Marks & Spencer are following in Mrs Beeton and Hilda Leyel's footsteps and introducing a new 'ingredients' range to tempt people to make more use of herbs and spices in the kitchen. The new range doesn't just include herbs and spices, they have a good range of basic ingredients such as orange blossom water, chickpeas and bulgar wheat as well. Instead of buying ready made dishes, M & S customers can now buy individual ingredients from M & S, assuming you shop at M & S of course!
In the last chapter of 'The Gentle Art Of Cookery' called 'The Alchemists Cupboard', Hilda Leyel lists all those items every cook should have in their store cupboard. And I have to say it contains a lot more essential goodies than M & S currently have on their list, should somebody tell them this isn't a new thing and point them in the direction of The Gentle Art....? <grins>.
If we're lucky they may add tarragon, chilli vinegar, anchovy sauce and mignonette pepper to the range to put them a step nearer Hilda's essential store cupboard! Some of *new* M & S range includes:-
Wet Herbs & Spices: Garlic, Ginger, Diablo Chilli, Shallots, Coriander, Parsley, Basil & Italian Herb Blend.
Dry Herbs & Spices: Bay Leaves, Smoked Paprika, Bouquet Garni, Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves, Nutmeg, Saffron, Vanilla Pods, Sea Salt & Black Pepper.
Liquid Condiments: Organic Sicilian Lemon Juice, Worcester Sauce, Soy Sauce, Ketjap Manis Soy Sauce, Nam Pla Fish Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Hoi Sin, Balsamic Glaze, Organic White Wine Vinegar,Organic Red Wine Vinegar, Sesame Oil, Walnut Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Porcini Oil with Black Truffle and Sunflower Oil.
For a full list of the new M & S range with prices and to read the article that prompted this post, go to http://www.talkingretail.com/industry_announcements/8115/MS-launches-its-first-ever-ing.ehtml.
It made me wonder what 'essentials' forum members have in their store cupboards that they wouldn't be without?