RECIPE: And you thought turmeric wasÂ just for curries
One of the ingredients I'm pleased to see has become more widely available is fresh turmeric which gives curry its orange/yellow colouring and distinct taste.
Buying it used to involve a trip to a specialist shop but it is now in most supermarkets and available organically from Tuppenny Barn at Southbourne.
The flavour is so much better than dried powdered turmeric which is boiled first before drying. ThisÂ takesÂ out some of the root's wonderful healing properties. The Indian nation has long known about the benefits of eating turmeric which has anti-inflammatory qualities and is beneficial for the digestive system.
I've experimented with fresh turmeric in curries, stews, octopus and salads with great success and now always keepÂ a few tubers in the fridge.
This recipe is really simple so you can get an idea of the root's lovely flavour. The fennel pickle will keep up to 10 days in the fridge and is good served with cheese, salami or fish such as mackerel.
2 bulbs fennel thinly sliced
250ml white wine vinegar
Teaspoon sea salt
25g fresh turmeric finely chopped
1. Put all the ingredients except the fennel inÂ a saucepan and bring to the boil.
2. Simmer for twoÂ minutes.
3. Put the fennel into a sterilised Kilner jar and pour the pickle over the fennel.
4. Seal and store for at least 24 hours before use.
'¢ Lawrence's restaurant is Fat Olives, Emsworth. Visit fatolives.co.uk or call 01243 377914.