No. 53 - March 2007
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Happy Cooking !
Florence Sandeman, Editor
A friend got some vinegar in his ear,
now he suffers from pickled hearing.
This Month's Features
March is National Peanut Month (US) Click the picture to find out about Peanuts including its origin history and of course lots of recipes
Food in Film
Click the film to see the next in the series. This month it coincides with National Noodle Month.... depending on your point of view!
What's in Season
Rhubarb, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, leeks, mint, parsley, parsnips, purple sprouting broccoli Leeks, Onions, parsnips, Parsnips, Pears, Potatoes, Spring cabbage, Turnips, Walnuts, naval oranges,
How does your Kitchen Garden grow
Even if you haven't decided yet what you want to grow, bought your seed and planned your planting you still have plenty of time. And don't fret about ordering your seed: today's garden centres have an increasing range of vegetable seeds to choose from including the miniature varieties.
Although March is thought to be the usual time for sowing many vegetable seeds, do keep an eye on the weather. At the moment we have had some extremely cold days and nights over here in the UK and I for one am certainly not even contemplating sowing any seeds until the very end of the month.
If you are enjoying more clement spring weather then below are some of the seeds you can start to sow.
Broad beans, Brussels sprouts, dill, summer cabbage, carrots, turnips cauliflowers, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, peas lettuce, marjoram, parsnips, radish, spinach, spring onions
Aubergines, Capsicums (Sweet peppers), Chives, mint, oregano parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet basil thyme, tomatoes
Although I’ve given you a list of suitable seeds to sow indoors, once again you should take into consideration outdoor conditions. Once they’ve germinated, it won’t be long before indoor sown plants start to romp away but delays in planting them out could leave you struggling with weak lanky plants. If in doubt, sow a couple of weeks later than you had anticipated.
For detailed growing instructions on the above-mentioned visit growing herbs and vegetables section
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March 1st is St. David's Day
St. David is the patron saint of Wales. Visit our St. David's Day page for lots of Welsh recipes
March is National Noodle Month (US)
The eating of noodles is often associated with Asian cooking in particular Chinese and Thai, but the term “noodle” covers a multitude of items, as the definition below shows:-
“A noodle is a thin strip of pasta, usually cut or extruded from some kind of dough. It is the basic unit in dishes like spaghetti, linguine, soba, and Udon. The term often refers to moist, cooked pasta, since it has connotations of curviness and slipperiness, but also to dried noodles that must be reconstituted by boiling or soaking in water.”
Why not try making your own with the aid of these specialist kitchenware items
Food in the News . . . .
Organic food sector under threat from new GM rules
New UK government proposals to allow up to 0.9 per cent GM in organic food without it being labelled threatens a highly lucrative industry, claim campaigners
>>>>> more (External Link)
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day
Even if you're not Irish, why not celebrate this world famous day by cooking up something from the Emerald Isle. We have a section dedicated to the Patron Saint of Ireland with a little background information about him plus LOTS of recipes. AND if you want to know about Ireland's rich culinary history you can visit the Ireland Cooking by Country page.
March is National Sauce Month (US)
A good sauce can make or break a meal. Sauces come in all sorts of formats, from very simple e.g. cream which is heated and slightly reduced with a hint of mustard added which can be made in 3 minutes, to the more complicated such as Demi-Glace based sauces which can take hours of preparation and cooking. We have over 100 sauce recipes on the site, so you're bound to find one to accompany whatever you're cooking.
Don't forget salsas too which is the Mexican word for SAUCE. Click the links below to go directly to the index pages where the recipes are listed in order of preparation time.
Whether you're looking for everyday, exotic or unusual food and drink, visit
UKFoodOnline.co.uk Food shopping has never been easier !
Recipe of the Month
As March is National Flour Month and rhubarb is coming into season, here’s a wonderful recipe using both. If you like rhubarb too, click here for lots of information and more recipes.
Makes 24-28 Biscuits
200g/7oz Demerara Sugar
200g/7oz Stewed Rhubarb, drained
225g/8oz Plain Flour
A large pinch of Salt
1 teasp Baking Powder
1 teasp Grated Nutmeg
1 teasp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teasp Ground cloves
1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease several baking trays.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
3. Add the egg a little at a time and beating until well incorporated.
4. Stir in the rhubarb and mix well.
5. In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder.
6. Add the flour mixture to the rhubarb mixture and mix until well blended then fold in the sultanas.
7. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing well apart, and bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges.
Cool on wire racks.
New and featured Recipes
V = Vegetarian GF = Gluten/wheat Free DF = Dairy Free
Homemade Tahini Vegan GF DF
Homemade Peanut Butter Vegan GF DF
Malay Mixed Salad V DF
Peanut Rice Vegan GF DF
Traditional Sate Sauce Vegan DF
Rhubarb Salsa V GF DF
Desserts Cakes & Bakes
Peanut Fool V GF
Peanut Ice Cream V GF
Silky Apples V DF
Pear Flan V GF
Rhubarb Parfait V GF
Soups, Appetisers & Starters
Squid and Mango Salad GF DF
African Peanut Soup GF DF
Thai Chicken Sates GF DF
Rhubarb and Mint Soup Vegan GF DF
Rhubarb and Spinach Salad Vegan GF DF
Foie Gras with Rhubarb GF DF
Green Tomato Salad Vegan GF DF
Pork with Peanut GF DF
African Peanut Stew Vegan GF DF
Peanut Crusted Beef GF DF
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