Rhubarb and Black Pepper Ice Cream

 

A scoop of rhubarb and black pepper ice cream

Rhubarb and Black pepper Ice cream.

This was something of an experiment. If black pepper marries with strawberries and caramel and such like then why not with rhubarb which also has an inherent sweetness hidden behind its natural sourness. The quantity of black pepper looks a little alarming but it works like magic, deepening and extending the full flavour of the rhubarb.  The actual colour of the ice cream was an unappealing greenish pink but the addition of a small quantity of powdered pink food colouring or cochineal brings the whole effect to life. Continue reading

Whole grain basmati pilav with cashewnuts and apricot

Beetroot Curry served with whole grain pilaf and coconut lime chutney

Beetroot Curry served with whole grain pilaf and coconut lime chutney

 A tasty and nutritious alternative to simple boiled rice. The nuts adding protein to vegetarian curry accompaniments and the sweetness of the apricot helping to mellow the heat of chilli.  The secret to fluffy rice with separate grains is it not a rice cooker but a tea towel !- It works every time. Continue reading

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