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|These are thin flat cakes made of batter and fried
in an omelette pan.
The basic pancake is spread with a sweet or
savoury coating, maple syrup, honey or lemon juice is often used.
Often the pancake is then rolled as shown in the picture and coated
||An Italian meat made from un-smoked bacon which is
cured with various spices. The spiced bacon is rolled then thinly
|This is Hungarian red pepper. It is a type of sweet
capsicum (pepper) of a brilliant red colour which is grown in Southern
Europe. It has a piquant flavour which is commonly used in
goulashes, and various sauces. It is often sprinkled over cheese and
sea fish. The name Paprika comes from the Hungarian word for 'sweet
Click here for our excellent and authentic Hungarian Paprika
||This is a native plant of Sardinia and was
introduced into the UK in about 1548. Parsley is a herb which
is green and has flat or crinkled leaves. The flavour is similar to
mild celery. There are two main varieties, curly leaf parsley and
flat leaf parsley (also known as Italian parsley). Flat lead parsley
has most flavour and is the best type for adding flavour to dishes.
Curly leaf parsley is dark green and is excellent for adding colour
and texture as a garnish.
Rich in vitamin C and trace elements,
parsley is often used in herbal medicines. It is known sometimes as
the "herb of health".
Frozen peas served with an omlette
|Peas are small, round green vegetable seeds which
are enclosed in a pod. The pods are edible but normally only the
peas themselves are eaten. In some varieties however, such as mange
tout, the pods and peas are eaten together.
The sweetest and
tenderest peas are called petit pois and harvested earlier than
standard peas. Peas are sold as fresh peas in their pods, frozen
peas which have been removed from the pod and dried peas. Dried peas
were popular before freezing became available. Dried peas are the
principal ingredient in 'mushy peas', popular in the UK.
Fresh or frozen peas are normally boiled in cooking but they are
sometimes microwaved, steamed or braised. They accompany other food
as a very popular hot vegetable. Additionally they are used in
soups, salads and casseroles.
Peas as we know them today were bred in Italy in the 17th
Century. Christopher Columbus is reputed to have planted the first
peas in America.
||Pepper is a common spice which is used to flavour
food. It is normally available in three colours, black, white and
green. Click here for our in depth
article on pepper.
||A green coloured sauce made from olive oil, Parmesan
cheese, garlic, and basil. It is often used to flavour sauces for
pasta and can contain other herbs and even nuts.