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Deliciously small and sweet, the blueberry is a lot more powerful than its modest size would lead you to believe. Nowadays hailed as a superfood, the blueberry has been enjoyed for many centuries by the Native Americans, who have long realised its potency in terms of high levels of antioxidants, as well as being hugely beneficial for the nervous system.
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One of my very favourite ingredients has to be the prawn. And that's not just any old frozen, imported prawn I'm talking about; rather, the king of prawns that we have right here all around the Irish coast - the Dublin Bay prawn. Also known as langoustine or the Norway lobster, the prawn is right at home here in the fresh, cold waters of the Atlantic and the Irish Sea. And it's the biting-cold sea that we have to thank for the sweet, delicious flavour that is like no other in the world.
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If I was stranded on a desert island and allowed just one ingredient, apart from chilled white wine that gushed out of a tap, I would definitely opt for an endless supply of lemons. Yes, lemons.
 
Along with the salt I would make by evaporating sea water in the sun, I'd have the magical seasoning duo that would instantly enhance the flavour of any fish, meat or vegetable that I managed to catch or find.
 
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Called 'the queen of fruits' in Asia because of its many health-boosting qualities, the strawberry is, without doubt, the quintessential flavour of summer for me. It's the nostalgic flavour that seems to remind me most of summer days when I was little. I can still see, in my mind's eye, my favourite yellow dress, with strawberry stains all down the front!
 
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