Earl Grey Tea

This is a popular blend of tea that has been flavoured with bergamot oil, which is a type of orange grown in Italy and France. It is easily available in the UK.

Top Tips

Rebrew used Earl Grey teabags and use the weak tea liquid to pour over plants to protect them from fungal infections.

Easy Cook Rice

People often believe that easy cook means that it takes less time to cook when in fact it takes longer than non-easy cook rice.

Parboiled rice (otherwise known as easy cook rice) is as it suggests parboiled at the source with the husk on, resulting in the grain appearing slightly off white in colour that is until it is cooked when it turns white. This process guarantees separate grains of rice that are fluffy and remains so when holding which is ideal for the foodservice industry.

Echalion Shallots

Echalion shallots are known as banana shallots and look like a cross between a shallot and an onion. They have a milder taste than onions, and can be used as a substitute for onions however, they are more expensive.

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Echalion shallots can be used as a substitute for onions however, they are more expensive.

Edamame Beans

Edamame beans are soya beans that have been harvested early while they are still soft. They are green and differ in color from regular soyabeans, which are typically light brown, tan or beige. They are high in protein with 155g (or 1 cup) of edamame beans providing 18.5 grams of protein.

Edamame beans are often sold in their pods, which are not meant to be eaten. You can also buy shelled edamame, without the pods.

They are very versatile and are often used in Asian cooking.

Edible Flowers

Edible flowers can add texture, colour and even flavour to any dishes sweet or savoury! They can be both purchased in supermarkets and grown in the garden from, early spring to late autumn.

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Use edible flowers to make a summer salad or dish stand out.

Edible Glitter

Edible glitter is made with sugar, and is suitable for consumption. Any glitter that is designed to be used on food will be labelled as edible with an ingredients list. Available in baking shops and the baking section of supermarkets.

Top Tips

Sprinkle edible glitter over cupcakes for a kids birthday party or jazz up fruit slices with edible glitter, to encourage kids to eat more fruit.

Edible Gold Leaf

Edible gold leaf is 22-24 karat gold that is a pure type of gold. Gold is biologically inert, which means that it passes through the digestive system without being absorbed. Ensure that the product you purchase states that is is edible.

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Decorate a fancy cake or chocolate tart with edible gold leaf.

Egg and Dairy-Free Yorkshire Puddings

Egg and dairy free Yorkshire puddings are created using Vegan alternatives such as non dairy margarine, plant-based milk, soy and whole egg replacer.

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Use in place of non vegan Yorkshire puddings, traditionally with a roast (nut roast) dinner.

Egg Replacer

Egg replacer products are typically made from potato and tapioca starch. You can purchase some in selected health food stores. However, many people use banana, or flax/chia ‘eggs’ as a substitute. These are made by mixing one part flax/chia seeds to three parts water.

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Ideal for biscuits and cakes, egg free mayonnaise and custard, this versatile egg free powder allows you to create vegan suitable sweet and savoury treats. Pay special attention to packet instructions, as different egg replacers require different preparation methods.

Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial is a non-alcoholic concentrated syrup used in beverage making. It is made from elderberries, water, and sugar or a sugar substitute. It is also referred to as ‘squash’.

Historically the cordial has been popular in North Western Europe where it has a strong Victorian heritage.

Top Tips

Use tonic water in our recipe for Gin and Elderflower Tonic Lollies.


Espresso has a velvety texture and aromatic scent, stronger than a regular filter coffee with a shorter period of water exposure which draws out less acid than other brewing methods keeping 60% to 70% of the caffeine in the finished product. Espresso powder is an very dark and concentrated instant coffee. It is made from coffee crystals that dissolve quickly in liquid.

Top Tips

Use espresso coffee to make a vegan tiramisu with.

Evaporated Cane Sugar

Evaporated cane sugar is a less processed, much more nutritious form of cane sugar than both white sugar and brown sugar. When refining both white and brown sugar the sugar cane or sugar beets is striped down to just the pure sugar, removing all of the minerals that are originally present in the plant. By discarding most of those refining steps, evaporated cane sugar keep some of the nutrients found in sugar cane.

Top Tips

Use cane sugar in place of regular sugar when baking or in other recipes.

Extra Firm Tofu

This type of tofu is best for slicing, cubing and for frying. The more solid the type of tofu, the harder it becomes to infuse with flavour. This type of tofu is commonly used as a substitute for ground meat, or it can be crumbled, baked, or grilled.

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Extra firm tofu is great to use with a marinade. It holds the flavour of the marinade, doesn’t crumble when cooked and provides a more robust texture than other forms of tofu. Tofu can also be used to firm up desserts instead of eggs. Be sure to drain tofu before use.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This type of olive oil is mechanically pressed (cold-pressed), and has to be tested for its flavour before being sold as extra virgin olive oil. It uses riper olives and has an acidity of no more than 0.8%. It is best used for dipping, dressings or for drizzling over food.

Top Tips

Mix with balsamic vinegar to make an easy dip for fresh bread or as a dressing. Extra virgin olive oil is also a great way of naturally moisturising your skin, hair, to soften ear wax or to use before shaving as a lubricant.


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