Q & A
How would I use psyllium husk?
In baking, cereals and smoothies. The product is used as a fibre supplement; it doesn’t have much flavour and works as a thickener and binding ingredient, useful in gluten-free baking. Psyllium husk comes from the seeds of a small bushy annual (Plantago ovata) belonging to the plantain family, and it’s attributed with health benefits that range from aiding weight loss to reducing cholesterol levels. You’ll find it in good supermarkets, priced at around $7 per 200g. But don’t overdo it, and drink plenty of water.
Can I use sherry instead of wine in cooking?
Usually, but note that the flavour of sherry is more pronounced: one tablespoon is equivalent to about 3 tablespoons of wine. So use just a third of the amount called for, adding water to make up the difference as needed. A bottle of genuine Spanish sherry won’t break the bank, and even once opened should keep for months. Choose a dry variety (eg fino) for preference; a dash added to casseroles and soups towards the end of cooking time helps lift the flavour.