As the days get colder and darker, we naturally desire heartier, comfort foods, such as steaming mugs of hot chocolate, bowls of pasta with melted cheese and piles of hot buttered toast.
With the drop in temperature, it can be really hard to think about eating fruit!
But if you look carefully, there are some wonderful fruits that are in season at this time of year, and can be incorporated in to your winter warming recipes.
Here are some of our favourites:
Quince: Although there are only a few quince orchards left in the UK, it once was a very popular fruit in this country. A relative to the apple or pear, quince provides the perfect accompaniment to cheese in the form of a quince jelly, or spread on toast as a jam or marmalade in the morning. Halved and roasted with maple syrup, cloves and star anise, they release a lovely aroma, and taste wonderful served with smoky gammon.
Pomegranate: The rich, shiny jewel tones of the pomegranate seeds look beautiful in any dish, and are full of vitamins and nutrients. Originally a gift to the West from Persia, the pomegranate has been cultivated for several millennia. Delicious spooned out of the flesh and eaten alone, sprinkled over Smoky Aubergine Babaghanoush, mixed into a couscous salad, or stirred into yoghurt with honey – the pomegranate’s versatility is endless!
Persimmon: A small orange-gold fruit with a shiny skin like a tomato, the persimmon is also known as the ‘Sharon Fruit’. They are great winter fruits with high levels of Vitamin A and C and beta carotene.
The persimmon when ripe can be sliced and eaten on its own, poached and served with sweet mascarpone, or baked into a pudding or crumble. Despite its sweetness, persimmons also taste wonderful in salads, with prosciutto and mozzarella, or with Asian fusion cooking, such as in rice paper rolls with prawns and dipping sauce.
So keep warm this winter, but don’t forget to experiment with some of the season’s wonderful fruits in your kitchen – not only do they taste incredible but they will hopefully keep some of the coughs and sneezes at bay too!
Christmas is a time for celebration, sharing quality time with loved ones and should be enjoyable for everyone. But it can be an overwhelming time filled with stress and anxiety for those who are hosting the day.
The key to any good party or event is the food. Here at G’NOSH, we aim to inspire ideas for fuss-free but innovative ways to entertain guests and enjoy some really good quality food. So, to help you on your way to hosting a stress-free Christmas party, we’ve prepared the following suggestions for simple, yet delicious canapé recipes that are worthy of any sharing table and are delicious, easy to prepare and will also look great.
• Make simple but stunning crostini or bruschetta with G’NOSH Muhumarra Spicy Red Pepper dip topped with a range of delicious vegetables, and a little grated mozzarella. Place under the grill for a couple of moments until the cheese is melted
• Why not use the festive poultry favourite of turkey to create a basic white risotto dish but complete by stirring through some G’NOSH Sweet Black Bean Dip to give a smoky flavour that will look fantastic too, ceps or wild mushrooms would work with this too if you’re catering for vegetarians
• Serve an elegant and minimalistic Scandinavian style ‘smorgasbord’ comprising of Scottish smoked salmon, pickled herring, G’NOSH Beetroot & Mint Dip and some good quality rye bread. This can be served on a wooden chopping board for an authentic take
• Serve a mezze platter dish of green and red coloured couscous (add in chopped chilli, bell peppers, coriander and a little paprika to bring out the festive colours), some home-made falafel, some G’NOSH Babaghanoush – Smoky Aubergine Dip and a little feta salad with good quality Kalamata olives
• Desserts are important to complete your feast and as it’s the season of over-indulging why not offer a lighter, refreshing sweet such as a granita or sorbet – your guests will thank you for it and you can even experiment by incorporating alcoholic flavours into these such as a ‘mulled wine sorbet’
Here’s to a stress-free Christmas 2012 filled with good quality food (and drink) from G’NOSH.
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AWARD WINNING CHEF WILL TORRENT SHARES @GNOSHERS TWITTER ACCOUNT FOR FESTIVE FOODIE TIPS TAKEOVER – 6th December 2012
It’s an exciting day for us at G’NOSH HQ. We’re pleased to officially announce our partnership with award winning Chef, Pâtissier and Chocolatier, Waitrose Consultant, TV chef and media personality – phew! – Will Torrent (www.willtorrent.com / @willtorrent).
Will works with celebrity chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith, so he’s the perfect person to answer your own Christmas cooking conundrums, recipe ideas and festive entertaining tips.
We will be sharing our @gnoshers Twitter account with Will on Thursday 6th December (3pm-5pm GMT), who will host a live Q&A session, replying live and direct from G’NOSH HQ, to those who submit their Christmas questions ahead of or during the event.
All you have to do is tweet your question to @gnoshers with the hash tag #AskWill.
So, if you’re in need of a helping hand to create your first ever festive feast, or some innovative tips on how to create an alternative to your traditional prawn cocktail starter, you can have all your Christmas conundrums answered by an expert.
Tune into Twitter now and post that question, or tweet Will live on 6th December: we look forward to hearing from you all!
The G’NOSH Team
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The weekend is the perfect time to catch up with family and friends over a lazy brunch. A late morning, casual meal means that the host can relax – and even have a lie-in before guests start to arrive!
Here are three of our favourite, easy-to-make brunch dishes:
1.Caramelised Bananas with Pecan Nuts
Pre heat the grill on high. Slice ripe bananas lengthways and drizzle with honey and a handful of pecan nuts. Place under the grill until the honey starts to bubble and the bananas soften.
Place on top of a bowl of thick Greek yoghurt, or a slice of lightly toasted brioche, and serve immediately.
2.Spicy Scrambled Eggs with Toasted Sourdough
This couldn’t be simpler – just stir in some of our Spicy Red Pepper Muhumarra dip to your scrambled eggs and garnish with some cracked black pepper, crumbled feta and chopped parsley.
Best served with some thickly sliced, toasted sourdough drizzled in good quality olive oil.
3.Very Berry Porridge
Porridge is the ultimate warming breakfast dish – and its well documented health benefits mean that it’s a great start to the day. But, it needn’t be boring!
Make your porridge as normal in the pan. Turn off the heat and stir through a mixture of fresh berries: we recommend blueberries and raspberries. Add cinnamon to taste and a swirl of maple syrup if you want to sweeten.
Give them a try, and do post your brunch recipes with us in the ‘Share with Us’ section of the site – we’d love to hear from you!
My kids and I are already looking forward to the 5th November – we love the excitement of fireworks night and the tradition that surrounds Guy Fawkes.
It’s the perfect excuse to get family and friends together for a cosy evening of sparklers, and lots of hearty and delicious food and drink – here are some of my ideas to make your Bonfire Night go off with a BANG!
For something substantial, easy to eat and appealing to both adults and kids, you can’t beat a decent hot-dog! I buy great quality Cumberland sausages from the local butcher, served in a seeded sub roll and offer a range of toppings that guests can choose to customise their ‘dog. Our favourites are:
– G’NOSH Muhumarra Spicy Red Pepper with Grilled Halloumi
-Soft Caramelised Red Onions & Pimento Peppers with Sour Cream
Served with a good selection of salads, dips and crudités, it’s a perfect and simple meal to enjoy while watching the fireworks display.
Bonfire Night would not be complete without some traditional toffee apples. I always use robust Granny Smith apples, and only dip them halfway in the toffee. Before they cool, I recommend rolling them in some chopped pecan nuts, or even a sprinkling of popping candy to fit the fireworks night theme.
I like to make mugs of steaming hot chocolate for all my guests to enjoy in the garden as the evening ends. Use good quality hot chocolate and boil it with milk, some fresh vanilla pods and a stick of cinnamon for some added flavour.