Keep an eye out for recipes on my blog next week. I've entered myself into the "Gourmet Garden" Blog Off / Cook Off competition.
In the mid 1990s two scientists were not satisfied with the short season for fresh herbs and the flavour of dry herbs. This created the path for the pair to discover a unique process to capture and store fresh chopped herbs and spices under refrigeration. Their vision lay in using the antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities of herbs and spices so they could be packaged fresh, without cooking or dying procedures. This would ensure the best possible fresh flavour and aroma, with the highest value of nutrients.
In 1998, in the relaxed surroundings of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the Botanical Food Company began commercialising the patented process to ensure the herbs are picked when the antioxidants and natural essential oils are at their peak which maximise the herbs fresh flavour and aroma.
Launched in 1999, Gourmet Garden has managed to grow from a small, privately owned company proving success on Australian shores, to a now burgeoning global success story. The company now exports to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and Asia with great success and further international markets are currently being planned.
The Blog Off/ Cook Off involves 3 stages with awesome benefits including a chance to cook off at the Good Food and Wine Shows, a fully funded trip for 9 bloggers to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a video production of a demonstration you can use on your site and exposure 50,000 members on the Herb eCooking School database. Additionally, Australia’s Best Blogger-come-Chef will win $2000 cold hard cash and a $5000 12-month ambassador partnership with Gourmet Garden.
Herbs received are garlic, basil, thyme, hot chilli, Thai blend and coriander. Wish me luck!