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An eco Christmas Gift Guide ad

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It is getting to that time of year to start thinking about Christmas presents, so I would like to share some of my gift guide ideas. Regular readers will know that I’ve tried to adopt a much more sustainable philosophy this year, so I’ve been keeping an eye out whenever I’ve been in the charity shops. I’ve got quite a few toys, games and books as stocking fillers for the boys. Some of them even look brand new. Of course I still plan to get them at least one thing that they each specifically request.

Sous Chef salt plate

However you can also get some nice new sustainable gifts and when I was browsing the cookware section of the Sous Chef website, I discovered some great finds, which they kindly sent me for free. First up is this fab Himalayan salt plate. It comes in two sizes and this is the smaller 21cm x 10 cm. Salt is naturally antibacterial, so there is no need to use soap to clean the plate. Just wipe with a damp cloth, and dry well before storing. You can heat the plate in the oven or chill it in the freezer, and it will season the food you are serving on it. Just imagine frying scallops on it or using it to serve your caramel ice cream. What a wow factor at the table!

Sous Chef grow your own sunflowers and kale

And for the gardener in your life, there is a great range of grow your own products. I chose these grow in the bag Towering Sunflowers and Gigantically Good Dinosaur Kale (cavolo nero). The instructions on the reverse indicate that you start the seeds off in the natural biodegradable jute bag, then transplant the whole thing outside to mature. See I’m also thinking about the bees with the sunflowers, as I had been contemplating making my own bee bombs.

Sous Chef grow your own sunflowers and kale

I’m planning to make some homemade foodie gifts for the extended family, so the final two items I chose from the cookware range are early Xmas gifts to myself to assist in that process. There is a large Cook’s Muslin Square 93cm x 100cm that I’m hoping to use to strain jellies and steam Christmas puddings. Two things I’ve never tried previously, but I can remember as a child watching my mum tie her jelly bag onto a kitchen drawer handle overnight when making crab apple jelly. You never know, I might even try making my own cheese with it. Muslin is a natural fabric which can be washed and reused time after time.

Sous Chef Cooks Muslin

And after any cooking, there is the cleaning afterwards, which is where this copper washing up sponge will come in very handy. It is made by Andrée Jardin, a traditional French family business where everything is produced in small batches, using artisanal techniques. The company’s motto is Simplicity, Quality, Sustainability.

Sous Chef copper sponge

Do take a look at the Sous Chef site here https://www.souschef.co.uk/collections/cookware. There are so many more fabulous items. I’ve got my eye on the dehydrator. It would be great to make my homemade fruit snacks and vegetable crisps, avoiding all the plastic packaging that they tend to be sold in. The trays are stainless steel, so no need to worry about toxins from plastic either.

My other big sustainable gift suggestion is to give someone a memory. I’m thinking of paying the entry fee for a swimming race for my partner, but it could be buying a membership of say Woodland Trust or adopting an endangered animal via WWF or tickets to an event. The list is endless.

I’d love to hear what you would like to give or receive for Christmas. I’m especially looking forward to hearing about sustainable ideas.

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Chicken and vegetable chilli stir fry

Regular readers of my blog may have noticed that I am gradually building up a collection of Ozeri Green Earth cookware. The latest item that I have received free to review is the 30cm wok. I’m really pleased to have received this as my existing wok is probably my most regularly used pan and it is starting to show signs of its age.

Ozeri wok

So having come home after a 12hr shift at work when the rest of the family had already eaten, I decided to try the Green earth wok out on a meal just for me only. I was pleased to see it again came with a pan protector for stacking. But I certainly couldn’t attempt to read the user guide – far too small a font size.

Ozeri wok

However from my existing Green earth frying pans, I remembered that I just needed to season the wok first with half a teaspoon of olive oil and to cook at a low heat, due to Green Earth Pans being a better conductor of heat than traditional pans, otherwise the food may burn. And then I set to making a delicious spicy stir-fry, seeing as the kids weren’t going to be eating it.

Chicken & vegetable chilli stir fry


Ingredients (serves 1)

150g broccoli
1 medium onion
40g sugar snap peas
1 medium carrot
40g cashew nuts
40g cooked chicken
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp chilli oil

Method

Peel and dice the onion.
Peel and cut the carrot into batons.
Chop the broccoli into florets.
Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil.
Par-boil the broccoli for 3 minutes.
Drain and set aside.
Add olive oil to wok.
Heat gently and add onion and cashew nuts.
After a couple of minutes, add carrot, broccoli and sugar snap peas.
Stir in the chilli oil.
Add the chicken.
Stir fry for about 5 minutes.
Serve hot and enjoy.

chicken & vegetable spicy stir-fryAnd as for cleaning the wok after use. It was so easy as the food hadn’t stuck at all.

You can order this wok via Amazon.  Currently the price has been reduced from £49.99 to £38.95. I’m not sure how this price compares to other woks, but I’ve also been asked to post my review on the US Amazon.com and I noticed that the price there is about half the UK price, a substantial difference. Why is this? Still best to order via UK site, as the shipping and import fees from US would increase the cost back above £38.95.

The packaging also indicates that the wok is induction stove safe and has an oven-safe handle. I’ve never tried wok cooking in the oven previously but that sounds a great feature, especially with the non-stick properties. When I’ve tried transferring frittatas in my cast-iron cookware from hob to under the grill, they do tend to stick to the dish.

This is a good quality item in my opinion. And I can mention that my existing Green Earth frying pans are still looking in great condition, the first of which is over 18 months old now. The wok has a smooth surface compared to the textured surfaces of the frying pans.

And let me remind you what I found out previously. I discovered that the Ozeri Green Earth pans are one of the first non-stick pans to be free of harmful heavy metals and chemicals. This is due to the ceramic coating which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free. I had never realised that previously when cooking at high temperatures that toxic fumes were probably being released into the environment. I have been making a conscious effort since, to cook at lower temperatures, although still struggling to get my other half to remember to do the same.

Ozeri is a manufacturer of products for contemporary homes. I have previously reviewed two of their frying pans, the 20cm and the 26cm versions.

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Salmon fish cakes

Ideally you need a good quality frying pan when making fish cakes, so I decided to make some to test out the new 26cm Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan that I have just received free from Ozeri to review.

Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan

Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan

I was really pleased to be offered the chance to review this product, as it is a bigger version of the 20cm Ozeri frying pan that has become a firm favourite in my kitchen since I reviewed it last year. You can read that post here, but there was one difference this time. This pan came with a pan protector to use to protect the surface of the pan, if stacking other items on top of it. What a great idea.

Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan Protector

Pan Protector

Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan Protector

As a pro with my existing 20cm pan, I already knew that I just needed to season the new pan with half a teaspoon of olive oil and to cook at a low heat, due to Green Earth Pans being a better conductor of heat than traditional pans, otherwise the food may burn.

Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan

Seasoning the pan


So here is my recipe for salmon fish cakes. You’ll see that it encompasses three variants, in order to suit all members of the household. We’ve got the traditional potato ones, both with and without leek, plus ones made with sweet potato.

salmon fish cakes

Ingredients (makes 8-10)

350g potatoes
350g sweet potatoes
1 212g tin pink salmon
1 egg
2 tbsp plain flour
20g leek
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp olive oil

Method

Peel and chop the potatoes and sweet potatoes.
Chop the leek.
Bring two saucepans of water to the boil.
Put the potatoes and leek in one pan and the sweet potatoes in the other.
Cook for about 10 minutes until they are soft enough to mash.
Meanwhile drain the tin of salmon and place the fish in a bowl.
Remove any skin and bones from the fish.
Mix egg and 1 tbsp of the flour into the fish.
Season with salt and pepper.
Remove the leek from pan and put aside.
Drain the sweet potatoes and return to the pan.
Drain the potatoes and return to their pan.
Mash the sweet potatoes.
Mash the potatoes.
Mix half the fish into the potatoes and the other half into the sweet potatoes.
Dust the other tbsp of flour across a board.
Put half of the potato fish mixture onto the board.
Roll in the flour and form into 2 patties, approx 2cm high.
Mix the leek into the remainder of the potato fish mixture.
As before, form into 2-3 more patties.
Put all of the sweet potato fish mixture onto the board.
Form into 4-5 patties.
Add olive oil to frying pan.
Heat gently and put 4 patties in the frying pan.
Cook gently for about 4-5 minutes until golden underneath.
Turn over and repeat to cook the other side.
Put aside whilst you cook the other patties.
Serve hot with your choice of vegetables and enjoy.

salmon fish cakes

And the verdict on the pan. Absolutely fantastic. The fish cakes did not stick in the slightest, so were very easy to turn, half way through cooking. And we got a thumbs up all round from everyone for the fish cakes too.

Now let me remind you what I found out last time. I discovered that the Ozeri Green Earth pans are one of the first non-stick frying pans to be free of harmful heavy metals and chemicals. This is due to the GREBLON ceramic coating which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free. I had never realised that previously when cooking at high temperatures that toxic fumes were probably being released into the environment. I have been making a conscious effort since, to cook at lower temperatures, although still struggling to get my other half to remember to do the same.

You can order this Frying Pan via Amazon.  Currently the price has been reduced from £44.99 to £24.99.  This is very good value in my opinion for such a quality item. And I can add that a year on, my existing 20cm pan is still looking in good condition.

I’ve already mentioned that it also comes in a 20cm size, but there is a third size too, the biggest version at 30 cm.

Ozeri is a manufacturer of products for contemporary homes. I have also previously reviewed their Precision Pro II Digital Bathroom Scales and their Salt and Pepper Grinder and been very pleased with both of those too.

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My review of Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan

Ozeri is a manufacturer of products for contemporary homes and is an established brand in the USA, presently looking to expand into the UK. I’m very pleased with both their products that I have previously reviewed, namely the Precision Pro II Digital Bathroom Scales and the Salt and Pepper Grinder. So when their distributor Moderna Housewares contacted me again, to see if I would review another Ozeri product, I was happy to help out. I selected the 30cm Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan from a choice of 2 Ozeri products to review, since my existing large frying pan is nearly the end of its useful life.

So I was very pleased to receive my free Ozeri Frying pan, although it turned out to be the 20cm model, rather than the 30cm one that I was expecting.  It was well packed and came with an instruction leaflet. My first thought on getting it out of the box, was that it looked sturdy.

On reading the box and leaflet, I discovered that it is one of the first non-stick frying pans to be free of harmful heavy metals and chemicals. This is due to its GREBLON ceramic coating which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free. I had never realised that previously when cooking at high temperatures that toxic fumes were probably being released into the environment. Not a nice thought to dwell on, as I imagine some of that went straight into the food being cooked and then eaten by my family.

I followed the instructions to season the pan with a tiny amount of oil and then decided to test it out by frying an egg. I used a lower heat as per the instructions, as it advised due to the Green Earth Pan being a better conductor of heat than traditional pans, that high heat could cause food to burn. I was pleased to see that the pan sat well-balanced on the hob, as I tend not to use my existing 20cm frying pan very often, because that has a dangerous tendency to unbalance and tip. The egg cooked perfectly and glided out of the pan onto the toast. Full marks to the non-stick surface. And the pan was easy to clean in hot soapy water with a soft cloth.

It also advised that high heat can accelerate the gradual decline of the pan’s non-stick properties. And the pan is oven safe to 180 deg C. Hand washing is preferred rather than dishwasher. I cook on gas, but it said that it is induction stove safe.

I can hear you asking why is the surface textured rather than smooth? The box claims that an elevated texture creates air pockets which distribute heat underneath food to enhance cooking. And that a patterned surface helps prevent food bonding for superior non-stick performance and easy cleaning.

You can order this Frying Pan via Amazon.  Currently the price has been reduced from £39.95 to £24.95.  I only know one other high quality pan brand and that is much more expensive, so this is very good value in comparison in my opinion. Buy for yourself or as a gift.

It comes in a range of sizes, namely 20cm, 26cm or 30cm and there are also similar designs with a smooth non-stick surface rather than textured. I don’t believe it comes in any colours other than green. I will have to investigate further to see if they also make saucepans, as after finding out about the heavy metals and chemicals, I would prefer to replace all my pans in the near future.

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