Herbs and spices

what is berbere

What Is Berbere and How to Make Your Own

A friend of mine who is an athlete is currently training in Ethiopia. I asked him if he could bring back some berbere for me and he sent a text reassuring me th...
all about epazote

What is Epazote?

Inspired by Jozef Youssef’s enthusiasm for Mexican cooking I began experimenting with a recipe involving pork fillet. Most ingredients were straightforward a...
green pepper

All About Green Peppercorns

As Tom Alcott explains in his full briefing on pepper,  “green pepper is unripe, fresh and not fully developed. We say it’s ‘born to be mild’. Preserving it so...
amchur

What is Amchoor? Or Amchur? Or Aamchur?

Amchoor (pronounced ‘am’ as in ‘I am’ and then ‘cur’) is a powder made from grinding up sun-dried, unripe, green mangoes. It’s made by peeling and then slicing ...
basil oil recipe

How To Make Basil Oil

Basil oil is useful for all kinds of recipes to give a summery, fresh taste. You can drizzle it onto tomato soup, pea soup or pizza; you can drape over an insal...