Author: Ren Behan

Asparagus with parmesan grated on top

By Ren Behan St George’s Day officially marks the start of the British asparagus season. The season is short, usually just eight weeks long, during which British growers guarantee some of the freshest asparagus around. In some cases, particularly in East Anglia, the asparagus on the shelf might even have been picked just a few Read the full article…

wild garlic growing with flowers

By Ren Behan Wild garlic might sound like a rare ingredient only used in posh restaurants, but it’s actually one of the most commonly foraged edible leaves and it can be found growing in abundance, in the woodlands, at this time of year. Wild garlic can also be known as ramsons, bear’s garlic or wood Read the full article…

lasagne cooked in a dish with a cut piece

By Ren Behan The best lasagne I ever ate was in the foothills of the northern Italian mountains of Emilia-Romagna in Italy. My sister’s mother-in-law, Carmela, had made it. I remember the paper-thin handmade pasta, layered up with a flavourful slow-cooked ragù of pork and beef, a light, white sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese grated over Read the full article…