Dried cornflower

The cornflower centaurea cyanus is an edible flower belonging to the daisy family. Most notably associated with its vivid azure-blue (“your eyes are like cornflowers”) it does in fact come in several other colours including […]

Coarse salt and coarse sea salt

Many modern recipes call for coarse salt or coarse sea salt and various brands are readily available in stores and supermarkets. A reference to “coarse salt” in a recipe means what in the USA is generally […]

Date syrup

Date syrup is a healthy, natural sweetener made from concentrated date juice and widely available in jars and bottles sold commercially in supermarkets and health food shops. The better brands contain no preservatives or additives, […]

Coconut jam

Coconut jam is a spread, or curd, made from a base of coconut milk, eggs, and sugar. Enormously popular in south-east Asia, especially Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, it can be found sold in jars or […]

Coconut vinegar

Although well known and popular in the Philippines, coconut vinegar is only just being discovered in the USA and the rest of the western world so there are few recipes that mention it and not […]

Coconut oil

You will often find coconut oil among the ingredients in the recipes of The Naughty Cook. Not only is the taste delicious, so is the aroma while cooking. Many people prefer it as (arguably) a […]


Molasses – known as black treacle in the United Kingdom – is a by-product of refining table sugar. The most common form is from refining sugarcane or sugar beet, but other forms of extraction exist, […]

Brown rice syrup

Brown rice syrup, also branded as rice malt syrup, is a runny sweetener like honey and is sold in jars. It is more generally found in Chinese or health food shops rather than in basic […]


The oat (Avena sativa), sometimes referred to as the common oat, is a cereal grain plant producing seeds known as “groats”. When these are crushed, or forced through steel rollers, they become rolled oats, or oatmeal, […]

Sweet potatoes

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is native to the tropical parts of North America and is also known in some parts of the world as a yam or a kumara. It is not the same as […]

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