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" Almost every culture has its own variation on chicken soup, and rightly so - it's one of the most gratifying dishes on the face of the Earth. "
" If I must choose between healthy and tasty, I go for the second: having only one life to waste, it might as well be a pleasurable one. "
" Beetroot is a great salad ingredient, especially when still warm; the colour ain't bad, either. "
" Taleggio is the perfect cheese to melt over a warm dish. "
" Just-poached vegetables show off their natural attributes and taste fresh and light in a way you never get with roasting or frying. "
" Turkish cuisine is, to my mind, one of the most exciting and accomplished in the world. "
" Mackerel is sustainable and healthy. "
" I always pan-fry sprouts - it retains texture and enhances flavour. "
" Tahini is fantastically versatile, its deep, nutty flavour a harmonious match with roasted vegetables, grilled oily fish or barbecued meat. "
" For my money, celery hasn't got a mean bit of fibre in its body, and we all need to start being much nicer to it. "
" I like to add something unusual to a dish. "
" Many ingredients are called 'earthy,' but none comes as close to fitting the bill as buckwheat. I'm mildly obsessed with the stuff. "
" Brussels sprouts are really quite versatile. "
" Like brown rice, black rice is unmilled, and it is the dark outer husk that makes it so nutty and chewy. It's also why it takes longer to cook than many other rices. "
" It's hard to beat the rough texture of steel-cut oats, with their slight resistance against the teeth. "
" Yoghurt cuts sweetness and richness, tempers spice, and makes a dish sing. "
" Tel Aviv is the most exciting place to eat in Israel. "
" I used to have a very unmediated experience of food but, because of the recipe testing, I've lost that now. I can't switch it off even when I'm on holiday. "
" Buttermilk's palate-cleansing tartness is one reason it's used a lot in southern India, where meals often end with a small bowl of the stuff served with plain rice and pickles. "
" Buckwheat, like Marmite and durian, is a seriously divisive foodstuff, so it needs a seriously capable defence team if it's ever going to make it on to most people's dinner tables. "
" I have had to come to terms with the fact that I am hooked on Twitter. Not good. "
" Chickpeas are one of my favourite things to serve with chorizo or lamb meatballs; they also work brilliantly as the quiet partner in a vibrant alphonso mango salad. "
" The differences between a tart, a pie and a quiche are a blur. "
" Speaking as someone who didn't go through the U.K. school system, with all the culinary baggage that entails, I am inordinately fond of custard in any shape or form. "
" The only way reliably to gauge the heat of any particular chilli is to cut it in half, so exposing the core and membranes, and to dab the cut surface on your tongue. "
" A quick shallow fry is a great way to transform leftovers, and no more so than in the case of risotto. "
" Pomegranate molasses is ubiquitous in Arabic cooking: it's sweet, sour and adds depth. "
" I am sure that in the story of Adam and Eve, the forbidden fruit was a fig and not an apple, pear or anything else. "
" Agave nectar is a good substitute for refined sugars. It has a relatively low glycaemic index, which means it doesn't cause quick rises in blood sugar levels. It also has a nice, mild flavour. "
" Middle Eastern cuisine has the same depth of ingredients and processes as other cuisines. They just haven't had as much exposure. "
" Orange blossom water would make a magical addition to your store cupboard. "