Sunday, 28 September 2014

Chutney and Jam collection for Autumn

Not a lot of invention has gone on in our kitchen this week- we have been busy training for a half marathon next month, and as the runs have got longer and longer our kitchen time has got shorter and shorter! So to celebrate the beginning of Autumn, and the harvest of Summer's bounty, we've put together this collection of jams and chutneys so you can enjoy the Summer all through the darker months to come... just click on the captions and you'll get to the recipes:

Plum Chutney with Tamarind

Tomato Ketchup

No-sugar Cranberry Gionger Chutney and Cranberry Sauce

Fiery Green Tomato Lemon Chilli Chutney

Green Tomato Chilli Jam

Green Tomato Chutney

Hot 'n' Sour Rhubarb Orange Chutney

Rhubarb and Ginger Jam
Rhubarb Chilli Chutney

No- sugar Damson Jelly
Plum and Damson Jams
What's your favourite home made preserve?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Omniblend V

Fresh out of the box!
I realised that I'd never really had a smoothie until we got our new Omniblend last week! For years we had got away without having a high speed blender in our collection of kitchen tools, but we finally realised that we could do without no longer as we are all into making smoothies and blending soups and sauces from a variety of ingredients, some of which, like nuts or kale,  can be hard to break down properly. But now nuts, dates and greens are rendered effortlessly into velvety concoctions in seconds and our smoothies are now at last truly smooth. The Magimix food processor is still amazing for making nut and seed butters, hummus etc. and the Cuisinart grinder perfect for nuts, seeds and spices- but from now on in our house, a smoothie really will be a smoothie! Of course it's not just a smoothie maker: here are some of the other things we have made with our Omniblend:

  • Amazing pancake/ dosa batters using chana dal, potatoes or potato flour. Just put the dal in dry and hard and the Omniblend will reduce it to a powder!
  • Quick soups (it even heats them).
  • Quick dals- break the dal down and then put it in the pan to cook for a fraction of the time!
  • Almond milk- it really brings the creaminess out.
We are looking forward to making:
  • Icecream- it gets so much air into smoothies it's bound to make soft and velvety icecreams too.
  • Date caramel. (The Magimix hates dates; they stick round the blades.)
  • Hemp milk.
One of the best features of the Omniblend besides its powerful motor is that the plastic jug is BPA free; so your healthy ingredients will stay healthy.

PS: We were not approached by any company to review this product- we just wanted to write about it!