Recipe: Apple Turnovers

Apple season is upon us and what fine way to honour the season with a tasty treat such as apple turnovers. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon sweet treat, the below recipe is simple, using ready-made puff pastry, and adds a nice touch to a traditional apple turnover with a vanilla glaze. Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including … Continue reading Recipe: Apple Turnovers

Paris to open the world’s largest urban rooftop farm pioneering its own technique in aeroponic farming

Paris is to house the world’s largest urban farm when a 150,000-square-foot rooftop garden, pioneering its own technique in aeroponic “vertical” farming, opens next year. The farm, located in the 15th arrondissement where it will occupy the rooftop of an exhibition complex, will grow more than 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables every day during high season. Equivalent to the size of about two football … Continue reading Paris to open the world’s largest urban rooftop farm pioneering its own technique in aeroponic farming

Zapotec chef Abigail Mendoza Ruiz keeping the culinary techniques and traditions of Ancient Mexico alive

Zapotec chef Abigail Mendoza Ruiz has become well-known for her indigenous Oaxacan cuisine made using ancient techniques from recipes passed down through the generations. Mexico’s Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonisation, Zapotecan civilisation was a thriving epicentre of food, culture and tradition. At Abigail Mendoza Ruiz’s Oaxaca-based restaurant, Tlamanalli, she serves exclusively Zapotec food prepared with recipes from her … Continue reading Zapotec chef Abigail Mendoza Ruiz keeping the culinary techniques and traditions of Ancient Mexico alive

Cascara: What is coffee cherry? How is it used?

Cascara refers to the outer husk of the coffee cherry, which holds the coffee bean until it’s mature enough to be harvested. Cascara was initially used as fertiliser or compost when coffee was harvested, and the cherries were separated from the coffee beans. For most farmers, cascara is considered a by-product to be discarded altogether. Not to be confused with cascara sagrada, cascara comes in … Continue reading Cascara: What is coffee cherry? How is it used?

Recipe: Fruit Scones

Scones, light and crumbly in texture, are an afternoon tea favourite. What’s great about scones is that you can eat them plain with butter or in afternoon tea tradition with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Scones are really simple to make and require few ingredients for a tasty teatime treat. Ingredients: 400g self-raising flour, plus more for dusting 1-and-1/2 tsp of baking powder 100g of … Continue reading Recipe: Fruit Scones

Restaurant Nolla: The Finnish eatery wanting to make zero-waste a norm in the wider restaurant industry

Three international chefs have made the Finnish city of Helsinki home for their zero-waste restaurant, the first of its kind in Finland. Restaurant Nolla is the brainchild of three friends – Carlos Henriques from Portugal, Albert Franch Sunyer from Barcelona, and Luka Balac from Serbia – who wanted to do something about the “outdated” waste management practices in the restaurant industry. Nolla works with local … Continue reading Restaurant Nolla: The Finnish eatery wanting to make zero-waste a norm in the wider restaurant industry

Recipe: Japanese Pickles (Tsukemono)

Japanese Pickles, known as Tsukemono in Japan, have been a staple of Japanese cuisine for centuries, now popular as a side dish, garnish and bar snack. There are various methods for making tsukemono – from simple salting or vinegar brining, through to the more complex fermentation process. All kinds of vegetables can be used to make tsukemono including ginger, Japanese radish (daikon or mooli), cucumber, … Continue reading Recipe: Japanese Pickles (Tsukemono)

Recipes from Food Scraps

Before you throw your vegetable scraps in the compost bin – onion skins et al – how about making a vegetable stock? Or if you have overripe bananas, how about slicing them up and freezing them? Ever considered making a pesto from stalks of herbs? The below video gives some inspiring ideas of what you can rustle up in the kitchen with food scraps. Rosa … Continue reading Recipes from Food Scraps

Chilli Sauces from Around the World

Chilli sauce adds a kick, a punch and some fire to any meal. One of the most popular condiments globally, chilli or hot pepper sauce has numerous health benefits too. Capsaicin, the active component found in chilli peppers that makes them spicy, is full of Vitamin C. Hot peppers come with high doses of essential minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins, including vitamin C and vitamin A. … Continue reading Chilli Sauces from Around the World

Recipe: Homemade Butter

Making homemade butter and buttermilk is simple and easy, and requires just one ingredient – double cream or whipping cream – and a container like a mason jar for hand churning. Ingredients: 300ml double cream or whipping cream Iced cold water Method: Pour double cream in to a 500ml mason jar. This should fill 2/3 of the jar. Put the lid on the jar and … Continue reading Recipe: Homemade Butter