The Jot, The Onpot, Supoons and Chopulas!

Kitchen Gadgets adding fun to your cooking

Many of the kitchen gadgets found at Inner Oasis are here because you asked us to find them.  Here’s another. Thank you!

Dreamfarm products come from down-under (Australia) and have charmingly fun names.

The Chopula chops, flips and sits upright
The Chopula chops, flips and sits upright

The Chopula is a cross between a chopper and a spatula. It’s thin and flexible enough to chop (even in a hot pan), and flip, yet it sits upright.  The Chopula comes in multiple colors, takes temps up to 480 F, loves your dishwasher, and won’t damage your ceramic (nonstick) pans.  All that for just $11.95!

The supoon measures, stirs, mixes, scrapes and serves
The supoon measures, stirs, mixes, scrapes and serves

Dreamfarm’s Supoon, like it’s cousin the Chopula, does multiple jobs and comes in fun colors.  The Supoon, in two sizes, measures, stirs, scrapes, mixes, serves and sits up. Safe to use on nonstick cookware, the Supoon is dishwaser safe and takes temps up to 500F.   Regular, $11.95, small $7.95.

 

The  Onpot is always there ready to hold your lid at a perfect angle.
The Onpot is always there ready to hold your lid at a perfect angle.

 

The Onpot sticks to your pot lid, so you can safely rest the lid on the edge of your pot. The lids rests at a perfect angle so condensation and food splatter drips back into the pot.  It’s always there when you need it. Safe up to 350F; the Onpot comes in joyous colors  – $9.95

The Jot... sticks to any smooth surface anywhere to hang anything
The Jot… sticks to any smooth surface anywhere to hang anything

Equally colorful is JOT, a suction hook that sticks anywhere to hold anything.  Perfect for you pen, hanging your keys or your charger cord. Sticks to a smooth flat surface.  $5.95

The Scizza slides, slices and serves
The Scizza slides, slices and serves

Scizza perfectly slices any pizza, on any surface and serves.  Nonstick safe nylon base won’t scratch cookware; heat resistant up to 400F.  Hardened German stainless steel blades provide a sharp, long lasting cutting edge.  The Scizza is extra long (5″ blades) to cut cleanly and completely through your pizza.  The unique spatula tip slides under food easily.

Fun to use – time saving gadgets

Using a Orange knife
Peeling and grating ginger

Inner Oasis is about unique, easy to use gadgets that make life easier and more fun.

Orange Peel KnifeOur new Orange Peel Knife from Funkey Buddha is a sturdy stainless steel. No more sticky hands with this well-priced tool.

 

Once you’ve used fresh ginger, you will never be satisfied with buying the available dry ginger again. And now it’s easy.

  1. Peel your ginger with the tip of a regular teaspoon… hold the spoon upside down and scrape from the top (or your cut edge) down toward the palm of your hand.Fresh Ginger
  2. Use a knife (or the point of a peeler) to remove any tiny spots of skin left.  The smaller the cut you make the better.
  3. Grate with our new Funkey Buddha grater… solid on the back so it rests easily in your bowl or cutting board… with a fine grater that reduces the stringy ginger to exactly the consistency you want.

 

 

Magical Creamed Soups

One basic recipe creates a vegetable soup of your choice

Your choice of summer vegetables
Your choice of summer vegetables

The abundance of summer is upon us.  My zuccini plant thinks it is a Super Hero. Here is a quick recipe that will turn any number of  fresh vegetables into a terrific soup.

Wash and cut 1 1/2 C vegetables and 1 small potato. Add to Deep Steam Case with 1 tsp olive oil, 1 C water and a pinch of salt.

Cook 6 to 8 min in the microwave at full power (800 w). Deep Steamer large

Puree using a blender. For more flavor and a creamier texture add milk, cream or cream cheese during blending.

Options:  Try this soup recipe with zuccini, carrot, eggplant, pumpkin, leek, broccoli, spinach, chard, green beans, cauliflower or onion.

Garnishes: herbs, Spices, Seeds, Nuts, Cheese, Cereals, Sauces, Vinegars, or Crisps.

And remember: 5 1/4 to 7 oz of vegetables are considered a full serving in a meal.

 

 

Tropical Fruit Salad

A refreshing and nutritious summer salad

Make a batch of Fresh Cheese:

Ingredients:                                                                                               4 Cups Fresh Cow’s Milk                                                                            2 Tbsp Lime Juice                                                                                     2 small passion fruit                                                                                  5 mint leaves                                                                                         2/3 Tbsp sugar

Tropical Fruit and Cheese SaladHeat fresh milk for 13 min @ 800 w. Remove from Microwave                     Add lime juice and mix with slotted spoon                                                  Add sugar and the pulp and seeds from passion fruit                                     Allow to cool at room temp for 30 minutes                                               Filter through colander and add chipped mint                                                  Press with a spoon to shape the fresh cheese                                              Cover and let chill for 1 hour in the frig

Cut your fresh cheese into cubes. Serve with fresh, sliced tropical fruits such as Kiwi, papaya, mango, and banana.

Stewed Veal with Vegetables

Lekue’s new steamer & roaster allows you to easily roast & steam, OR, steam and roast

Ingredients  for 1 to 2 servings

1 1/2 pound veal for stewing

1 small potato

1 small onion

1 med carrot

peas (optional)

1 1/2 C water

Olive oil

Seasonings to taste

LeKue's new Steamer &Roaste
LeKue’s new Steamer &Roaster

Method

Cut the veal into cubes , season with salt and papper, coat lightly with flour. Place in the tray and dress with olive oil.

Cook, uncovered, in the oven for 15 minutes at 392 F

While the meat browns, chop onion, cut carrots into slices

Cover the browned meat with carrots, onion and water and your choice of seasonings. Cover.  Cook in oven 1 hour at 350 F.

Add chopped potato and optional peas. Recover and cook 30 min at 350 F.

Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Kitchen gadgets create cream filled cupcakes

20160618_085923 (2)Bake your favorite chocolate cupcakes using LeKue’s silicone reusable cupcake forms. To get perfect cupcakes every time use Tovolo’s Cupcake Filler. Just dip, scrape the back edge on your bowl, and push the plunger to drop the batter into the silicone molds.

Cupcake Corer by Oxo
Cupcake Corer by Oxo

Core your cupcakes using Oxo’s Cupcake Corer. Gently push the edge into the cupcake. Twist and pull out. Push core out by pressing down on the corer (in this case the red cap).

Cream Filling                                                                       1/4 C butter, softened

!4 C Shortening

2 C confectioners’ sugar (try organic, it makes a difference)

3 TBS 2% milk

1 tps vanilla extract

Pinch of salt (optional)

In a small bowl beat the butter, shortening, confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until smooth and fluffy – about 5 minutes. Makes enough to fill 2 batches of cupcakes.. or cut this recipe in half for one batch of 48 cupcakes.

Filled and capped cupcakes
Filled and capped cupcakes

Using a pastry bag, or teaspoon,fill each cupcake center with about a half teaspoon of the filling. This filling is soft and will slide down into the hole. Cap each cream filled hole with the top of one center … you and the kids get eat the bottom half of the holes!

Ready for a treat?
Ready for a treat?

Frost with your favorite frosting…

Great activity for kids on a summer day – summer get-together or picnic.

 

 

Microwave Dehydrating

My herbal pot gardens are producing extravagantly this year.  Rather than pull out the dehydrator I’m drying herbs in the microwave – it’s easy and quick.

Dried Parsely
Dried Parsely

Spread your herbs on a flat surface – one that allows the water to escape below. I use my LeKue steam case tray.

Heat at full power (800 W)* uncovered at intervals of 3 to 5 minutes, until they are fully dried. For best results turn the herbs over at each interval.

  • see post: Powering down to 800 w

 

 

Espro French Coffee Presses

New Espro Products at Inner Oasis

Stainless Steel Coffee Presses in 32 oz, 18 oz and 8 oz
Stainless Steel Coffee Presses in 32 oz, 18 oz and 8 oz

Espro, from our neighbors in Canada, make an outstanding coffee (or tea) press – now carried by Inner Oasis – Mind, Body, Spirit.

The double filter
The double filter

 

 

 

Espro Stainless Steel Presses are double walled to keep the heat in.All presses have double baskets… no more floaters!

Espro's Glass Coffee Press
Espro’s Glass Coffee Press

Espro has just come out with a new glass version of their superior press; a stainless steel frame holds the glass container. The best news: this glass is 40% stronger than normal glass. No more breakage!

And for travelers….                               Espro’s new travel press.

It’s easy. Place 3 to 4 Tbsp. coffee in the bottom of your press.                                     Add hot water to “max” line.                                                                    Cover with filters (optional).

Black Mat Travel  Black Mat Travel Press
Black Mat Travel Press

Twist on the lid.                                            Wait 4 minutes.                                              Press down slowly.

Enjoy your freshly brewed hot coffee (or tea).

Stainless Steel Travel Press
Stainless Steel Travel Press

 

The Microwave – My Best Friend

Defrosting tips

microwave ovenUntil LeKue came into my life my microwave was a limited tool used for reheating a cup of tea or bowl of soup. Now I’m learning to use my microwave to great advantage and my 15 year old microwave is my best friend providing me with tasty, beautiful and very nutritious meals.  

Today’s tip – Defrosting food in the microwave                                 from Lekue’s SHORTCUTS

Lekue Steamer
Lekue Steamer

Freezing is one of the best methods  for long term food preservation; it stops all biological processes. Frozen foods, once cooked and stored properly, have organoleptic and nutritional properties that are very similar to those held prior to freezing.

To defrost in the microwave, it is recommended that you do so in different phases, mixing the ingredients of the dish from time to time to ensure the dish is defrosted evenly.

Defrost in a covered container to prevent food from drying out; the retention of the steam will help homogenize the inner temperature.

One trick for defrosting individual pieces (one piece of raw salmon? slices of bread?): add 2 to 3 Tbsp of water to the steam case (under the tray), the food on top of the tray will defrost nicely.

Use a glass of water to aid in defrosting
Use a glass of water to aid in defrosting

OR.. place the food to be defrosted on a dish and cover with a microwave-proofed lid. Set a glass of water beside the dish. Defrost time will be slightly longer with this method, but it will keep the food from partially cooking. Reason?  It is the water temperature that will rise  – not the temperature of the food.

Defrosting food in the microwave is safe and fast. Bacteria do not have time to multiply – but the food must be eaten immediately after defrosting.

Always use microwave safe utensils and cookware and follow the directions of your microwave.