I was sitting at home thinking about something different to cook for dinner, when I decided to look for some different ingredients to use. These are few I have tried.
Maybe you might be interested too...........
Agar agar - an excellent alternative to gelatine for vegetarians. It can be used in jellies, desserts and custards.
Bonito flakes - dried, fermented and shaved tuna, used in mainly Japanese cooking to make dashi stock.
Durian fruit - smells like hell tastes like heaven. Tropical fruit, normally purchased frozen so the aroma does not offend as much.
Eel (smoked) - sometimes called unagi (Japanese). Very tasty, served with plain, steamed rice.
Feijoa - a fruit which tastes like a tropical fruit salad. Very good for making jam. Sometimes called a pineapple guava.
Gram Flour - made from chick peas, it makes a very tasty batter for vegetables, especially cauliflower.
Hogget - a lamb entering its second year. It has a stronger flavour than lamb but is very good slow roasted for 8 hours with garlic and rosemary.
Jamon - Iberica or Spanish ham. Use like you would prosciutto. Very tasty.
Jicama - this was a great find. The crunch is wonderful in salads. Great in Asian and Mexican salads.
Loquat - a small pear shaped fruit the colour of apricots but with a flavour similar to cherries. Great For jams, jellies, tarts and pies.
Pink Fir Apple - not an apple at all but a potato! Very good for potato salad.
Quince - a large yellow skinned fruit which when cooked with sugar makes a wonderful paste called membrillo. Wonderful to eat with Manchego cheese.
Well, that's a few new foods I have tried. What have you tried? Let me know. I love to try different foods and experiment with flavours. Happy cooking.