By the end of the season of any reality TV cooking show, I always find myself getting annoyed at the overuse of certain phrases. “Plating up.”Pointy end of this culinary journey.” “Balance of flavours.” Just to give you a few examples. “Favourite key ingredient” is another one.
The things is though, these phrases are generally pretty good at summing up whatever it is that the person is trying to say. Take my last example, “favourite key ingredient.”
A favourite key ingredient is an ingredient within a dish or a recipe that ‘makes it’. It’s one that brings about a bit of a warm and fuzzy feeling just by mentioning it’s name, or by simply seeing a jar, bottle, bunch of it there in your pantry or fridge.
Without this ingredient the dish would be nothing. At best, bland and tasteless. At worst, non-existent!
Apart from our favourite key ingredients, most of us have our favourite brands of these ingredients that are our “go-to’s” whenever that item is required.
Below I’ve written 5 super duper simple recipes that demonstrate clearly how some of my favourite key brands shine within a dish. All of these key ingredients are available at IGA stores across the country. Find your nearest store.
RECIPE 1) Nutella Fudge