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Truffles: How to Buy, Prepare and Eat the Ultimate Delicacy

Yes, pigs really do hunt truffles. Yes, they really can cost US$50 each. And yes, they are worth it. French connoisseur Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin dubbed the rough, clumpy little tuber the “diamond of the kitchen”, and foodies since antiquity have struggled to cultivate enough of them. Although in modern times truffles have become easier to…

Peanut Butter: How to Make It and How to Cook with It

There are a lot of reasons peanut butter is the ultimate spread: it’s tasty, easy to eat, lasts a long time in storage, pairs with all sorts of other foods and – with plenty of energy, protein and fibre – packs a surprising nutritional punch. But that’s not all – it’s also very easy to make at home!…

Turmeric: The Little Spice that Could

If there is one quintessential Southeast Asian spice, a flavour that divides East and West and sets the beef and potatoes of Germany and Britain from the exotic aromas of Malaysia and India, it would be turmeric… aka the Golden Spice. Pungent and powerful with mysterious health benefits, the root of the turmeric plant is…

Types of Flour and Their Uses

Flour, merely powdered wheat kernels, is one of the simplest ingredients in the kitchen. And yet, many of us are daunted when confronted by myriad flour options in the supermarket: bleached, unbleached, whole grain, pastry flour, all-purpose flour and more. Here is a brief guide to help raise your understanding of flour. What is flour,…

It’s World Egg Day. Let’s Get Cracking!

Have you ever found yourself Googling such egg-related queries as “How much cholesterol is in an egg?”, “Are egg yolks healthy?” or “Are brown eggs worth the price?” If so, your confusion and uncertainty are understandable. Over the decades, eggs have been alternately demonised, praised, and demonised again in food and nutrition circles. While they’ve…

Know Your Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of the most popular vegetables used in cooking. They’re rich, versatile, savoury and pair with a huge variety of flavours. They can punch up a soup, balance out a steak and even step up as a hearty main course when meat isn’t an option. This is a quick guide to cover some…