Rice bran oil

Extracted from the hard outer brown layer of the rice husk after it has been chaffed, rice bran oil is notable for both its mild flavour and its high smoke point (232°C / 450°F) which […]


It is easy for people to become confused about bacon, prosciutto, and pancetta. They are all pork products, look the same, taste similar, and are often substituted for each other. So what’s special about pancetta? […]

Orzo pasta

A form of short-crust pasta, orzo is the Italian word for barley (from the Latin hordeum) and is shaped like a large grain or rice or barley. As with any other pasta, it can be […]

Freeze dried cranberries

Cranberries are the red-coloured fruit of the cranberry shrub, a low, creeping evergreen bush or vine native to a number of countries in North and South America, Central and Northern Europe. They are a major commercial crop […]

Red wine vinegar

A vinegar can be produced from the juice of most fruits and grains although the word itself comes from the French vin aigre, meaning sour wine. It was almost certainly discovered by accident at least […]

Soy sauce

Soy sauce, a condiment quintessentially associated with Chinese cuisine, is known to have originated in China around the 2nd century CE. It is made from the fermented paste of boiled soybeans, roasted grain, brine, and […]


  Sumac is a spice widely used in Middle East and Mediterranean cooking. The sumac bush, with its deep red berries which are dried and ground into a coarse powder, is native to the Middle […]

Evaporated milk

Evaporated milk is not to be confused with condensed milk even though in some countries it is referred to as unsweetened condensed milk. Basically, evaporated milk is unsweetened and condensed milk (when called just condensed […]

Hemp oil

Hemp oil, or more correctly, hempseed oil, is refined from varieties of the plant Cannabis sativa, but should not be confused with hash oil which is made from the Cannabis flower. Hemp oil is made […]


Kalpasi, also known as the black stone flower or sea lichen, or in the Middle East shebat al ajooz or ishna, is a species of lichen used as a spice in certain parts of India. […]

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