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Flavours of January

12 January 2011
Flavours of January

Madalene Bonvini-Hamel, who runs the British Larder pub and restaurant in Bromeswell, Suffolk, looks at January's prime ingredients

January is a time when resolutions are made and then broken in the blink of an eye. The game season is slowly coming to an end as we see the last of the partridges, pheasants and wild ducks. Seville oranges are plentiful, and perfect for making marmalade.

Woodcock

In Britain, woodcock is a delicacy and is very expensive. Cooking the woodcock with its guts and everything else is an age-old tradition. Once cooked, the guts turn into a pâte, and most people serve this on toast. But for this woodcock recipe (see page 42), the guts were whisked into the sauce to enrich it.

Venison

Venison's wild, gamey flavour varies from species to species, as does the colour of the meat, which ranges from deep, dark red to almost black.

Salsify

Black salsify is also known as the black oyster plant, as it tastes like oysters when cooked. Once peeled, the white interior oxidises quickly, so place the peeled salsify sticks immediately in lemon water, or add a spoonful of vitamin C powder to ice cold water and submerge them in this solution before cooking.

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes taste similar to water chestnuts. They contains the carbohydrate inulin (not insulin) instead of starch, which makes them an important source of fructose for the food and pharmaceutical industry.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates, with their beautiful pearled red seeds, come mainly from the Middle East, America and South-east Asia. They are said to have health benefits as they contain a high level of antioxidants and are rich in vitamin C, potassium and fibre.

RECIPES

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Rose-scented panna cotta with pomegranate jelly jewels >>

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