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Your best food discovery of 2014

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CogitOIOIO Tue 23-Dec-14 22:59:56

What food, ingredient, dish, preparation method etc have you discovered this year that has changed the way you eat? It's been humble 'cooking bacon' (Sainsbury) in our house. No idea how I missed it previously.

JamNan Wed 24-Dec-14 09:26:27

Spelt flour for making bread and pastry.

pinkisthenewpink Wed 24-Dec-14 09:32:47

Za'atar spice mix. Not just great for middle eastern stuff, I rub it over my roast chicken for Sunday dinner. Really lovely!

Tipsykisses Wed 24-Dec-14 09:44:55

Spice drops ,they are wonderful , so handy to have in the store cupboard .

R4roger Wed 24-Dec-14 09:46:44

cooking bacon here too

and got back into my Bean Book, veggie lasagne, veggie shepherds pie, which DC now they are teens like!

Black pepper tofu from 'Plenty' was a revelation. We don't have it as often as I'd like because dd2 isn't fond of it, but I highly recommend it.

Also, I have managed to train myself to eat bananas, in an attempt to start eating 'proper' breakfast.

RojaGato Wed 24-Dec-14 12:50:56

In the last few days, green olives stuffed with gherkins from a spanish deli. They are delicious and are hilariously phallic.

I have started making stock, often enough that I always have some in the fridge. It has just made so many dishes really easy, I never buy jars of sauces any more.

Dropdeadfred2 Wed 24-Dec-14 13:25:07

what is cooking bacon??

dreamingofsun Wed 24-Dec-14 17:12:24

frozen chopped onions - so easy and quick to use, and pretty cheap too. And i have an allotment that i grow veg on!

FluffyRedSocks Wed 24-Dec-14 17:14:03

Frozen veg! Always thought it would be crap, but in the right dishes/ cooked to Al dente it's actually passable!

DXBMermaid Wed 24-Dec-14 17:15:41

Flavoured oils.
Fvourites so far are mint and blood orange.

The mint one is amazing sloshed over feta with za'atar. The blood orange one goes so well with thinly sliced fennel with blue cheese and raisins.

MERLYPUSSEDOFF Wed 24-Dec-14 19:32:07

Anchovies in tins. Fried off with garlic and their oil and grated courgette. Mix into linguine with S&P and parmesan. DT1's 'bestest dinner'.

LizzieMint Wed 24-Dec-14 19:35:41

Ah merly my kids favourite is tinned mackerel/sardines with pasta, I will have to try adding grated courgette to get a vegetable into them.

Pippidoeswhatshewants Wed 24-Dec-14 19:35:56

Onion chutney, with Brie. A revelation!

WerewolfBarMitzvah Wed 24-Dec-14 19:38:51

I was late to the BLAvocadoT sandwich party but I'm making up for lost time.

R4roger Wed 24-Dec-14 19:50:54

i puree food that i want to hide, ie. chick peas, mushrooms

lisaloulou84 Wed 24-Dec-14 19:53:51

Slutty brownies. Feel free to google....

nikki1978 Wed 24-Dec-14 19:54:13

My spiralizer. Adding courgette noodles to my pasta has made it much tastier and healthier to boot smile

EElisavetaofJingleBellsornia Wed 24-Dec-14 19:56:42

Gram flour for savoury muffins!

Sausages123 Wed 24-Dec-14 19:59:32

Nectarine and mozzarella salad

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Wed 24-Dec-14 20:28:28

This gorgeous Japanese salad dressing - sesame and soy and I'm not sure what else. It is absolutely delicious, I could drink the stuff! Given to me as a "hostess present" from a friend who lived in Tokyo for 5 years, and I managed to find it in a specialty Japanese food shop near us.

Biscetti Wed 24-Dec-14 20:31:28

Yuzu, Hearts - if it us, I totally agree. It's absolutely divine.

Biscetti Wed 24-Dec-14 20:32:22


Gingerfudge Wed 24-Dec-14 21:40:20

Home made sourdough - even the dcs are converts
Waitrose Perry - just enough sweetness
Mustard, gherkins and smoked paprika - deep love - never appreciated them before.
Good burgers - I'm almost obsessed with finding the perfect example, McD's & Burger King need not apply.

McLellands Seriously Strong cheddar cheese sauce. It's amazing. I got it from ocado, I've not seen it anywhere else.

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