Ask a Cajun who makes the best gumbo and the answer is usually 'mamma'. But should it contain okra or filé powder? Now you're asking.The spectre of gumbo has loomed large over this column for some months: unable to find a source of filé powder ...
With or without cherries and novelty cocktail sticks, this tropical drink's a winner. But should you go for dark or light rum? Coconut water, coconut milk or something else? And how many paper parasols can you get away with?
Addictively hot and refreshingly crunchy, this Thai staple has been called the worlds best salad. But how long should you pound those chillies and how do you master that all-important texture for the shredded ingredients?
This American Super Bowl classic has made its way across the Atlantic but will using anything but the popular Frank's brand of hot sauce make them any less authentic? And should you bake or fry them for deliciously crispy skin?
The sun's out, which must mean it's Pimm's o'clock or time for a DIY version of the bittersweet digestif. But, should you pair your gin with vermouth or with sherry? And should you pare back your garnish or go for a full-on fruit salad?
It may not enjoy the fame of its younger cousin, the brownie, but this dense, fudgy, butterscotch treat is every bit as rich and delicious.
From the Fairtrade Natalie Bennett cocktail to the Tory just desserts, there's something for everyone determined to stay up as the 2015 results come in.
Now the hot stuff is bound to be even more ubiquitous popcorn, ketchup, crisps and I cant wait to get my hands on the powder.