Great read in today's SMH by Callan Boys, highlighting the growth in condiments and pastes showcasing strong umami flavours. Umami is the 5th taste, a savoury flavour typical of mushrooms, soy, tomatoes and some meats. Foods high in umami have that lovely mouth watering flavour - historically delivered often by MSG, now natural flavours are popular.
You can get your umami fix in several ways: slow fermented miso in "Oomite" (looking dark and thick like Vegemite), chilli sesame and fermented black beans and fried garlic in a crispy chilli oil, a combination of tamari and tahini or "Tumami" a match of tomato paste with black garlic from Alice Zaslavsky.
Increasingly customers seem to be turning from highly processed foods and appreciating the clean flavours of real food like Garlicious Grown Black Garlic Paste - pure umami in a jar! Great to restock in June as the free post deal for orders over $100 expires at the end of the month.
This is a wonderful authentic recipe from our friend and colleague, Fiona Aveyard of Outback Lamb - thanks Fiona!
Black garlic is new to me, but it has kind of become my "go-to" addition to basically everything, as it adds a real depth of flavour that can't be replicated by any other spice. You don't have to worry about garlic breath either, because it doesn't have that element. You can use pure black garlic powder (you won't need much of this!) or the black garlic cloves. Both can be used interchangeably for this recipe. I get my black garlic from @garliciousgrown and cannot recommend their products more highly.
I have made this casserole or stew many times. I sometimes will swap out diced shoulder for shanks depending on what I have available, both are equally delicious. Nigella Lawson recommends allowing 1 shank per person, then shredding the meat from the bones to make it go further. This is messy and you absolutely have to extract every bit of marrow from the bones, but always worth the effort. Six shanks would feed 10 using this method.
This casserole can be made up to 3 days ahead. Always cover and then refrigerate within 2 hours of making. You can also freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Always defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating. To reheat, take it out of the fridge, remove any fat from the surface and leave to come to room temperature, and preheat the oven to 170°C. Cook for around an hour and serve piping hot.
SERVES 8 -10
2 large onions, finely diced
2 tablespoons black garlic powder (plus 2 black garlic cloves if desired)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons ground allspice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
250ml red wine
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
750gm -1kg diced lamb
2 tablespoons cornflour
Preheat the oven to 150°C.
Combine the cornflour and black garlic powder in a bowl, toss in the lamb and lightly coat.
Heat the oil and brown the floured lamb on the stovetop in batches. I do this in the casserole dish I'm using so the flavour remains. Remove the lamb and set aside.
Put the onions and (if you're using them, the black garlic cloves) in the same pan and cook for just a few minutes, or until the onion starts to soften.
Stir in the cumin seeds, ground allspice and cinnamon.
Turn the heat up to high, and then pour in the red wine. Let this bubble up again, making sure to scrape the bottom of the dish to lift any yummy crispy bits up. Add the 2 cans of tomatoes. Then fill each can with cold water from the tap and pour that in.
Stir in the salt and add the lamb back in, bring it again to a bubble, then place the lid on firmly and transfer to the oven.
Cook for 4 hours. Season to taste. Top with chopped parsley to serve. Its ready now to serve to your guests, or you can let it cool, refrigerate and then freeze as required. Creamy mashed potatoes or else couscous would be an obvious accompaniment, or a chickpea and spinach salad is also nice. Whatever your preference, be sure to pile a plate high with lots of good, crusty, bread.
You can now try Garlicious Grown black garlic at Ritchies Fine Food Stores - such beautiful award winning gourmet food retailers offering fantastic customer service in beautiful surroundings. We are delighted to be ranged there and look forward to adding our stock to more of Ritchies fabulous emporiums!
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Looking for new flavours in 2021?
The Global Taste Trends report maps out the key tastes linked to trends across the world, by nutrition company Kerry. The 2021 report shows the impact of our 2020 year on our flavour choices. Apparently we are searching for solace in our food choices:
The great news is Australians are strong supporters of small businesses. According to a recent Fiverr report, six of ten Australians report they would support a small business over a larger company for the same purchase. The disruption of 2020 has pushed buying local, with 97% of respondents saying they will continue this habit into 2021. It seems connections to local neighbourhoods have strengthened. We have certainly been grateful for a huge lift in online sales, our version of "buying local"!
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Thrilled to be a finalist in the Back to Business initiative with Kochie Business Builders (in partnership with Yellow Online and eBay). There are some great businesses sharing their tips for getting back to business in 2021.
We hope you will vote for the Garlicious Grown tip, as the prize is a fantastic opportunity to be featured on KBB TV aired nationally on Channel 7. You can see the Garlicious Grown back to business tip here and then further down the page vote for us. Just a little tip, click the circle above the Garlicious Grown image then enter your email address to validate your vote. Thanks in advance for your support!
Lovely to be supplying Vegmasters, an outstanding Australian supplier of fresh processed vegetables and herbs to Australia's largest food manufacturers. Vegmasters came to us seeking black garlic paste and it has been fantastic to start supplying beautiful quality bulk paste. Their initial order was for 250kg and we delivered direct. You can see our 10kg tubs on arrival.
It was so nice to be warmly welcomed into the Vegmasters supply family - certainly our only delivery that included a refreshing cool drink to say hello! Thanks for the hospitality Vegmasters - we look forward to great times ahead.
Fantastic to be stocked at such an outstanding store on the south coast - thanks Theresa for taking us on. It is a great opportunity for all those lovely customers to source Garlicious Grown black garlic locally. Your merchandising looks terrific and great to see stores supporting Australian made too!
Let's welcome 2021 as a fresh start - Happy New Year to everyone, our customers, retailers, chefs and suppliers. We look forward to a fantastic year together and good health for everyone.
In 2021, we look forward to rebuilding our food service trade as more hospitality venues get back into action. We feel for our old customers whose event businesses have been so badly impacted by the pandemic. Hopefully across 2021, events can swing back into action with beautiful food front and centre!
One of our 2021 plans is to explore producing some beautiful video focused on how to use black garlic. Look out for these launching across the year! Happy New Year to everyone
Cheers Jenny and Cathy Garlicious Grown
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Looking for innovation and great flavour in your Christmas menu?
Here are three black garlic favourites - there may be one that just fits your meal planning. Remember black garlic does not leave black garlic breath - with its soft mellow sweet flavour and lovely garlic notes, your guests will be as lovely to know after Christmas dinner as before!
Cucumber and smoked salmon canapes are a drinks hit - very simple to prepare - just slice cucumber, add cream cheese, smoked salmon, a slice of black garlic and lemon to finish. Good black garlic cloves are soft and easy to slice, rather than rubbery. Recipe is here.
Chicken and black garlic are a fabulous match - this 40 Clove Chicken recipe may seem excessive, but the rich umami flavour of black garlic is fabulous. A simpler option could be to add black garlic cloves to any stuffing recipe.
You may like to finish with Malted Black Garlic Icecream. Surprisingly, black garlic is a great pair with sweet flavours - lovely in this malty rich icecream but also great with dark chocolate say in rich brownies.
Our black garlic white balsamic dressing or black garlic aioli can dress any salad or top seafood. At the moment they are bundled together in our Triple Treat special.
So, looking for an ecofriendly sustainable gift? Garlicious Grown Black Garlic Gift Packs are perfect for the 'difficult to buy for' friend, family member, teacher or neighbour. All Australian, from a rural small business, a black garlic gift pack can delight your loved one.
Our delicious black garlic has a WOW flavour that is versatile, healthy, Gluten Free, vegan-friendly (except aioli) and gender-neutral. It turns any meal into a gourmet wonder.
We're happy to include a personalised message for your loved one and send it directly to their home (just include in the notes to seller).
Take a look at our delicious and great value gift packs here. ❤️