Waechtersbach Plum Four-Piece Boxed Place Setting with Soup – Cereal Bowl

waechtersbach-plum-four-piece-boxed-place-settingFor around 170 years Waechtersbach of Germany have manufactured dinnerware in the most brilliant colors.

Their unique, special glazes create a finish that will look attractive in your kitchen.

This functional dinnerware has accessories to compliment each color range.

There are large serving bowls, seasonal mugs, salt and pepper shakers  and butter servers, all of which would make excellent gifts for those special occasions such as a housewarming, engagement present or Xmas present.

I really love the look of the purple set but it is so hard to choose which color to pick.

The set also comes in plain white which is always a favorite as it goes with any decor.

Nigella Lawson – Eton Mess For Family Night Dessert

nigella-lawson-measuring-cupsTonight was family dinner night at my house. We had beef bourginon with rice for the main course. My daughter, Varinia, brought the appetizers, cheese platter, olives, kabana, tapinade and quince jam to serve with crackers and my grandaughter, Ishta, brought the ingredients to make a dessert that was just amazing and everyone went back for seconds.

She got the recipe from Nigella Lawson on You tube and made a small variation to what is essentially a very easy dessert called Eton Mess.

Because there were 8 of us for dinner, Ishta doubled the recipe.

The ingredients that Ishta used are as follows:

  • 2 bottles of cream beaten with 1 tsp of vanilla essence and 1 tsp raw sugar.
  • 1 pavlova base
  • 3 punnets of strawberries soaked with 6 tsp pomegranate juice, 4 tsps of caster sugar and 4 tsps of balsamic vinegar which just cuts the sweetness.
  1. Prepare the strawberries ahead of time, a couple of hours is probably enough.
  2. Slice the strawberries and pour over the pomegranate juice.
  3. Whip the cream with a tsp of vanilla essence and 1tsp of sugar (optional-this is our family’s preference) until it is light and fluffy
  4. Crumble in the pavlova and stir through the beaten cream
  5. Fold the strawberry mix through the cream and meringue mix – add to glasses and serve.

I was talking to friends at work the next day and they have seen the same base recipe using other fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and even nuts.

Over dinner we discussed among other things, Nigella Lawsons recipes and her range of kitchen accessories including the functional and very handy ceramic measuring cups that resemble teacups with their wide mouth, shown at the top of the page.There is a set of four and the measurements ,in both ounce and metric conversions, are written on the inside of the rim.

The set includes the following:

  • 1/4-cup.
  • 1/3-cup.
  • 1/2-cup.
  • 1 cup.

The Nigella Lawson 4-pc. Lavender Measuring Cup Set is a limited edition set created as a special offer to raise money to support young women with breast cancer. The royalties from this set are donated to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care (registered charity no. 1017658) along with an additional royalty from Bliss.

John Boos Pro Prep Butcher Block Table

john-boos-pro-prep-butcher-block-tableJust imagine having extra workspace in your kitchen with pot hanging hangers and a utensil drawer.

John Boos & Co was founded in 1887 and is the oldest industry in Effingham, Illinois.  Their butcher blocks and kitchen furniture  are much sought after by butchers, restaurants and they have even provided a table for the White House kitchen.  You can’t get much more of a recommendation than that.

The work surface of the John Boos Pro Prep Butcher Block Table is made from end grain hard maple. so its is kind on knives and is resistant to nicks and gouges. So you know that you are buying a table that looks good, is totally functional and will last you a long time.

Features of the John Boos Pro Prep Butcher Block Table:

  • Solid Hard Maple
  • Stainless Steel Towel Bar
  • 4″ End Grain Work Surface
  • Stands 36″ High
  • Optional Pot Rack, Utensil Drawer, Casters

John Boos & Co  butcher blocks and cutting boards are used by many celebrity chefs such as Charlie Trotter, Ming Tsai, Paul Kahan, Susan Spicer at Bayona Restaurant in New Orleans, and Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feninger at Border Grill in Santa Monica, California, their products are also used by Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse from”THE FOOD NETWORK” tv show.

Here are some more John Boo’s products that have the same excellent quality and functionality for your home:

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Norpro Tortilla and Pancake Keeper – Keep Your Tortillas Warm

norpro-tortilla-and-pancake-keeper The Norpro warmer is just perfect for keeping your tortillas, pancakes or breads warm.

I find it frustrating when you put your torillas and warm garlic bread on the table only to find that before long it is cold. And repeated heating dries everything so that it becomes unappetising.

Well with the lighweight plastic Norpro 10-in. Tortilla and pancake keeper you will find that your tortillas and pancakes remain warm and moist for extended periods of up to 20 minutes, until you are ready to eat.

The container can be popped in the dishwasher so it is easy to clean.And it can be used in the microwave.

Why not buy a couple of these handy items, one to keep food warm and the other to keep food cold. They are ideal for camping as they are made from plastic so they are less likely to get damaged that some of your other containers.

The Norpro tortilla and pancake keeper can be used to keep other thing warm as well, such as bacon, mashed potato and eggs, or you can use it as a mixing bowl.

This tortilla warmer received a 100% rating as being good value. Read all the reviews at Cooking.com.


Cooking with Garlic – How to Use Garlic to its Best Effect

cooking-with-garlicGarlic, with its strong, spicy flavor, is a critical ingredient to many meals like Mediterranean dishes, pastas, steaks, and burgers. Furthermore, garlic has been revered for thousands of years as an herb with remarkable health properties, from fighting off the common cold to lowering bad cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, many beginner cooks are hesitant to work with this amazing spice. Find out how to use garlic in your cooking to add flavor without overwhelming your other flavors by reading these commonly asked garlic questions.

What are the Health Benefits of Garlic?

Garlic has been prescribed for health problems for as long as people have been prescribing medications. The major health benefits of garlic come from two sources: Allicin and Diallyl Sulphides.

Allicin has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. However, it is only released when garlic is chopped; the more finely chopped, the stronger the health benefits. Furthermore, cooking or storing will cause the allicin to break down, meaning that fresh, raw, finely chopped garlic has the strongest benefits. However, too much raw garlic can also be harmful, and even cooked garlic can still have health benefits.

Diallyl Sulphides are thought to have a positive effect on the circulatory system, lowering levels of bad cholesterol and keeping the heart healthy. Furthermore, they may boost the immune system. Unlike allicin, diallyl sulphides do not break down when cooking garlic.

Will Garlic Overwhelm My Dishes?

As anyone who’s ever sprinkled too much garlic salt on a slice of pizza knows, garlic can add an overwhelming flavor to a dish, making it difficult to make out any other flavors. However, it’s actually quite easy to regulate the strength of the garlic that you use. There are two major factors that regulate the strength of the garlic in your meals: how finely the garlic is chopped, and when in the cooking process you add the garlic to your food.

How Fine Should I Chop Garlic?

Whole cloves of garlic have a quite mild flavor, whereas piercing the cloves will release more flavor. Meanwhile, very finely chopped garlic has the strongest taste of all.

So how finely the garlic should be chopped hangs upon how strong you want the garlic in your meal to be. For a very mild garlic flavor, try caramelizing whole garlic cloves. For a moderate taste, hack or thickly slice your garlic cloves. For an intense garlic taste, such as you’d like to find in garlic bread or lasagna, chop the garlic as finely as you can.

When Should I Add Garlic to the Meal?

Rosle Garlic Press, Stainless SteelTo receive the maximum taste and health benefits of garlic, allow the cloves to stand for at least ten minutes after cutting and before adding them to your meals.

The longer that garlic is cooked, the milder its flavor will become. In order to have a more subtle garlic flavor, add the spice to your meal early in the cooking process. Just be careful not to burn it, or it will get a harsh, bitter flavor. For a stronger, more noticeable garlic flavor, add it to your meal shortly before the cooking is done.

Is There Any Herb that Counteracts a Strong Garlic Flavor?

Whether you have gone a bit overboard with the amount of garlic in your meal or you just want to get rid of garlic breath after overindulging, you’ll be glad to hear that parsley does wonders to counteract strong garlicky flavors or odors. For example, if you make a soup and find that the garlic is overwhelming all of the other flavors, put some parsley leaves in a tea strainer and allow them to soak in the broth. The parsley will absorb some of the garlic flavor. Similarly, chewing on parsley after a garlicky meal will reduce the scent on your breath.

Garlic is a wonderful spice that can improve your health while adding flair to your dishes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with using it in your cooking.