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The Heritage Ingredient Mustard

In a new series, British food guru Debbie Major uncovers the history of ingredients that are integral to the nation’s larder. She looks at how to use them and what they go with, recreates a classic recipe, and conjures up dishes that show off their charms in a majorly good way
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“ Some food demands a good dollop of mustard. A rare rib-eye steak, roast beef and Yorkshire pud, thick slices of baked ham, pork pies… This very British condiment adds a pungent kick to dishes and is an essential ingredient in many chutneys and pickles. But what are its origins? The mustard plant was brought to northern Europe by the Romans, who ground the seeds and mixed it into a paste with grape must (hence the name). By the 17th century England and France were centres of mustard production. The French mixed it with the juice of unripe grapes or vinegar to keep it pungent, while in England, fiery Tewkesbury mustard – with horseradish – was the norm. In 18th-century England, it was discovered you could dry mustard seeds, then grind them to a powder to be sold in tins. It soon became the iconic British condiment, with East Anglia the main mustard-growing region – as it remains today. Mustard became a storecupboard staple and producers such as Colman’s became household names, evocatively linked to our heritage.„

Cauliflower cheese soup with mustard seed and cheddar scones

A CLASSIC UPDATED

SERVES 4-6. HANDS-ON TIME 1 HOUR, SIMMERING TIME 30-40 MIN, OVEN TIME 10-12 MIN

''This rich, comforting soup makes an ideal lunch or light supper.''

Cauliflower cheese soup with mustard seed and cheddar scones
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Tuck into the January issue of Delicious – it’s packed with comforting recipes including Nigel Slater’s warming wonders, three-ways with meatballs, main-meal soups, Alpine recipes for mountainous appetites and a heartwarming mac ‘n’ cheese. Plus, there are great no-faff midweek meals, lighter recipes for the new year and foolproof guides to perfect Yorkshire puds, sourdough bread and pork wontons – satisfaction guaranteed.
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