Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Garlic Presser or is it a Garlic Crusher?

I've mentioned before that in my kitchen, you will always find three fresh ingredients: onions, ginger and garlic. 

And these days in the modern kitchen, where there is fresh garlic, there is often a garlic presser or is it a garlic crusher?!  Whichever it is, I know its not an essential gadget, but I assure you once you find a good one - there is no going back.  I've never been that apt at mincing or crushing garlic by hand, my efforts are limited to slicing it thin.  So when I acquired this garlic crusher, I was completely sold.  I use it almost on a daily basis.  I've had it for over 10 years now.     
I actually won this while I was still a student in Glasgow through a food magazine.  In fact it was the first thing I had ever won.  I now often wonder how I ever managed without it in the kitchen. Here are a couple of recipes that make the most of garlic -  Garlic and Shallot Risotto and Jalapeno, Garlic and Kale Stew. 


An Update:  I think you will seriously need to get your violins out.  For the past five days I have been stuck in bed with a chest and throat infection.  It was so severe that my mother made an emergency appointment to go and see her GP, who prescribed me with antibiotics.  Unfortunately, this illness coincided with my job interview and presentation to a panel of 6.  In short, I did not get the job I had applied for.  I cannot tell you how disappointed I am with this outcome and haven't stopped crying to myself for the last two days.  My parents keep telling me 'to take heart and be strong', but the thought of going back to the Unemployment centre for very little financial support and a lot of nonsense fills me with dread.  All I have encountered from the heartless workers there is total unhelpfulness.  They treat you like a number and try to assert their piddly authority over you, and make out that your not trying hard to find a job.  I've worked all my adult life, the last thing I want is to be unemployed. 

The best scenario for me now is to hurry and move to Wales.  Being physically on the ground here, I can then sign up with a few employment agencies and perhaps get some temporary clerical work, as the work I am qualified and experienced in is just not coming my way.  For now though, its back up to Scotland on Saturday to make proper plans for moving our stuff down. 

28 comments:

  1. Hi!I'm really sorry for you job :( Stay strong and keep going ahead, it's not the best time for new jobs, neither in Italy but I would like to wish you good look :) And for how concern the garlic presser, well, I can't live without it!Ciao ^^

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  2. Oh I am sorry you didn't get the job Shaheen. That must be so disheartening. Maybe that means there is a better one coming along. I will cross my fingers for you. I will have to try and get through before you leave bonnie (wet and dreich) Scotland x

    ps, I just chop my garlic and hope for the best :)

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  3. Sorry to hear you have been unwell Shaheen. So have I (a big flare-up of my Fibromyalgia) - but at least I didn't have a job interview to go to.
    Sounds like you need to get that move completed PDQ...
    BTW: I have a garlic-crusher thing a bit like yours, but mine was a wedding present, so 34 years old and still going strong!

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  4. so sorry to hear that you've been ill Shaheen, and with such bad timing too :( Jobcentres are horrible places! I hope you manage to find work when you're back in Wales. We're only 11 days in - there's still hope that 2012 will bring new and happy things for you :) I hope so.

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  5. Oh no Shaheen, I am so very sorry to hear all of this. You will turn that corner soon I promise you. The move to Wales will bring good things. I am sure of it.

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  6. Really sorry Shaheen to hear you have been poorly and didn’t get the job. I do hope your move down here to South Wales will open up some new possibilities. All the best with the move now!

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  7. I really hope you are feeling better and I am so sorry about the job. I am sure that something will come along. I have a garlic press that you don't even have to peel the cloves for. One of the best things I have ever bought. Take care and chin up xxx

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  8. You poor thing. Hopefully things will change for the better once you have moved to Wales. I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed for you.

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  9. Oh dear! Sounds like a pretty big bummer. I am so hoping things turn around for you, they will just when the right thing comes along. :)

    So I have a confession...I can't do the garlic press because I don't like the funny little garlic shapes it makes! They look like little garlic meal worms or something! So I keep chopping by hand. How silly is that?

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  10. Oh yes, my kitchen is never without those three ingredients, an absolute must. Take care of yourself and fight on. That job was not meant for you but a better one will be. Suzy

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  11. Dear Shaheen,

    I'm sorry you have an illness impeding your efforts to find work and that the outcome of the interview left you crying. Take care of yourself. The sooner you mend, the brighter things may look. Don't lose heart.

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  12. Its funny I used to use my garlic crusher all the time but now I find that I grate my garlic, along with either the ginger or the parmesan depending on whether I'm making curry or pasta (my two major garlic uses).
    Good luck with the job search.

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  13. Before I start I wish you nothing but the best and every success in 2012. I'm sure your new start will be a positive productive one...I have this feeling ;D

    Now isn't it funny that I too always have the same fresh ingredients in my kitchen...ALWAYS!
    As to the garlic crusher/presser, I've had millions (well maybe a tad of an exaggeration there) but I've had so many in all shapes and designs but they never seem to last...10 years you say? I must keep an eye out for one of those.

    I hope the medication has started to work and you'll be feeling fit and ready to take on the world soon ~ or the unemployment centre staff at least! Good luck :D

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  14. Oh Shaheen, I am so very sorry :( Violins out is about right! What terrible timing - being so unwell would have been bad enough without the job implications. I hope you can move to Wales quickly and have some fresh starts for the new year.

    On a more positive note, I really like your new blog header :)

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  15. Oh Shaheen, I'm so sorry. That is the worst of luck.

    I had a boss once who said something to the effect that it's those with the least actual authority that act like they have the most power. It helped me remember that people like that act big because their influence is so small. A bit pathetic, really.

    My thoughts and good wishes for you. I hope good things are just around the corner!

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  16. I am sorry you are going through a tough time... I wish you find health and prosperity soon. all the best Shaheen...

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  17. I must share with your my misfortune with my garlic crusher. Only yesterday I filled my crusher with 2 unpeeled cloves ( as learned and seen from the Mr Jamie Oliver) only to have one go through fine and the other( once I pushed hard enough) came squirting back out at me filling my entire vision with stinging, eye shutting unable to open bloody garlic. I lost all sense of tap placement, I was rendered incapable of even opening my eye for a second to see. My 8 yr old threw cups of water at me, Gotta love that. Ohhh it was agony I tell you. So I would call it a garlic crusher definitely press just sounds too meek, after you've almost been rendered blind by it.

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  18. I don't have any real concept of how far you are moving when you go to Wales. But I do wish you the best.

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  19. I am also a big fan of those three ingredients and especially garlic! Really rubbish about the job, but hopefully once you've completed your house move you can focus on the job hunt in a less stressful way. Signing on is a hideous experience, but I'm sure it will only be temporary. Take care! Ixx

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  20. So sorry things have not been going well for you. There is a terrible chest infection thing going the rounds - our next door neighbour was nearly hospitalised over Christmas and my M-in-law is still coughing having had the same things. Fingers crossed everything will look up obce you've moved.

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  21. I think I would die without garlic, ginger and onion in my kitchen. I have a garlic presser but no where as good as yours. I love garlic but hate the smell of it on my hands - weird huh?

    As for the job. Sorry about your being ill - when it rains it pours. But you know what, rain eventually means rainbows and I am sure there is one in your near future.
    RE: job centre bods - I could never figure out if the job attracted a certain personality type (little fascists) or if the job made them that way because of their management etc. Anyway, next time you go in just keep in mind that job centre person from Bread (are you old enough to know what I mean???).
    Job seeking sucks but from your writing you come across as being creative and resourceful which are good traits.Good luck.

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  22. Oh dear. I sympathise wholly.
    I had the chest infection and was out of action for more than a fortnight. I reluctantly took the antibiotics but missed my friends' solstice wedding and lots of christmas social whirling. Sorry to say that almost a month later and I'm OK but still not fully well.

    I had to sign on a couple of years ago when I had less than 16 hours paid work a week. It was vile and so depressing; bland jobcentre staff half my age on a mini power trip speaking to me as though I'd never worked a day in my life. Even worse as they knew I actually had two jobs at the time! It's nonsense. Don't let it get you down. Just know that an ever better job is coming your way.

    Rest up and get well.

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  23. Dear Shaheen: I just read this entry today, sorry! I just want to tell you this: although we don't know each other personaly, I hope you don't mind to give you a very, very huge hug (from the distance) and I hope that this hug full of all good thoughts, be usefull and give you a little support.

    love

    Verónica

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  24. I love my garlic crusher but use it less these days - perhaps after my old faithful broke and the new one was dodgy - it had to be replaced quite soon after buying it - but I find it almost as easy to chop the garlic on the board. They are great!

    And I am glad you are taking some joy in your kitchen while life still seems tough. Hope you are feeling better. The advice I give to people who don't get an interview is that if you get to an interview stage it is positive because employers don't waste their time interviewing someone they don't think could do the job - you are obviously employable - and sometimes when you don't get one job there is another waiting around the corner but until it happens I know (from experience) that it can be soul destroying. Good luck with moving and looking around for a job that will make you happy.

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  25. So sorry you have been so poorly and things didn't go well on the job front. I share your sentiments regarding the jobcentre and life unemployed, it really sucks. I really hope things start to pick up for you soon. When I was made redundant I treated myself to a garlic crusher and I use it a lot even though it's an awful thing to clean and I am thinking of writing to Jamie Oliver to tell him of this difficulty.

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  26. How disappointing about the job! Here's hoping something wonderful comes your way very soon. Hang in there!

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  27. i use a garlic presser often, but recently the sturdy and rather expensive one in thick steel - which i've had fo many years i guess - broke. the handle just broke in two. such a nuiscance! but of course that's an easy thing to replace, and nothing like the thing with your throat infection - missed job interview. i am so so sorry to hear about that!! what is the universe trying to tell us when these strange and disappointing things (keep on) happening. i've yet to figure out an answer...

    but i am of course hoping this will lead to a better job/source of income, once you've moved down to wales!!

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