Guests coming? Need a gift? Try these

10 by 14" silicone lids Company coming for the holidays? Consider Charles Viancin’s 10 by 14 silicone lids.  Shown in the Banana Leaf pattern. Also available in the Poppy pattern  NOW 40% while supplies last.

 

13inch siicone lid in Poppy patternAnother favorite is the 13″ round lid – great for the salad bowl, stove top cooking or oven cooking (silicone takes temperatures up to 428 degrees!).  Patterns: Poppy and Lily Pad.  NOW 40% off

13" Silicone Lid in Lily Pad pattern
13″ Silicone Lid in Lily Pad pattern

 

Zuccini Noodle Salad

A raw salad for health enthusiasits

Zuccini Noodle Salad from Chef Sarah Bambey
Zuccini Noodle Salad from Chef Sarah Bambey

This late summer salad is a winner with avocado for texture and almond butter for a salty seasoning. By Chef Sarah Bambey

Ingredients

  • 1 spiralized zucchini

    Spiralfix for casseroles, salads, garnishes and more
    Spiralfix for casseroles, salads, garnishes and more
  • 1 spiralized cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • handful of baby spinach

Dressing

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 minced garlic glove
  • himalayan salt (to taste)

Method

  1. Spiralize zucchini and cucumber.  With your 3 in 1 Avocado tool, slice 1/2 avocado saving the other half with Coverblubber.

    This 3 in 1 tool by Oxo cuts, seeds and slices your avocado with ease
    This 3 in 1 tool by Oxo cuts, seeds and slices your avocado with ease
  2. Combine all salad ingredients. Combine dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Sprinkle with Himalayan salt and enjoy!

Gefu – Products you can trust!

Gefu’s versatile easy to use products

Nearly 70 years of know-how make Gefu a specialist in high quality kitchen tools that are functional, beautiful, practical, design engineered and ergonomically pleasing. With a head office in Eslohe, Sauerland, Gefu products are sold in 47 countries. Inner Oasis is delighted to share these outstanding products with you.

A rotary grater for hard cheese, chocolate or nuts
A rotary grater for hard cheese, chocolate or nuts

Gefu’s rotary grater is suited for making shavings and fine crumbs. The clever design allows almost complete utilization of the material while keep in your hands safely out of the way and odor free.  Fine and coarse drums; grate right into a storage container or your bowl/pan. Easy to clean. Drums can be shifted for use in the left hand.

Gefu's Spirelli easily makes vegetable spaghetti
Gefu’s Spirelli easily makes vegetable spaghetti

The most popular of our Gefu products is the Spirelli. Operating like an old fashioned pencil sharpener, it will julienne carrots, radishes, cucumber, zucchini – I’ve even quartered and used potatoes for a tasty egg side-dish. Great for stir-fry, pasta, salads, garnishes and more.

One thermometer meets every need
One thermometer meets every need

 

This newly designed digital thermometer from Gefu is fast acting (4 to 19 seconds), easy to read and measures temperatures from -49F to 392F. Operates on an easy to change battery and comes with a cap to cover the tip when not in use. Great for everything from your wine to the baby’s bath.

Make unique casseroles, salads and side-dishes
Make unique casseroles, salads and side-dishes

Gefu’s Spiralfix with 4 different widths, cuts across the width of your vegetable with two high strength steel blades. Convenient and safe. Just dial the desired width, open the lid, place the vegetable in the box and close the lid. Push down gently and turn the handle. Vegetables spiral into a non-slip container – or directly into your bowl or pan. Great for casseroles, salads, and side dishes. Easy to clean; dishwasher safe.

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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.

A New Use for an Old Friend

Using Lekyue’s Minute Cake Pans as Prep Bowls

Lekfue's Minute Cake Pans
Lekfue’s Minute Cake Pans

Thanks to one of today’s customers, we’ve found a new use for Lekue Minute Cake Pans.

They make great one-serving deserts.

I use them for cereal bowls carrying them through the house as I ready for the day.

Add a silicone lid and they become a containers for left overs.

Great children’s dishes.

 

Did you know. . .

A new use for your microwave

Your microwave can help you peel certain ingredients faster and easier. Put the ingredients in a LeKue Steam Case and cover with water. Heat in the microwave at full power (800 watts) as follows:

Steam Case serves 1 to 2 people
Steam Case serves 1 to 2 people

Chestnuts   1 – 1:30 minutes                                                                     Garlic 30-45 seconds                                                                                 Tomato 1 minute

And try using those chestnuts in this soup recipe:

  1. Drizzle olive oil in a saute pot.  Lightly saute 3/4 oz mushrooms, 2 peeled and quartered chestnuts,
    Chestnuts
    Chestnuts

    half a clove of peeled and sliced garlic. Salt to taste.

  2. Add 1 1/4 pt of vegetable stock, 2 tbsp rice. Cook at med. heat.