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Seville oranges, first brought to Britain by Edward I's Spanish wife Queen Eleanor in the 13th century, are one of the few real seasonal fruits left, now that so many are available all year round. They're on sale for just six weeks, until the end of February. But don't pop them in your fruit bowl - these beautifully bitter oranges are perfect for cooking, but pretty nasty if eaten raw. Their most common use is in marmalade, but you can also grate the rind, mix with the juice and pour over roast duck for a traditional duck a l'orange, or finely grate the rind and add to sauces to serve with cod, halibut and scallops.
Fed up with fettucine? Bored with bows? Well, next time you're cooking up a quick pasta, you can eat your hat. Cunningly fashioned into little sombreros, Il Pastaio Matto Sombreroni are handmade from durum wheat, tomatoes, beetroot, saffron and spinach. They look brilliant, and you can stuff the inside of the hats with sauce. Available by mail-order from Monte's, pounds 6.75 (plus pounds 2 p&p) for 250g; call 0171-354 4335.
POSH-AS-YOU-LIKE RICE Surely you're not still buying those quaint little bags of easy-cook rice from the supermarket. Where have you been, darling? Those in the know will be snapping up this stylish bottle of black and white rice. It's a high-quality rice with natural vegetable colour, ideal for stir- fry dishes, rice salads or curries. Just add boiling salted water and simmer for 15 minutes. Available from supermarkets and delis; pounds 17.65 for 420g.
Loyd Grossman, the irrepressible vowel-mangling presenter of Masterchef, can help you make a meal in eight minutes with his new range of Pan Fry sauces. Simply add to meat, fish or vegetables for a quick and easy stove- top supper. The sauces include Moroccan Tagine (a blend of tomatoes, spices, garlic and herbs), Provencale (red peppers and courgettes), Dijonaise (mustard, tarragon and white wine) and Italian Lemon & Rosemary (with mascarpone). Available from supermarkets, pounds 1.55 for 350g.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 18, 2000|
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