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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wherever you are in the world, take a trip to the snack aisle in the supermarket.You’re pretty much guaranteed to find a whole range of (wonderfully unhealthy) snacks, often unique to the country or region. In fact, you’ll be amazed to find a whole host of commonplace snack foods you didn’t even know existed. In […]

It might sound dramatic, but the history of beans is intricately woven into the history of human civilisation. Many of the earliest permanent societies, as hunter-gatherers settled and began to develop systems of agriculture, depended heavily on domesticated varieties of beans for sustenance. A reliable source of protein to complement staples such as wheat and […]

Mildreds is a chain vegetarian restaurant that comprises three branches across London – the original is in Soho, and two newer locations in King’s Cross and Camden. The restaurant was launched by two friends in 1988 with the intention of providing “good value, fresh and colourful international vegetarian food,” at a time when such stuff […]