Who dares, wins

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ow of­ten I’ve been in­trigued by the lat­est “it” in­gre­di­ent and dashed off to the stores to find it or, as I’m in­creas­ingly in the habit of do­ing, get­ting a lit­tle too “click happy” as I pop it into my on­line shop­ping cart. Yes, you name it, ev­ery­thing from an­cient grains to ex­otic spices and al­lur­ingly in­fused oils are placed with cer­e­mo­nial aplomb in my fridge and on pantry shelves, ready for their de­but at my next meal.

What hap­pens next? These smart and shiny re­cruits get pro­gres­sively nudged back in the ranks by the lat­est ar­rivals that land fresh from ar­ti­san hands and for­eign lands un­til, one year later, my trusty do­mes­tic musters them to fall in on the kitchen counter for a march­ing out pa­rade, where ex­pi­ra­tion dates are, much to my dis­may, the de­cid­ing fac­tors on which of them have to meet a sad fate and which still stand a slim chance of mak­ing their way onto a plate.

Then, spurred on by the guilt of all those promis­ing prod­ucts that never reached their full po­ten­tial, I round up the re­main­ing few troops for a mis­sion into un­known ter­ri­tory. Un­de­terred, I en­sure their dis­per­sal – be it via blitz­ing, whizzing, sprin­kling or driz­zling – into dar­ing dishes that, I’m de­lighted to say, are met with a re­sponse wor­thy of a hero’s wel­come. And, oh,

I do rel­ish that rush of tri­umph! This is­sue, in par­tic­u­lar, makes me re­call this won­der­ful grat­i­fi­ca­tion when ven­tur­ing off my charted course has not only proved suc­cess­ful but also ex­panded my hori­zons. Thus, I hope you, too, will be in­spired by the truly de­li­cious re­sults we had this month when us­ing tahini in a range of en­tic­ing recipes (page 42), golden lin­seed flour in Inè Reynierse’s rus­tic vic­tory bread (page 98), moringa pow­der in rice-pa­per spring rolls with green god­dess dress­ing (page 104) and more.

So, with­out fur­ther ado, I urge you to go forth and con­quer – be­fore those ex­pi­ra­tion dates catch up with you!

Res­o­lutely yours,

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