Author Archives: Jason Ford

Carrot Top

Carrots have the unenviable status of being so common; they are often taken for granted. Which is a pity, as they have wide culinary versatility, great nutritional value, are inexpensive and indispensable in the kitchen. Did you know there is over … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Creamy Avocado

The avocado is listed by ‘Guinness Book of Records’ as the most nutritious fruit on earth. Avocado is rich in folate, mineral potassium, Vitamins A, B6, C and dietary fibre. They do not contain cholesterol, as commonly mistaken, although they do contain … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Some Like It Hot

Maybe you like chilli peppers or maybe you don’t? After all the heat from a chilli can vary from a slight tingle to a thermonuclear detonation. There are hundreds of varieties of chilli pepper. They vary in size, shape, colour and … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gotta Luv Garlic

An Italian chef once told me that if you eat lots of garlic, you will be more passionate about life. I have a slightly different theory; people either passionately love garlic or absolutely loathe it. My father can’t stand it. He … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sweet As A Pea

As a kid, I hated green peas. Firstly because they where green and secondly because they where a vegetable (although they’re botanically a fruit). Nowadays I don’t mind them, especially if they are garden fresh. Peas are a small, spherical … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mean and Green

Kiwifruit may be commonplace nowadays; however when I first started cooking in the mid 1980’s, it was still considered by many people as an exotic fruit. Kiwifruit has a long and interesting history. It was originally referred to as ‘Chinese Gooseberry’ … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cool As A Cucumber

It’s not only the most refreshing of all vegetables, cucumber is also one of the first vegetables to be cultivated – in fact it is believed that humans have grown them for several thousand years. Cucumbers can contain over 90 percent … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Off The Cobb

Corn has been eaten by humans for thousands of years. It was cultivated by the Inca, Mayan and Aztec. Corn is still a very prominent staple in South and Central America. In North America, the words ‘corn and maize’ describe a … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Capsicums or Peppers?

As an Australian, I personally don’t feel comfortable with ‘Capsicums’ being referred to as ‘Peppers’, its un-Australian by Crikey! However, it’s completely normal to call them bell peppers (or just peppers) in many other countries. Christopher Columbus purposefully misnamed the small … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Accidental Tomato

As much as I’d like to think of myself as a green-thumb, the truth is I’m not. My latest tomato vine grew randomly out of some chicken manure I used as fertilizer. With no TLC whatsoever, the vine produced the … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Cooking | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment