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Spikey not Spicy Mexican food

What do you know about Mexican food? You probably know about tacos, quesadillas, salsa, etc. How about cactus steak… any takers? It’s a very common veg in Mexico grills, they knock off the spikey bits first and grill the cactus paddle; tastes a little like green beans. Serve with meat or salsa in a pancake, slap some guacamole in for good measure.

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Autumn Spice

Looking forward to creating some spicy dishes with the children over the next couple of weeks. As well as mixing up some yummy dishes we’ll be finding out a bit more about some familiar and exotic spices. For instance did you know:

  • Chinese Fice Spice is not named not after the number of ingredients but after the five flavors (sour, bitter, salty, sweet and pungent).
  • The name clove comes from the Latin word clavus, meaning nail., and once dried it does look like one. It’s actually the dried flower bud and it’s a rather lovely looking flower…


  • Although it’s one of the most common flavourings we know Vanilla is actually the second most expensive spice after saffron.