Chinese water chestnuts are a vegetable (not a nut), grown in marshlands. They are unusual among vegetables because they remain crisp after being cooked or canned. This gives a great contrast when mixed with other cooked vegetables. They are a good source of dietary fibre, riboflavin, vitamin B6, potassium, copper and manganese.
White pepper is cultivated from the ripe fruit seeds of a tropical vine. Black pepper is the cooked and dried unripe fruit of the vine. White pepper is a little milder in flavour and I use it when I prefer not to have black speckles in my dish, like a white sauce.
Use organic white wine vinegar if possible produced by slow fermentation.
Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of the mustard plant. The whole mustard seeds are mixed with water, vinegar or lemon juice, salt and flavoured with spices. Perfect to add flavour to dressings, sauces, soups, marinades and meat dishes.
Doterra wild orange essential oil is cold pressed oil from the peel. You also get health benefits when using pure essential oils. You can use organic orange extract in it's place but you will need to add a lot extra (approx. 4 drops of oil = 1 1/4 teaspoon of extract).
My choice in Worcestershire sauce is an organic brand ‘Melrose’. This sauce adds a delicious savoury flavour to meat dishes. Regular brands contain gluten and most have MSG, colours and flavours.
A zucchini is also called a courgette or summer squash depending on which country you live in. Zucchini looks similar to a cucumber and is usually served cooked with it's skin left on. Zucchini contains a good amount of folate, potassium, vitamin A,C and fibre.