Check Your Plums & Make Some Jam

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The weather outside might be horrible, and Axel Rose may have warned us of November Rain, cold hands and wet feet are no excuse to stay away from the kitchen and feel your bits when making jam. We’re raising awareness of testicular cancer this month (as everyone should) and that means one thing: PLUM JAM! Continue reading…

Food Cures

food cure

Here at Garlick and Plum Jam we love to talk about food, almost as much as we love eating it! Recently we’ve noticed a strong increase in the number of ‘miracle’ foods which claim to cure everything from arthritis to bone cancer. Continue reading…

My Wee Side Project

I recently started work renovating the back room of our house into a quiet study/lounge area. I’ve always been a bit of collector of vintage and industrial items to furnish my house with and wanted to carry this on into the new room. Continue reading…

Eating Lots & Losing Weight: It’s Possible

Alevere Weight Loss Diet

We love eating on this site. From hearty breakfasts to quick style lunches to slow cooked dinners: you name it, we have probably made it.

And while all this good eating is good for our taste buds, sometimes it isn’t so good when it comes to our waistlines. For people trying to lose weight, diets can be incredibly restrictive, refined and just not fun at all. Continue reading…

Healthy Sweets for the Health Concious

We’re all prone to something sweet, but if you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle it’s generally best to avoid sugary treats! Fortunately the fitness community has you covered, with a recent trend towards high protein sweets and treats helping you meet your cravings and still stick to your diet.

The key is to use foods which are naturally sweet, combined with high protein ingredients. Protein helps you feel full and is an important element in building muscle, so finding new ways to sneak more protein into your diet will help you to build muscle and lose weight.

There are tons of cool protein snacks out there, from protein pancakes to brownies, which usually involve cooking with whey protein powder and a few other healthy ingredients like natural peanut butter and oats. The recipes tend to be fairly straightforward, and they’re a great way to feel full and enjoy something sweet and tasty.

Our personal favourite at the moment in the protein flapjack, which is generally made with whey protein, oats, peanut butter and a few other bits and pieces depending on the recipe. This list of high protein flapjack recipes from Take Fitness should help get you started on your healthy snacking adventure. If you know any other cool recipes please let us know!

High Protein Flapjack Recipes

How To Choose The Perfect Olive Oil


Olive oil has become extremely popular these days and many people regularly us it for their cooking. Additionally, many studies have highlighted the health benefits of olive oil, making it a healthier alternative to other cooking oils. Owing to this, the market is flooded with various types of olive oil. This makes it extremely difficult to decide which one is the best. Here are some great tips on how to choose the perfect olive oil.
Know the types of olive oil

It is very important that you know about the various types of olive oil in the market. This makes it easier for you to choose the best of the lot. Your choice may also depend on your cooking needs. Extra virgin oil is the purest and healthiest form of olive oil and is mostly used in salads, though people also use it for cooking. Virgin oil is also pure, but more acidic that extra virgin oil. Normal olive oil and olive pomace are the other two types. These two types are more suited for cooking purposes.
Check the packaging of the product

Always choose olive oil encased in a dark glass bottle. It helps preserve the oxidation of the oil. Loss of oxidation can lead to degradation of the oil’s quality and it becoming rancid. Also, always choose oil based on its label information rather than its color. It is a proven fact that the color of olive oil is never an indication of its quality and purity. Hence, it is important to check the label on the package. This will give you a clearer idea on how good the oil is.
Cold pressed or first pressed is the best option

Cold pressed means no heat was used in the process of extracting oil from olives. Though heat helps in extracting more oil from the olives, it also deteriorates its quality, flavors and aromas. Oil extracted through cold press has more polyphenols, making it healthier.
Check the age of the oil

Unlike wine, old olive oil is not the best option. It is often recommended to use oil within one month of its packaging to ensure it is fresh and healthy. Alternatively, the oil can be used up to one year after packaging, but there’s no guarantee of its freshness and quality.
Taste the oil before buying

There are many stores that allow you to taste olive oil before buying. You can taste the “freshness” and “purity” of good olive oil. However, there are many places that don’t allow you to taste the oil. In such cases, you may need to depend on the product label.

These tips on how to choose the perfect olive oil can help you choose products that are not just healthy but also safe to use. For excellent Italian olive oil and other delicious food we recommend

Eat & Drink Your Way Around the World

vietnam food tourism

Travelling and seeing the world is at the top of most peoples ‘to do list’ and the world of tourism has something for everyone, no matter what their interests may be. Everything from, relaxation and pampering weekends to adventure weekends get people booking up but one of the newest, most popular holiday options is Food Tourism.

turismo-gastronomico-valenciaFood Tourism is pretty much what it sounds like, the opportunity for people to travel around the world sampling some of the best cuisine available and broadening their horizons. In recent years we have seen world cuisine becoming more widely available and popular from the high street, fast food chains to high quality dining and these tours offer people the chance to sample the real thing.


Culinary tourism, as it is also known, is definitely on the rise and it can in part be put down to a greater awareness of the things we eat. With multiculturalism today we are experiencing more in day to day life than we could ever have dreamed of 30 years ago and a burning desire to try new things and learn more are fuelling this. You can’t turn on a TV these days without seeing some kind of cookery show or celebrity chef who always wants to show us the next big thing.

The influence of having this beamed into our homes means that our diets and tastes are changing. We are looking at healthier eating options as we learn more about our bodies which, again, leads us to experiment with food s that are new to us.

Going hand in hand with Food Tourism is tourism that see’s people learning more about the drinks that they enjoy. Beer, Whisky and Wine Tourism are all big business. The Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, Whisky Tours in Scotland and Vineyard tours across the world are introducing people to a whole new world. Places like Andalusia are seeing more and more visitors looking to learn more about where their wine comes  from, with people basing themselves in coastal towns like Esteponta and touring the region in rental

People with a keen interest in food and drink are now finding that they can experience first-hand how things are grown and prepared, can taste the end results in stunning settings and can enjoy a holiday to remember that isn’t just sitting on a sun lounger. People enjoy a lazy holiday every now and then but more of us are looking for a little bit more for our money when we choose our vacations.




Ac Milan Football Cake, Perfect For Football Dad

I was having a look around the internet as artisan cake makers and bakeries to try and find the perfect birthday for my dad and I noticed this lovely AC Milan cake in the club colours and badge, I also found a local cake maker that was have to use this as inspiration and my dad was over the moon as he is a massive AC Milan football fan.


Ac Milan Cake