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The Week in Bites<br>16th March 2014

The Week in Bites
16th March 2014

This week we discovered 10 unique Thai ingredients, presented Andoni Luis Aduriz with our Bare Fridge Challenge and learned 26 fun facts about maple syrup.

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Discovering Thai Ingredients

The week kicked off with a bit of spice here at FDL as we brought you a list of 10 Thai Ingredients You've Never Heard Of. Writer Amie Watson gave us the lowdown on exciting 'new' ingredients that should be in your pantry if you love Thai food.

Interesting finds include sabodila - a fruit that tastes like a mix of banana, peach and pear with a touch of burnt toffee - and young tamarind leaves, which add acidity to soups like tom yum.

The FDL Bare Fridge Challenge

From Thailand we switched our attention to Spain where chef Andoni Luis Aduriz was bold enough to take the FDL Bare Fridge Challenge. We asked the Michelin-starred chef what he'd do if he opened the fridge and only had four ingredients to cook with: a cabbage, rice, black pepper and eggs.

Aduriz told us he would take black pepper and magically turning it into a bell pepper, something Heston Blumenthal also did when he took the Bare Fridge Challenge.

Find out what else Aduriz would make with the rest of the ingredients by watching our exclusive video interview.

Maple Syrup From A to Z

The week turn a sweet turn when we published Maple Syrup from A to Z: 26 Things to Know. Our essential guide to everyone's favorite pancake topping is chock-full of interesting facts.

For instance, did you know that the grading and numbering of syrup depends on when it was harvested? Or that in Vermont, the maple syrup capital of America, producers can be fined for up to $1,000 for mislabeling the syrup?

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