When is a shallot not a shallot? When its a banana
- also known as banana shallots - are taking Britains
kitchens by storm. This versatile vegetable, which is a cross
between an onion and a shallot, has seen 35% growth year on
The British grown vegetable has become the darling of professional
kitchens all over the country because it is so easy to prepare.
And now the secret is out and echalions have found their way
onto our supermarket shelves.
The versatile Echalion can add a subtle hint of
flavour or be the main ingredient for any recipe calling for
shallots. They are perfect for braising with meats, roasting
with vegetables or with soups. Finely chop and add to broths
and sauces, or sauté with mushrooms, says
Chef Tom Aikens.
British grown echalions are available from September to mid-May.
They are grown in the Eastern counties of Britain (Bedfordshire,
Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk) where the sandy soil
and warmer temperatures provide the ideal growing conditions.
Here are some recipes to try using the more familiar round
When it comes to food and cooking it is always difficult
to find gifts because those that are really into their cooking
tend to have all the equipment they want, and nor do they
want their favourite worn down wooden spoon replacing with
a brand new one or some alternative trendy stirring tool.
So what do you buy them? Ever thought of ceramics, Spanish
ceramics that is? There is such a wide range and they make
a great way to serve food. Presentation is all important
and what could make a better present .
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took a stroll around the Spanish Ceramics pages on their
site. I wish I had a huge kitchen - I'd order ALL OF IT.
a stroll for yourself at www.orceserranohams.com
Iain Macdonald and Gayle Hartley realised their dream of
moving to Andalucia and establishing their own business in
Serrano Hams is an online Spanish delicatessen
specialising in cured hams, locally cured delicacies, terracotta
cookware and Spanish ceramics. If you love Spanish food, tapas
and traditional earthenware you can choose your very own and
have it delivered DIRECT from Spain
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been told that you have to be on Facebook if you
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