Thursday, 12 August 2010

Brilliant Products

Yesterdays harvest waiting to be processed.
A while ago I was asked by a new to me, company called CSN to review a couple of their products. The choice of product was to be mine. Of course just as this lovely offer was made my salad spinner spun it’s last, so number one on my list would be a new posher, stronger, salad spinner. The offer came a day after I had been blanching cabbage for what seemed like an eternity, now picking out blanched cabbage with a slotted spoon for over an hour is not my idea of time well spent, so number two on the list would be a blanching basket.
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Cauliflowers in the blanching basket.
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Transferred to the salad spinner to drain off excess water.
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Oooh....I love spinning!!
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And for the third thing, I decided a thing of useful beauty would be my choice. I chose a magnificent trug like garden basket in which to gather my daily produce. I LOVE IT!!
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It’s big, it’s handy, it’s comfortable to hold either in my free hand or in the crook of my elbow, and the bugs and caterpillars fall through the mesh, saving a few lives from drowning in salted water!
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Yes, I know I’m a softy…I’m the girl who apologised to a caterpillar last week when it had been boiled with the cabbage. (Lobsters being thrown into boiling water are my idea of a horror movie, so to subject a poor innocent caterpillar to such a fate was unthinkable, even if it had been eating my cabbage!!)
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Its other use was tested out on Sunday at the Farmers Market, I filled it with lavender and lavender bags and its rustic appearance added a certain something to a corner of my stall. Truly a thing of useful beauty.
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I picture myself drifting in a very ladylike manner, wearing a Laura Ashley long skirt, snipping the flowers in my cottage garden, filling my wirework trug with blossoms and branches to artfully arrange in my suitably twee vase. Shakes her head and re-jigs the picture…….mucky jeans, muddy wellies and a trug full of cabbages….ahhhh…now that’s more like it!!
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Cauliflower about to be open frozen.
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Bagged up after a couple of hours and returned to the freezer.
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Jars of pickled Beetroot, and jars of Tomato, Garlic and Courgette Sauce with Chilli. All picked and processed within a couple of hours.....now there's fresh for you!
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For lunch yesterday I had some of the sauce (well, I had half a jar left over) with brown rice......yummy. And then for tea we had the broccolli and some of the cauliflower in a cheese sauce with some breaded chicken.....equally yummy!
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The three items that sped up the process and made things a little more fun rather than a tedious drawn out job. Highly recommended. I've highlighted the individual items with links if you would like to get them for yourselves. Be sure of one thing, I wouldn't recommend something that did not fulfill it's purpose and look the part in my kitchen.
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Today I'm harvesting the last of the Spinach and getting that into the freezer. I'm starting to feel like a squirrel!!
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Sue xx

8 comments:

  1. Doesn't it make a difference having the right tools for the job! Especially when you have such a bounty to prepare for storage as you have. Delicious looking food and I am pleased your new gadgets helped, I have my eye on that trug!
    Take care
    Sarah x

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  2. I adore the trug ! my salad is always a bit wet as I only have a colunder to shake the leaves in.
    Your produce looks wonderful - you've worked hard & are reaping the effort. Store away Squirrel - there are a lot of us out there !!!

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  3. Amazing harvest going on there Sue. Am in awe again.

    Love the caterpillar story, I am exactly the same.

    Last week I brought in a lettuce which seemed to be home to a family of earwigs, now I don't even like earwigs (always scared they'll nip... do they?) but that didn't stop me making about 12 trips out to the garden with the little critters! They just kept appearing!

    Mike thinks I am mad but like you, I just don't like to harm things when it's avoidable.

    Charlotte
    (from campaign against Flagrant Tart Rule Flouting!)
    xxx

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  4. I would like a salad spinner, but it'll have to wait until we've got the village house (with its larger kitchen) renovated, as there's just no room here for more stuff!

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  5. The salad spinner is the best discovery I made this year. My first was was bought from a Charity Shop for £2. The difference in leaves spun and then dressed is amazing compared to ones just tossed in a colander or dried with paper towels. This new posh one is even better, much more solid and it catches its own water...brilliant.

    Sue xx

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  6. Hi Sue.. I think the salad spinner idea with the cauliflower is an excellent idea, as water always gets trapped in between. And I love the trug .. because....... I just do :-)

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  7. Dear Sue,
    here I am directly from Rhoda's Country Homes and Interiors blog. I was so curious to see what you are cooking and preserving from your vegetable garden.It is so good to find all that good food during the long winter days, isn't it?
    I'm your newest follower!
    Francesca from Italy

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  8. Hi Sue

    I've only just discovered your blog but I love it!

    I really like the idea of courgette, tomato, garlic and chilli sauce - we grow all of those so could make it! Do you have a recipe?!

    I'll follow with interest!

    Bex.

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