Rosle Garlic Press Review

rosle-garlic-pressI like anything that will save me time in the kitchen and this is one accessory that will do just that. Not having to peel the garlic before pressing is one big positive in my book.

The Rosle Garlic Press is made from quality 18/10 stainless steel which is in contrast to most other garlic presses on the market which are made from cast metal or aluminum alloy.

This is a solid piece of equipment.

What We Like

  • You don’t have to peel the garlic to use this garlic press.
  • It’s made from 18/10 stainless steel.
  • It is dishwasher safe.
  • It comes with a ring so you can easily hang on a utensil rack.
  • For a garlic press this is relatively easy to clean.

What We Don’t Like

  • The price may be an issue for some.

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Back to Basics – How to Boil an Egg – Step by Step

eggs.JPGBoiling an egg may seem like an easy task to some but there are people around that don’t even know how to boil water. It might give you heart palpitations on hearing this but if you have never learnt how to boil water then you won’t know how to boil water. It’s as simple as that.

I remember when one of Wanda’s grandaughters decided she would cook the evening meal, which was going to be pasta. She read the instructions and then phoned her mother at work to ask where the boiling water was kept as she couldn’t find it in the cupboard. Consequently, she is continually teased about the incident, but at the time she had no idea as she had never had to cook before.

Cooking is something that you need to learn like everything else so don’t feel ashamed if you have no idea what to do. Simply take one step at a time and learning how to boil an egg is a great place to start.

There are a lot of different ways to boil an egg and some prefer their hard boiled eggs quite soft in the middle – others prefer them well cooked. It all comes down to preference. This is how I cook my eggs.

  1. Turn on a hot plate on your stove to its maximum.
  2. Get a saucepan. Make sure it is big enough to hold a couple of eggs.
  3. Put two eggs in the saucepan.
  4. Pour enough water over the eggs to cover them completely. Ensure that the water doesn’t come too close to the top of the saucepan otherwise once the water starts to boil it will boil out of the saucepan onto your stovetop, making a mess.
  5. Place the saucepan onto the hotplate.
  6. When you start to see the water bubbling quite rapidly, turn down the hotplate to as low as you can without actually turning it off.
  7. Set the timer for 10 minutes. If you don’t have a timer just keep your eyes on a clock.
  8. As soon as the timer goes off remove the saucepan from the stove and place in your sink. Turn on the cold water tap and run it through the saucepan until the water in the pan is cold and the eggs are cool enough for you to pick up.

You will need to experiment with the time you cook the eggs until you find the consistency that you like your eggs to be.

So there you go, a nice easy meal – boiled eggs which you can served with hot buttered toast, or simply peel and eat either hot or cold.

Cuisinart Griddler Review

cuisinart-griddleThis very versatile griddle will have you making delicious steaks, grilled cheese sandwiches and yummy bacon and eggs quickly and easily. Just plug it in and away you go.

The best feature of the Cuisinart griddle is the reversible plates. On one side is a flat plate and on the other the grill. So you can have a full grill if you like or full griddle or half and half. It also has separate temperature controls so you can keep the two plates at different temperatures or keep one completely off if you don’t need to use both plates.

I noticed that most review sites on the net indicate that the griddle parts should be hand washed. However, when reading the instruction booklet that comes with this griddler, it indicates that the plates, drip tray and scraping tool are dishwasher safe. If purchasing you might want to take this into consideration and read the instruction book to ensure that it is in fact dishwasher safe before you pop it in to wash. My preference for anything non-stick is to hand wash as it definitely prolongs the life of the product.

What We Like

  • The plates are reversible so you can grill on one side and griddle on the other
  • The plates are removable and dishwasher safe so clean up is a breeze.
  • The drip tray collects grease and can also be removed. It is dishwasher safe.
  • It comes with a scraping tool which is also dishwasher safe.
  • The griddler won’t work unless everything is locked properly into place – this is a nice safety feature.
  • You can really cook anything on this – at least anything that you would use on a regular stove top.

What We Don’t Like

  • This can take up a bit of room so you will need a bit of counter space.

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Chantel Tea Kettle – Liverstrong

Loop KettleWell here is another great looking stylish tea kettle. I love the look of the Chantal Loop Teakettle which has a stylish, modern design with a handle that sweeps up and over the body. It has a nice rounded shape that is designed to heat quickly.

This teapot is ideal for anyone who needs a whistling kettle as it has a pleasant sounding whistle that will let you know that it is time to turn off the burner.

The body is made from durable heavy-gauge 18/10 stainless steel and the kettle is light enough for single handed filling and pouring.

A few people have had problems with the spout melting and another felt the handle gets to a little too warm. And although some people found the lid took some time to master, most people seemed happy with their purchase. donate a percentage of the sale of this kettle to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help fund the fight against cancer.

Chestnut Pan, Chestnut Cookbook and Chestnut Knife -All You Need for the Chestnut Season

The Superstone Chestnut Roaster set by Sassafras is no longer available. But we still need a way to roast chestnuts don’t we. So I checked out what else was available and found the Paderno Black Carbon Steel Chestnut Pan.

Carbon Steel is an excellent conductor of heat so it is safe to use at high temperatures.  So now you can safely roast chestnuts inside on the stove top but there is nothing to stop you heading outdoors and using your chestnut pan on the firepit or chiminea, in fact there is a long handled version of the Paderno Black Carbon Steel Chestnut Pan with Oversized Handle available which would be well suited to outdoor cooking.

Now we all know that opening Chestnuts is not easy so here is a hand knife to help with the task.  The LamsonSharp Pro Chestnut Knife is ideally suited for this task. This knife is made from stamped, hardened and tempered high-carbon stainless steel. It has a one piece, half tang construction and Walnut handles. The Chestnut CookbookThe Lamson Sharp Pro Chestnut knife has a lifetime warranty  – plus – Sharp for Life, and it is made right here in the USA.

And last but not least, how about a copy of  The Chestnut Cook Book: Recipes, Folklore and Practical Information which is full of interesting information including basic storage, processing and nutritional information and ideal for those who are interested in preparing chestnuts. This cookbook includes meals from many cultures including China and North America.

So with these three items you are well and truly set for the Chestnut season.

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I love the look and feel of natural stoneware so I really like this Superstone Chestnut Roaster Set by Sassafras which is made of natural stoneware fired at temperatures of over 2000 degrees.

superstone-chestnut-roaster-setBecause Superstone baking pieces produce an even distribution of heat you will find that you will have perfectly roasted chestnuts in no time.

Then you can set about eating these tasty treats or why not add them to the stuffing for your turkey to impart a delicious flavor.

You will also be treated to the delicious aroma of roasting chestnuts wafting through your home.

The chestnut roaster can be safely used in the oven, the microwave and even in convection ovens.

There is a recipe for chestnut soup on the outside of the box that the roaster comes in, as well as a recipes booklet for using chestnuts, which is included in the box.