Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon Powder
This is without doubt an ingredient that has revolutionised modern cooking.
Before Marigold you had to either make your own stock or resort to the dreaded chemically flavoured cube. Fresh stock can now be bought in supermarkets, but it's expensive. Marigold is made with vegetables and has only pure vegetable flavour, meaning you can have instant stock any time. If there were good ingredient awards, this would win first prize.
Celery has such a lot going for it as a raw ingredient in salads, and because of that we rather forget how good it is cooked and served as a vegetable. This method is delightfully quick and easy, and tastes just wonderful.
Make the peppers ahead for an easy dish when entertaining. Stuffing vegetables with a mixture of rice, nuts and dried fruit adds plenty of flavour and a very Mediterranean element.
Watercress is a star performer in so many ways. I love the fat green luxurious leaves in salads, sprinkled with rock salt in sandwiches, in sauce and perhaps most of all in soup.
Here you make a spicy apricot puree then marinate the pork for several hours before barbecuing - an unusual way to jazz up some pork kebabs. Serve with spiced basmati rice.
Creamy and full of spring goodness, this easy, fresh-tasting soup is destined to feature in your regular repertoire after just one tasting.