I’m constantly looking for more natural and healthy ingredients to use in my recipes and the dishes we create at the Eliane Restaurant. This means trying and testing a whole array of unusual foodstuffs. Our choice to find healthier alternatives for every ingredient has challenged our creativeness and sent us searching for flavours that are often not found here in the UK. This Larder List is an introduction to some of the key ingredients we use and what the thinking is behind those choices.
I often run workshops and cookery demonstrations to give people ideas on how to work with a particular ingredient. So, if you have any questions or want more information, please send me a message!
A lot of the foods we are encouraged to eat or cut out of our diets don’t necessarily live up to the hype. For example, we’ve been told for years that we need to cut down on fat and the food industry has responded by offering fat free alternatives to some of our favourite foods. The problem is we perceive that these alternatives are better for us but in fact they can contain higher levels of artificial sweeteners, sugar and hydrogenated fats. All of these are bad for our health, as they have an impact on our cholesterol levels, weight, insulin production etc.
Wherever possible choose organic produce and make everything yourself, no processed food! We promise you that a few tablespoons of homemade Thai curry paste will completely transform what you eat and how it tastes. The same goes for herbs grown in your own garden or whole spices ground just before you need them.