Core ingredients used in many other recipes.
Garlic is one of those superfoods with so many health-giving benefits that there is no excuse not to consume it at every opportunity. This slow-roasted garlic recipe results in garlic that is milder and sweeter than raw garlic but still has all the nutritional benefits.
Dashi stock is a foundation component of many Japanese and Korean dishes. It is packed with umami, so the taste of whatever you layer on top of it is greatly enhanced. This “how to make dashi” recipe provides a straightforward method and great result.
Versions of sweet chilli jam appear in many cuisines. This version is inspired by the chilli jam found in Central Vietnam, or tương ớt in Vietnamese. I first tried it in Hoi An with some Cao Lầu. This homemade jam is delicious and a very versatile addition to a wide range of dishes.
Cured salmon, or gravlax, has its origins in Scandinavia in the Middle Ages where it was used as a way to preserve the salmon. The citrus, gin, and star anise add new layers of flavour to what can be achieved with the basic curing process.