Green pesto

Green pesto Homemade green pesto is so easy and quick there really is no excuse for buying it in expensive jars. The one advantage the jar has is that it’s very convenient when you just […]

ProGel food colouring

ProGel food colouring The Naughty Cook regularly uses ProGel food colouring products by Lancashire UK-based company Rainbow Dust which was founded in 2008 by three people passionate about supplying cake decorators with edible glitter having […]

Red lentil fusilli pasta

Fusilli pasta is generally made from wheat flour, but various forms of pasta-substitute made from lentils are now commercially available. These look and cook just like their wheat counterparts but are gluten free and healthier. […]


A type of pork sausage contained in contained in a natural case of intestines, a method used since Roman times, chorizo (Spanish) or chouriço (Portuguese) comes is a number of different regional varieties. While the […]

Rapeseed oil

Used as animal feed and producing an oil that can be used both for cooking and to power vehicles, rapeseed is an extremely useful plant that really took off in the 1970s when it was […]

Macaroni pasta

A form of dried pasta made from durum wheat and traditionally shaped in short, narrow rubes, macaroni is more commonly associated in Italy with soup. Elsewhere, it is most famously associated with a baked dish […]


Most closely associated with the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy, tagliatelle is one of the many styles of pasta and resembles a length of ribbon in shape, being between 6.5 – 10mm (¼-¾ inch) […]

Cubeb pepper

Mostly grown in Java and Sumatra, cubeb pepper (Piper cubeba) is sometimes known as Java pepper or tailed  pepper. The fruit is gathered before it is fully ripe and then it is carefully dried. The […]

Hoisin sauce

Hoisin sauce is essentially made from beans, usually soy. There is no standard or even a traditional recipe as it springs more from Chinese peasant culture rather than the from the tradition of the Imperial […]

Parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese – officially known as Parmigiano-Reggiano, a name that under Italian law can only be applied to products made in the designated provinces – is a hard, granular cheese manufactured from unpasteurised cows’ milk. […]

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