The season for jam-making is just heating up. Non-cooks might wonder why anyone would want to slave away in the kitchen when it's 30 degrees out-side, sweating over a stove while stirring a pot of scalding jam.

Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am

Peanut butter bars

Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber Peanut Butter Bar

HK$24 for 45 grams, Just Green

This does contain a lot of fibre - a whopping 12 grams, or nearly half your daily need - per bar, but the flavour is sadly lacking. However, if you can get past the taste, it's a nutritious 140-calorie snack made with six whole grains and sweetened by 100 per cent fruit juice.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

David Hawksworth

How did you become a chef? 'From an early age, I appreciated nice food. I spent a lot of time with my grandmother when I was growing up and she cooked everything from scratch - nothing was pre-made. I love the challenge of cooking, and how it's different every day.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


26 Aberdeen Street, Central Tel: 2858 2022 Open: 8am-11.30am, noon-5pm (Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm), 6pm-1am Cuisine: French

Price: about HK$400 without drinks and the service charge.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Laduree - The Savory Recipes

Laduree - The Savory Recipes By Michel Lerouet

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bachelor's jam

Recently, while poking around the dusty shelf that I reserve for home-made preserves, I came across a forgotten jar of bachelor's jam, which, according to my notes, I had 'put up' two years ago. I tasted it and found that, over time, the berries, brandy and sugar had mellowed into a rich, fruity mixture that was still extremely potent.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Peta, mixed up in pate, cooks celebrity butcher's goose

Let me share a couple of delicious ironies: that a butcher can be a celebrity and the word 'pate' is an anagram of Peta, the animal rights people.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Get funky

Gjetost doesn't resemble traditional cheese, which is usually made by coagulating milk and draining it to remove the whey. The translation of the alternative spelling, geitost, from the Norwegian, is 'goat cheese' - and who am I to argue?

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Almond Butter

Ceres Organics Almond Butter

300 grams for HK$89.90, ThreeSixty

This rich spread from New Zealand is made from only organic almonds - lightly roasted and ground - and salt, and is therefore as natural and wholesome as almond butter gets. It's easy to stir and spreads on smoothly.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Spread a little nuttiness

Probably the most famous nut butter is peanut butter, which is actually not a 'butter' in the traditional dairy sense, or made from nuts (peanuts are classed as legumes). Yet for many, especially those with children, peanut butter has long been a kitchen cupboard staple.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Low-sugar jams

Enjoy Blueberry

HK$35.90 for 310 grams, Great

This jam has 70 per cent fruit and a good sweetness. But to taste it, you'll need a spoon rather than a spread knife; it has a watery consistency that made my toast soggy.

Verdict: Too light - mixing it with some peanut butter will help.

Smucker's Low Sugar Strawberry Preserves

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Tart deco

I've been searching the markets for apricots, one of my favourite fruits, since mid-spring. More than once I've been fooled by the sight of the loquat, which has the same colour but a very different taste and texture. When I finally found apricots at a wet market a couple of weeks ago, I bought several kilos.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

On the shelf

Himalayan pink salt was - for a while - the sel du jour for foodies. It's a pretty colour and sounds exotic. Now we discover it doesn't actually come from the Himalayas - it's mined in Pakistan. Still, the salt fetches high prices at most shops. We found a version imported from Japan that's much cheaper: Himaraya Rock Salt is only HK$60 for 250 grams.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bouchon Bistro Francais

49 Elgin Street, SoHo Tel: 2525 9300 Open: noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm

Cuisine: French bistro food

Price: about HK$300 without drinks and the service charge.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

We'll always have Paris

The Epicurean Group has closed Le Parisien, its French restaurant in the IFC Mall and replaced it with ... another French restaurant. The group wanted to move away from fine dining to something more casual so substituted the more formal restaurant with Le Petit Paris.

The 3,000 sq ft space (bottom right) seats 130, including six at the seafood bar.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am