the sacred writings of India and Egypt. Long before that, cave […]
The most popular beverage in the world is known by everybody. You can probably find a coffee shop in every street. But have you ever wondered how many coffee types are out there? Read the article to learn more.
When you hear the word “risotto,” the most common first assumption, of course, is that it’s Italian. Especially to those who haven’t heard the word before, the way it sounds clearly makes it a foreign term. And then when you google it, you’re given pictures of a variety of dishes that pretty much look like […]