Posts Written On May 14, 2019

Wilt Guilt No More with Gourmet Garden

Wilt-guilt season is upon us – that time of the year when you have the best cooking intentions, but inevitably the bundle of fresh herbs you bought wilts away in the fridge.   

Gourmet Garden is the true food hack for staving off wilt-guilt. Offering a range of flavorful stir-in pastes and lightly dried herbs that last for up to four weeks in the fridge, Gourmet Garden will stay fresh. It’s the ideal ingredient for sprucing up classic dishes like quiche and pastas and keep you from grappling with heads of garlic or ginger root.  

A few fresh recipes your friends and family will love below:   

 Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls   

Ingredients
20 sheets rice paper rolls
1 roast chicken, Meat removed and shredded
300 grams wombok
100 grams carrot, julienned
100g snow peas, julienned
100 grams red capscium, finely sliced
1 1/2 Avocados, sliced
125 grams bean sprouts
50 grams fried shallots
50 grams Crispy noodles
2 tablespoons
Method
1. Combine the wombok, carrot, snow peas, South East Asian Seasoning and capsicum, and toss together to make slaw.
2. Soak rice paper rolls individually, in tepid water. Place on bench or board to fill.
3. Place slaw, chicken, avocado, sprouts, fried shallots & crispy noodles, on rice paper and roll up.
4. Dip in sweet chilli sauce to serve.

Grilled Vegetable Sliders with Chilli Tomato Relish  

Ingredients
1 Sabrosa tomatoes, sliced
3 teaspoons Chilli, mild Cold Blended Paste
1/3 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon Garlic Cold Blended Paste
2 teaspoons Basil Cold Blended Paste
2-3 tablespoons Woolworths Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 yellow capsicum
1 red capsicum
4-8 large Portobello mushrooms
2 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthways
8 small round bread rolls
2-3 tablespoons labna or other soft cheese
Baby rocket or small salad leaves
1 small red onion, thinly sliced into rings
Method
1. In a small saucepan simmer the tomatoes, chilli, fennel, vinegar and sugar for 12-15 minutes, stirring often. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.
2. Heat a heavy non-stick pan or hotplate to medium-hot.
3. In a small bowl combine garlic, basil and oil. Cut capsicums in half, trim away seeds and inner ribs then cut each half into strips. Trim mushroom stems flat.
4. Brush the garlic and basil oil over the capsicum, mushrooms, zucchini and place in the pan or on the hotplate. Grill, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and the skin of the capsicum blistered and dark. Brush occasionally with the remaining herb and garlic oil. Carefully remove skin from the capsicum strips.
5. Split the rolls and toast the cut side. To assemble, spread both cut sides of buns with labna or soft cheese. Onto the bottom buns place a few pieces of rocket or salad leaves then a grilled mushroom, a few pieces of zucchini and capsicum, and a few onion rings. Finish with a dollop of the tomato chilli relish and a few more leaves.
6Serve with any remaining tomato chilli relish.
Chorizo, Vegetable and Mixed Herb Pizza
Ingredients
1 or 2 pizza bases
tbsp tomato paste
3 tbsp Lightly Dried Mixed Herbs
1 spanish onion, sliced
1 red capsicum, sliced
2 chorizo sausages, thinly sliced
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
Aioli and rocket, to serve
Method
1. Pre-heat oven to 170*C
2. Combine 2 tbsp Mixed Herbs with tomato paste and spread onto pizza bases.
3. Top with cheese, onion, capsicum and chorizo.
4. Bake for 15 minutes.
5. Serve topped with aioli, rocket and 1 tbsp sprinkle of mixed herbs

About Gourmet Garden:

Gourmet Garden is passionate about making fresh herbs and spices easy for everyday cooking.Fresh herbs and spices make an amazing difference to any meal: their flavor, color, aroma. But let’s be honest, when you are busy, particularly during the week, fresh herbs just aren’t practical. Count the bunches of wilted herbs that you’ve thrown out after only a few days….and Gourmet Garden all knows the hassle of garlic and chilli fingers!Gourmet Garden’s herbs keep fresh for weeks so you can have a herb garden ready when you are any day.

Put simply, your Gourmet Garden herbs are:

  • Australian, organically grown herbs
  • Washed, chopped & prepped within 18hrs of harvesting
  • Made with no preservatives, pesticides or nasty stuff
  • Pre-prepared…washed, chopped & ready to use
  • With the same look, taste & aroma of fresh herbs
  • Cared for (with tender, loving, care) from farm to plate

It’s as easy and fresh as that!

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11 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier

Moving into a new place is indeed an exciting experience. But this feeling can be short-lived as it is also challenging and stressful. Whether you manage all the moving or hire Kansas city movers, you’ll get pretty good tips here. Read these practical and useful tips on how to make the jobs easier when moving.

Make a master to-do list

First and foremost, you need to make a master list of what you need to do, what you need to pack, and when. The process of moving has a lot of parts whether you’re in a studio apartment or a five bedroom house. So make a to-do list and add things as they come into your head.

Toss useless crap

Moving is a great opportunity to get rid of your old stuff. It may be tough for some people, but it’s an absolute necessity during the moving process. You can carry out a garage sale or simply donate unnecessary things to those who need them. Eliminating unused and unnecessary items from your home means less stuff that you need to pack up, haul across town, unload, and organize.

Use the six-month rule to donate

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Try to use the six-month rule when you’re going through usable items like clothing and shoes. Don’t become a victim to your own wardrobe; if you haven’t used or worn it in the past six months, you’re not going in the next six, either. Your clothes would instead go to someone who will actually use them. Schedule a donation date, so you’re forced to have everything ready to go before your moving date rather than stuffing those useless things again at the back of your closet until the end of time.

Sell furniture you won’t use in the new house

Don’t be afraid to upgrade when and where you need to, especially with your furniture. Don’t become too attached to your old furniture if it has no place in your new home, instead sell it if it’s still in good shape. Then use the money on getting a new piece of furniture.

Change your address ahead of time and schedule disconnect times

Another crucial thing to do when moving is changing your address for bills and services. Make sure you do it before the day you actually move so your bills, credit card statements, and packages can arrive on time and without hassle. Make sure you’ve scheduled specific end dates for these services – electricity, cable, water, trash. Failing to do so, may result in paying for the next renter or homeowner’s water bill. Also make sure you leave enough time to gather necessary items like cords, remotes, or cable boxes you may need to return.

Read this: 10 Rituals For Moving to a New House From Around the World

Triage items in your home

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Having an organized list or plan of how you’re going to pack everything up is vital, even though you know everything that has to go. Decide what’s most and least important to stay unpacked until the last minute. Be intentional about items you’ll need to pack early and the ones you leave until the last minute.

Make use of laundry baskets, bins, and luggage to move

Make use of what you have on hand or in your house before going to out to buy ones. Fill up laundry baskets, a couple of pieces of luggage, and a few bins lying around with things you need to pack and label them, of course. But if necessary, don’t waste money on boxes, instead hit up the liquor store for free boxes. Make sure you do everything for your things to take as little space as possible.

Pack by room

Organized and make your moving process easy by packing items by room; this will save you a lot of trouble during the unpacking process. Have clear, easy-to-read labels in your boxes that denote which part of the house they need to go during the unpacking at your new home. You can also try color-coding them – for example, everything belonging to the kitchen has blue labels on it. Avoid adding additional items from another part of the house even if a box has extra space.

Protect fragile items with packing paper, bubble wrap, blankets, and even garbage bag

Pack your things wisely and with care, especially if they’re fragile. Use bubble wrap for glassware to prevent them from breaking, don’t waste bubble wraps on plastic plates. Pack plates vertically to reduce the chances of breaking. To ensure your clothes are protected and properly hung during the move, simply toss a garbage bag with a hole at the bottom of it over a handful of hangers. As long as you put thought into the process, you’ll be set, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time.

Pack fridge and freezer items in coolers

Don’t waste food that’s still sitting in your refrigerator, and you may as well take it all with you. As long as you’re not traveling across the country on a multi-day road trip, packing everything in a cooler is a great way to prevent foods from spoiling. Consider also packing some dry ice if you’ll travel for an extended amount of time.

Prepare the new flat

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It is a good thing to visit or check your new home a couple of days before you move in. This will give you some time to pre-clean the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, or the house as a whole. Tidy up the bedrooms since this is one of the areas of the residence you will use first. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some fresh bath towels and toilet paper, cause after the long and tiring day of moving you’ll want to take a long shower.

Hire a professional moving company

Moving companies are of great help especially in a state to state moving. Hourly movers Kansas city save you a lot of trouble because the company provides a professional mover and does the organizing of everything for you that may be very difficult to do on your own. Apartment movers Kansas City have the expertise when it comes to moving your things. Movers Kansas City offers excellent customer service; they are efficient, adequately equipped, they will pack everything properly, load all the boxes, ensure all your items during transit, unload and unpack everything. Hiring professional movers will take away your stress when it comes to moving.

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