Garject Garlic Press – Review

Garject Garlic Press – Review

I do like a kitchen gadget but only if they work as well as the traditional implement they are designed to replace and offer something a little more. The other day a parcel arrived (it was close to my birthday so I was expecting lots presents!), I eagerly opened it and found a new kind of garlic press named Garject by Dreamfarm. Out of the box it has a nice feel to it, with a good quality weight even thought it’s made of plastic. My trusty cast metal garlic press has been with me for years. It’s a traditional design and has never let me down, so this was the perfect foil to this new kid on the scene. So which has the upper hand? Only one way to find out! I’m looking for a good crush, something I know my old press does and this new one should do, but the new one has a trick up its sleeve. It has an eject button (very James Bond!) which when pressed is said to clean out those pesky bits of garlic which get trapped. My old press falls down here and I have spent so much time over the years scrapping out all of that stuck garlicky goodness. As you can see the Garject is a bit bigger than my current crusher but it’s just easy to handle. I set them up with similar sized cloves of garlic for precision testing 😉 My old press gave it’s usual effort and a pretty good crush. The Garject however pressed out more and, to my surprise, needed less effort. If you...
Get ready for Christmas: part 1

Get ready for Christmas: part 1

Simple Good Food recipe and some pre-Christmas recipes for the freezer These basics for Christmas – brandy, butter, bread sauce, bacon-wrapped sausages, cranberry sauce and homemade stuffing – can all be made in advance and frozen. Here are some other ideas using Christmas ingredients and to help you get ahead of yourself. Christmas Lemon & Bacon Stuffing Balls Serves 6-8 Ingredients Streaky Bacon 100g Onion 3 x celery sticks Lemon – zest and juice Finely chopped parsley 2tbs Fresh breadcrumbs – 100g Chicken stock – 150ml Method Gently fry streaky bacon until it is golden then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon Finely chop onion and celery and add to the bacon fat Cook, stirring until soft Stir in the bacon Finely grate lemon rind and add juice Add parsley and breadcrumbs Heat chicken stock and add to mixture Allow to cool, shape into balls and freeze on a baking sheet until firm Tip into freezer bay and return to freezer. Thaw before baking Christmas Cranberry and Raspberry Relish Ingredients Chopped onion 2tbs red wine vinegar 4tbs orange marmalade 1tbs grated fresh ginger 250g each fresh/frozen cranberries and raspberries [do not thaw frozen fruit if using] Method Using a microwave and a large casserole, cover and cook all ingredients on med-high for about 6 minutes Stir once until fruit softened and relish thickens Cool and pot Refrigerate for up to 7 days or freeze for later use photo credit: smohundro via photopin cc photo credit: jkblacker via photopin...
Chewy walnut fingers

Chewy walnut fingers

preheat oven 180C Ingredients 75g plain flour 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda 140g soft brown sugar1tsp vanilla extract 2 large egg whites 75g broken walnuts 50g chocolate chips Method Sieve flour and bicarbonate of soda together Put sugar, vanilla extract and egg whites into large bowl Beat for 2 minutes until pale coffee colour Add the flour mixture Beat until all combined Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips spread evenly on 2cm baking tin Bake for 15-20 min or until golden brown and crusty Cool for 10 min before cutting into bars, leave a little longer before removing from pan     photo credit: Shira Golding via photo pin...

Why Gift Hampers Are a Great Gifting Idea?

What’s great about gift hampers? Well for a start they contain themed combinations of goodies, so when you send them off to your recipient they’ll bear all the hallmarks of a gift you have really thought about. Sending wine selected to go with a collection of good cheeses, for example, makes the wine loving recipient of wine and cheese hampers feel that you have really thought about them. Also you often find that gift hampers have been put together by hand – that is, that the things in them have been hand selected by people who care about what goes into the products you sell. So you not only get lots of complementary goodies, you also get loads of interesting combinations designed by people who care what their customers experience. The ultimate reason to buy gift hampers is the luxury factor. A gift hamper can contain a whole festive or celebratory meal in one present. So you’re giving more than just the gift of food, or wine, or preserves – you are giving a gift that is, in itself, an occasion. Pre-packed and ready to go, gift hampers can be slung in the back of the car and taken off to the recipient’s favourite romantic spot to be enjoyed at leisure. Or they can be unpacked at home for a right royal feast with no preparation required at all! At festive times and on special occasions, gift hampers also make a nice centrepiece to the festive board. Your gift becomes part of the festivities, as much a piece of the birthday or the festive few days as the trimmings,...