Monthly Archives: July 2017

SPOTLIGHT on… PEANUT (#11)

First domesticated several thousand years ago, probably in present day Argentina or Bolivia, the peanut is now eaten worldwide. Upon reaching the shores of Mesoamerica in the early 16th century, Spanish colonisers discovered the peanut plant (or tlalcacahuatl in the local Nahuatl language), where it had spread from South America and was widely cultivated for […]

Take the Victoria line to Latin America: do you know your buñuelos from your arepas?

Discover authentic Latin American food at Pueblito Paisa a.k.a Seven Sisters Indoor Market 231-243 High Rd, London N15 5BT Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm and Fri-Sat 9am- late When it comes to real Latin American food in London it’s time to forget Andina, Ceviche or Gaucho and head north to Seven Sisters Indoor Market, or as the […]

SPOTLIGHT on… MINT (#10)

Native to the Mediterranean and Asia, mint is somewhat of a mystery – we know that several different species exist, but nobody knows exactly how many. It is estimated that there could be around fifteen, but the distinction between them is not always clear, and hybrids are common and naturally occurring. Very mint-sterious! What we […]

REVIEW: Supermarket cheese-topped rolls

I find the bakery section of the supermarket very intriguing, and especially the selection of individual bread rolls. My mum rarely, if ever, bought them when I was younger, and the level of mystique surrounding the contents of those brown wicker baskets remains to the present day. Even now that I’m twenty-three and miles away […]

SPOTLIGHT on… BUTTERNUT SQUASH (#9)

You would assume the ubiquitous, ever-popular butternut squash would have a long agricultural and culinary history. It is, however, relatively new on the squash scene, bred in the 1940s by Mr. Charles Leggett, a local resident of Stow, Massachusetts who sought to develop a squash variety which was larger, sweeter, nuttier, butterier, and easier to […]

Boquete: coffee, strawberries and cream at 4,000 feet

Sat in my kagool clutching a small plastic pot of fresh strawberries, the sound of torrential rain rushing in from outside, Wimbledon suddenly felt a lot closer. I was half expecting Sue Barker to emerge from the tropical vegetation with a television crew. Taking shelter from the rain, I tucked into the strawberries, closed my […]

SPOTLIGHT on… CASSAVA (#8)

Cassava, also known as yuca or manioc, may be the most important food crop you’ve never heard of. A major staple food across the developing world, drought-tolerant and capable of growth in poor soil, it provides a reliable basic diet for some half a billion people worldwide. Consumed for centuries by native South Americans, it […]