Seasonal Cooking: Delicious, Uncomplicated Summer Suggestions

Summer is the best time for delicious but uncomplicated eating. Try these couple of suggestions.

Summer is the best time for delicious but uncomplicated eating. Try these suggestions.

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Shallots

Shallots are annual herbaceous plants. Underground bulbs comprise garlic-like cloves. Shallot bulbs contain a volatile oil, and are used as flavouring or seasoning agents.

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Dried Cloud Ear Mushrooms and Dried Shiitake Mushrooms? | Chinese Mushrooms

Harvested from fallen trees, the highly esteemed fungi known as Wood Ear, Cloud Ear or Champignon Noir are actually light to dark brown in colour – a small and crinkly dried fungus, and said to be beneficial for the blood and circulatory system. Their succulent cartilaginous texture and smoky flavour when rehydrated make them great additions to many savoury dishes and stocks.

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Rigatoni con Aglio Arrostito, Peperoncino e Funghi | Rigatoni with Roasted Garlic, Chilli and Mushrooms

A beautiful, garlicky dish with roasted garlic, easy to prepare and great for a meal with a green salad. Enjoy!

A beautiful, garlicky dish with roasted garlic, easy to prepare and great for a meal with a green salad.

Roasting Garlic gives it an entirely different and more complex flavour. Try a range of different garlics (search in your local food markets) and you will notice subtle variations in their flavours.

Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series. You might also like our Garlic Recipes. Or you might like to browse Italian recipes here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here.

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Strawberry or Raspberry Sorbet

I fell in love with making ices after living and working in France. This one is wonderful. Enjoy it!

It’s interesting that strawberries in late Feb through March are quite delicious if you look around for the right ones. I love sorbet. Give me sorbet any day over icecream or gelatti.

Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series. You might also like our Icecream recipes. Or you might like to browse Strawberry recipes here.

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Indian Essentials: What is a South Indian Pachadi?

What is a pachadi? For many people, it is equivalent to a raita, and indeed there are curd or yoghurt based pachadi dishes that have similarities with the raitas of the North of India. They are both yoghurt based dishes that contain mashed, pounded or diced vegetables, less often fruit, and seasoned with spices. Pachadis vary from raitas in the flavourings and spices used. Typically a yoghurt based pachadi will contain coconut and be seasoned with mustard seeds, ginger, curry leaves and chillies. Raita is typically seasoned with coriander leaves, roasted cumin seeds, mint, chillies, chaat masala and/or other herbs and spices. So don’t believe people when they tell you that raita and pachadi are the same!

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