Gourmet Garden Fresh Herbs and Spices

Whether you're entertaining a large crowd or a few friends over drinks, Gourmet Garden has the key to creating delicious, hassle-free hors d'oeuvres.

When you're preparing finger food for your friends, the last thing you want to do is spend hours slicing, dicing, grinding and grating.

Gourmet Garden has made entertaining simple and convenient offering all the flavour and nutrition of fresh herbs and spices packaged in handy tubes and sachets. The range of 14 varieties includes the popular flavours of garlic, ginger and parsley to versatile herbs such as basil and oregano to the exotic spices of coriander, lemongrass and chilli.

Gourmet Garden General Manager Mr Craig Agnew said that the Gourmet Garden range gives even the first-time entertainer the opportunity to feel confident in the kitchen.

"Gourmet Garden's herbs and spices are simple to use minimising fuss and waste. With just a squeeze straight from the fridge or freezer, you have instant fresh flavour. Even the most basic appetiser can be turned into a gourmet delicacy," Mr Agnew said.

"There is no fuss with peeling, chopping and crushing. And the good news is that there is no waste because the Gourmet Garden range lasts for three months in the fridge and six months in the freezer."

Spring and summer is an ideal time to experiment and mix and match flavours.

Whether you want to jazz up spring rolls with a hint of chilli and lemongrass, create a quick bruschetta with basil and garlic or whip up shish-kebabs with rosemary and parsley, Gourmet Garden has the range to help you create any flavoursome sensation.

Try sautéing pears with Gourmet Garden Ginger and Basil for a burst of flavour or try grilling ginger and basil prawns on skewers to create delicious finger food. There are many more great recipes on the Gourmet Garden website at www.gourmetgarden.com.au

Gourmet Garden's packaging process is the only one in the world that protects the full flavour and nutritional benefits of the herbs and spices by not using any drying or cooking.

The Gourmet Garden process relies on the natural anti-oxidant properties of the herbs and spices, boosted by a vegetable oil blend perfected and patented by Gourmet Garden. This gives each product a shelf life after opening of three months if refrigerated and six months if frozen.

Gourmet Garden herbs and spices can be used directly from the freezer with no defrosting needed. The range can be found in the fruit and vegetable section of all leading supermarkets.

Available Flavours:Basil, Chives, Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Hot Chilli, Lemon Grass, Mild Chilli, Mint, Mixed Herbs, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sping Onion.

Handy, tasty and extremely moreish. If you want to add flavour to any meal, with that 'fresh out of the garden' taste, the Gourmet Garden range will become you best friend in the kitchen. Easily added to sandwiches or toast to make delicious & quick taste sensations.

Try these quick recipes for crowd-pleasing canapés and take the hassle out of entertaining:

Gourmet Garden Appetisers - Beef and Basil Baguette (Serves 8)
Step 1 Cut 1 Baguette into 8 equal portions. Halve lengthwise.
Step 2 Combine 1/4 cup mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Basil.
Step 3 Spread inside each baguette. Top with roast beef slices.
Step 4 Finish with rocket, sliced tomato and avocado slices.

Gourmet Garden Appetisers - Garlic Bruschetta (Serves 8)
Step 1 Arrange 8 slices of Continental bread on a baking tray.
Step 2 Mix 1/4 cup of olive oil with 2 teaspoons of Gourmet Garden Garlic.
Step 3 Brush over bread. Bake at 180C for 10 minutes.
Step 4 Top with chopped tomato tossed with 1 teaspoon of Gourmet Garden Basil.

Gourmet Garden Appetisers - Basil and Ginger Glazed Pears (Serves 8)
Step 1 Halve 4 small, firm-ripe pears, leaving stems attached, and use a melon baller to remove cores.
Step 2 Melt 60g butter in a large fry pan over low heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Basil, 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Ginger, 3 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons mild honey until combined.
Step 3 Add pears to mixture and cook, turning occasionally, until glazed. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.
Step 4 Serve warm, filling the hollows of pears with Cranberry Sauce, if desired.

About Gourmet Garden
Gourmet Garden is an Australian-owned private company based at Palmwoods in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Queensland. The Gourmet Garden herbs and spices launched onto supermarket shelves in 1999 after eight years of research to refine the harvesting and packaging process. The company holds the international patent on these products. Gourmet Garden is the only herb and spice producer that uses no heating or drying in its packaging process to preserve the superior flavour, colour and nutrients of the herbs and spices. Gourmet Garden exports to North America, Canada, UK, Europe and New Zealand making the range the most widely distributed Australian-made packaged food product in history. Log on to www.gourmetgarden.com.au for more information.


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