Tapioca (/ˌtæpɪˈoʊkə/; Portuguese pronunciation: [tapiˈɔkɐ]) is a starch extracted from cassava root (Manihot esculenta). This species is native to the northeast region of Brazil, but its use spread throughout South America. The plant was carried by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to most of the West Indies and Africa and Asia. It is a tropical, perennial shrub that is less commonly cultivated in temperate climate zones. Cassava thrives better in poor soils than many other food plants.
A traditional English dessert recipe found on goodtoknow.co.uk
Eton mess is a simple, delicious dessert, made with broken meringues, strawberries and cream. It gets it’s name as it is the dessert traditionally served at Eton College’s prize-giving picnic on June 4th. Ready in just 10 mins, this Eton mess recipe uses ready made meringues for speed but if you fancy a challenge you can make your own!
One of the most decorative ice cream desserts is the parfait. Borrowed from the French, it truly lives up to its meaning, which is “perfection.” The recipes in this section consist of alternate layers of ice cream, crushed fruits, whipped cream, and rich, colorful syrups.
A preserve recipe found on what was then called about.com
This quick and easy recipe for strawberry preserves is made without added pectin. It’s a vintage recipe and it makes about four half-pint jars.
A candy thermometer is recommended for the best results. There are other methods for testing the preserves. See the jelling tests below the recipe.
A great recipe for berry cordial found on The English Kitchen
Marie who runs The English Kitchen writes: Our soft fruit is going great guns in the garden at the moment. It all seems to be ripening at once. We have never gotten so many strawberries as the bumper crop we are enjoying this year! We moved them into large pots on the patio, which seems to have agreed with them. Trust me when I say that I am not complaining!
With so much coming at once however, it can be somewhat of a challenge to use it. At present I am drying strawberries, raspberries and black currants in our food dehydrator, and I have frozen bags of them as well. This weekend I decided to make a summer fruit cordial with some of them . . . something delicious for us to remember summer with in the colder months ahead. The nice ones that you can buy in the shops are so very expensive . . . I thought it would be nice to make some of our very own.
A Cordial is a thick syrupy fruit drink, very concentrated. It can be drunk on it’s own in small quantities, or mixed with sparkling water and poured over ice for a refreshing drink. You can also make an alcoholic cordial:
If you are familiar with the Anne of Green Gables story, you will remember that on a lovely October day Anne invited her friend Diana over for tea in the afternoon. Marilla had told her they could have the raspberry cordial that was leftover from the church social. Anne took the wrong bottle and the pair proceeded to get very drunk!
A 18th century dessert recipe found on revolutionarypie.com
Karen Hammonds who runs revolutionarypie.com writes: “Pudding” was once a general term for dessert (and still is in Great Britain), but there were plenty of recipes in old cookbooks for “cake,” so why wasn’t this one of them? The answer seems to be that although it was a cake, this dish was served with a sauce that was poured over the top, resulting in a slightly mushy, pudding-like dessert. The cake itself was also very moist.
As for the term “cottage,” it probably identified this dish as simple and affordable — suitable for farmers or laborers who lived in modest cottages. (It is similar in that sense to cottage pie, an early name for shepherd’s pie.)
A great picnic idea found on lylesgoldensyrup.com
Simple to make – and even easier to eat! These gorgeous picnic desserts are fresh, fruity and delicious.
A nice jam recipe found on bbc.co.uk/food/
This sweet strawberry jam is soft set and incredibly easy to make.
A simple straightforward Norwegian recipe for
strawberry jam found on frukt.no
Homemade is usually the best, and so it is with strawberry jam too. What’s better than waffles, French toast or fresh bread with homemade strawberry jam?
A German dessert speciality found on expatica.com
This red fruit pudding is a popular dessert in the North. It’s made from black and red currants, raspberries and sometimes strawberries or cherries, which are cooked in their juice and thickened with a little potato starch or cornflour. It’s served with cream, vanilla sauce or milk.