Balsamic Vinegar

Description Balsamic vinegar is an Italian condiment that was first produced in the Modena region. This dark, aromatic, rich syrup is made by fermenting grape. An extract is obtained from boiling pressed grapes, and this extract in allowed to age in kegs. Usage Balsamic vinegar has a sweet-sour taste. It is extremely strong and tart,...
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Baking Powder

Description Baking powder is used as a rising agent in baking. This white fine powder helps release carbon dioxide gas into dough or batter, aerating it and making it increase in size. Usage Baking powder is tasteless and usually used in small quantities. It is best to allow dough or batter which has baking powder...
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Baby Corn

Description Immature cobs of corn, which are harvested before they reach their full size, are referred to as baby corns. Baby corns are usually a few inches long. They can be eaten raw or cooked. Baby corn is used in Asian cuisines. Usage Baby corns are fresh, juicy and sweet. When cooked correctly they are...
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Avocado

Description Avocado is a tropical fruit. It has a waxy dark green skin which is inedible. The flesh inside is light green, creamy and sweet. At the centre is a hard core. Usage Raw avocado is bitter and unappetizing. Once rip it is sweet and delicious. The flesh becomes soft, almost buttery and can be...
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Arrow Root

Description This is an ingredient native to South America but is now used in cuisines around the world. This root vegetable is often dried and ground into a powder that resembles corn starch, and can be used in a similar way. Fresh whole arrow root is less common than the flour. Usage The primary use...
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Anchovies

Description Anchovies are small, silver salt water fish that are used in a lot of western European cooking. Anchovies are usually preserved in oil and salt, which intensifies their flavour and makes their flesh a dark grey. Usage Because of their strong flavour anchovies are generally used sparingly in a dish. They are used in...
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Alafalfa Sprouts

Description This plant belongs to the pea family. The small seeds are allowed to germinate and they sprout within 3-4 days increasing to almost 20 times their size. Usage Alfalfa sprouts are eaten raw and do not really need any cooking. The sprouts are crunchy, juicy and neutral tasting. They can be added to salads,...
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