I find crisp, baby like, new potatoes with thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture hard to resist.
Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct flavour.
Nothing beats the taste and smell of home-baked bread and it’s so satisfying to make your own.
My bean of choice right now is the humble chickpea; known here in Spain as garbanzos, they are one of the oldest consumed crops in the world.
Chorizo, the quintessential Spanish sausage, is thought to have originated in Extremadura.
Pancakes have a very long history and feature in cookery books dating as far back as 1439.
I still love them today and it is a great vehicle for chefs to showcase some basic skills.
Much of the exotic fruit in my house ends up in a glass.
Good quality chorizo and morcilla (black pudding) is the key to a great fabada.
So which foodstuffs constitute essential ingredients for your kitchen store cupboard and where do you begin?