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Braised Carciofo Violetto in White Wine
Fried courgette flowers - Fiori di zucca fritti
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Rare & Unusual

What is the Carciofo Violetto?

English: Baby Purple Artichoke, Fiesole Artichoke Italian: Carciofo violetto Artichokes belong to a species of thistle and the edition part of the plant is the flower bud. Native to the Mediterranean, artichokes were eaten by the ancient Greeks and Roman….

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Nepalese

Bhatmas Sadeko भटमास साँधेको

Bhatmas Sadeko भटमास साँधेको is a very simple Nepalese snack. Some people call it a “salad” but it is not entirely accurate. The reason being Bhatmas Sadeko भटमास साँधेको is enjoyed either as a side dish, or simply with cold beer. There are a thousand variety of Bhatmas Sadeko भटमास साँधेको , according to my Nepalese grocer Pratap, but this is the simplest way to make it.

Rare & Unusual

What is Bath Asparagus?

Once widely available from the Caucasus to the Mediterranean, the Bath Asparagus is not an asparagus ( Asparagus officinalis) but part of the lily family.

Now a rare plant in the wild, it is only found in the UK in some places such as the south of Bath. Hence the English name “Bath Asparagus”. It is believed that the plant was introduced to Bath by the Romans two thousand years ago.

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Japanese

Furofuki Daikon ふろふき大根

As a follow up to my Daikon no Nimono 大根の煮物 recipe, this is an extremely popular Kyoto dish called Furofuki Daikon ふろふき大根. There are many variations of course, and the difference lies in the miso sauce. One comment about daikons:…

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Japanese

Daikon no Nimono 大根の煮物

Daikon no Nimono 大根の煮物 is an extremely simple dish that is a regular, traditional accompaniment in Japanese meals. Daikons 大根 are very nutritious. The taste takes a bit of getting used to for non-East Asians but once you eat it a…

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Rare & Unusual

Why True Cinnamon is Actually Fake News

I have recently discovered what the internet has claimed to be the “true cinnamon”. The hype worried me a bit, especially when the claims about the benefits of “true cinnamon” are often exaggerated and mixed with a considerable amount of…

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Japanese, Rare & Unusual

What is Mitsuba 三つ葉?

Latin: Cryptotaenia japonica Japanese: Mitsuba ミツバ, 三つ葉 Chinese: 三叶芹/三葉芹, 鸭儿芹/鴨兒芹 Korean: 파드득나물, 압아근(鴨兒根) English: Wild Japanese Parsley Mitsuba is a wild herb native to East Asia. Used commonly as a garnish in Japan, its stems and roots could also be…

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