Despite the wide array of dishes they’re good for, new potatoes have become irretrievably synonymous with potato salad. Frugalfeeding has played its sordid part in this affair, offering only a few new potato recipes, most of which are potato salads (see my Samphire and New Potato Salad and New Potato, Spring Onion and Wild Garlic Salad). However, this is a little unrepresentative – new potatoes are magical and should be experienced in as many different forms as possible. This egg hash, for instance, takes left over roasted new potatoes – wonderful things in themselves – and turns them into a breakfast/lunch to be marvelled at!
Risotto is a dish unbound by season. As with minestrone (see me recipes for autumn and spring), the best seasonal produce can be used to great effect in this famous Italian rice dish. There is no ingredient on earth that can’t be put to bewilderingly good use in risotto, a fact that makes it very special and probably unique. Indeed, to celebrate the beginning of the British tomato season, this recipe for Tomato and Basil Risotto makes full use of the fruit’s flavour, texture and colour. Delicious is an understatement.
Mystery surrounds the existence of Aussie Crunch; my meagre research suggests that it may be of British origin – it can be found with alternating success is some bakeries – but as far as I can tell, it’s not particularly well known in Australia. Perhaps no one has thought to inform the Aussies of their namesake, so I shall take up that baton (some of you lot must be from Down Under!). Still, they ought to be proud to have such a devilish and delicious snack named after them.