Shop cucumbers

Choose firm, heavy-for-their-size cukes, with a uniform, dark green skin. No cooking process is the cucumber’s friend; instead, make the most of its crisp crunch, refreshing flavour and natural affinity to pickling. The question of whether to peel is down to personal choice, but paring
the skin away will add a level
of refinement.

Lime leaves

Rinse before adding lime leaves fresh to dishes, or bag up and freeze the whole leaves to use in the same way. Like the familiar bay leaf, the leaves respond well to bruising, tearing or crushing to release the fragrant oils into simmering broths or sauces. Roll them into tight cigars to shred lengthways into thin slices, avoiding the central stem.