Have you tried wood smoked houmous – it’s sooo much nicer

There are so many ways to use houmous. 

Whether you dunk it as a dip, spread on some bread, or add to a sauce, it can always be relied upon to pack a punchy flavour to an otherwise drab snack.

But, with so much choice on the market it can be difficult to find one which stands out from the crowd…

Well, don’t tell anyone, but I think I may have found one that offers a different experience but still has that underlying savoury kick of a good traditional humous.

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More than delicious…

Try Moorish (by name, and moreish by nature) and you will not be disappointed. One taste is an explosion of flavours.

They offer 3 tantalisingly tasty smoked versions of houmous: Original, Lemon & Dill and a fiery Chilli Harissa.

Each is one is generously flavoured but not too bulked out with oil which means they’re also a lower fat alternative to traditional humous.

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Yum! New nut and seed butters

Health food company Meridian have something new for you…

Five additions to the nut and seed butters range which will, believe me, get some of us healthy nuts very excited.

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Exploding with nutty excitement

Health conscious customers have been crying out for a variety affordable nut butters. So Meridian are responding with more versions including a sunflower seed butter, an almond butter and a cashew butter – both smooth or crunchy. That’s on top of other wholegrain butters like hazelnut, pumpkin seed and brazil nut!

As wholegrain foods all these spreads are 100% nuts or seeds and contain no added palm oil, sugar or salt.

If this posting doesn’t get you excited, then it’s okay, as long you understand that some people will be salivating right now…

Familiarise yourself with Organico’s speciality rice selection

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Cultivated for your pleasure

I’ve said it before – the folk at Organico foods are impressive.

They always seem to bring quality, authenticity and and a sense of fairness to the table.

You are spoilt for choice with their range of organic Mediterannean foods, and now they’re offering a choice of speciality rice.

For example have you heard of Nerone Rice (or Black Rice)? By legend it is known as ‘Forbidden Rice’, because it was apparently reserved exclusively for the Chinese Emperor and his family (because of its nutritional and aphrodisiac properties!)

The wholegrain rice has a fragrant aroma and texture, best used for seafood or hearty vegetables mixes and casseroles.

Then there’s Essenza Rice. Essenza means ‘essence’ of fragrance. The aroma from the rice can be smelt even as its storks ripen in the field. As a long grain variety it is suitable for general cooking, especially with casseroles, sauces, curries or cold rice salad.

Organico’s Wild Red Rice is characterised by a tender, aromatic flavour which keeps longer after cooking. It is also rich in mineral salts, particularly selenium, antioxidants, iron and proteins and is easily digested – so it has gained a ‘superfood’ or ‘supergrain’ reputation.

Try this wholegrain rice with vegetable mixes, in a pilaf or with spicy and strongly flavoured dishes.

Finally, there’s Carnaroli Rice, the ‘king of risotti’. It’s regarded as the best risotto rice because the grain is compact and absorbs well without losing much of its starch. This means the rice draws in all the flavour of the ingredients and liquids but keeps its texture well.

Risottos are not difficult to make. The main thing to remember is do not boil the rice separately. But to help you Organico have also put together three quick and easy risotto meals using the Carnaroli grain:

Buon appetito!

Win BBC Good Food Show Summer tickets

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Calling all you foodies out there!

The BBC Good Food Show Summer is running from 12–16 June at the NEC in Birmingham.

To celebrate we’re offering 3 pairs of tickets to win to enjoy a day at the Show.

The show is packed full of celebrity chefs including Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, James Martin, John Torode and Gregg Wallace demonstrating live in the Supertheatre.

Plus see your favourite TV programmes brought to life including The Great British Bake Off, MasterChef and Saturday Kitchen.

You can shop till you drop from over 200 food stands, find small and artisan produce when you visit the Producers’ Village and Good Food Champions area,  and your ticket also gets you free entry to BBC Gardeners’ World Live too!

Even if you don’t win you can book tickets and find more information on the BBC Good Food Show Summer at bbcgoodfoodshowsummer.com or call 0844 581 1341.

To enter send us an email with ‘BBC Good Food Show’ in the subject line to competition@goodnessdirect.co.uk and we’ll pick a winner on Friday this week (31/5/13, UK addresses only).

If you’re looking for less expensive coconut oil…

It seems like everyone in the health business is getting into coconut oil.

With all the competition you’d expect it to be knocking the price down, but that doesn’t seem to be happening very much.

Refined coconut oil is cheaper than virgin coconut oil, but if you want something the flavour and smell of coconut then it’s better to go for virgin.

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Organic coconut oil

One virgin brand which doesn’t cost the earth is made by Raw Health. As an organic raw food company, they have good credentials in paying attention to the quality of their food, yet the price is lower then anything else I’ve seen so far.

So it’s worth investigating.

Do yourself some good with a Little Miracle

If you want to maximise the antioxidants and energy you get from tea, Little Miracles might be a good place to start.

Little Miracle tea leaves from Sri Lanka, are well known for their high quality tea leaves whether that be black, green or white iced tea – all organic and blended with ginseng and acai.

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Do yourself some good

Once the green tea has undergone both minimal oxidation and further processing it holds a high level of antioxidants. As a result, more of the original plant substances survive in this herb, such as those known as polyphenols. It is then mixed with pomegranate to give you a refreshingly healthy natural lift.

Black tea is a variety of tea that is more oxidized than the green and white varieties, and thus carries a lower level of natural antioxidants whilst having a higher level of natural caffeine. For sweet satisfaction the tea is then blended  with peach in addition to the ginseng and acai.

With the white tea, selected buds are harvested at a far more immature stage. They are then gently processed in order to prevent oxidation or further fermentation, thus retaining the delicate taste and natural benefits of pure white tea and mixing it with cherry.

Peppersmith are running Tingz round here

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Lots of goodness, nothing bad

We all need a little sweetness at times.

Now, Peppersmith have come up with the cutest if ideas.

…’Tingz’ are about to get a liitle bit sweeter…

Having already made stylish gum and mints for vegans and coeliacs, Peppersmith have launched a new range of sweets especially for kids.

Tingz sweets are good for teeth because they are made with British Dental  Health approved xylitol. So they are sugar free and free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.

Still suitable for vegans and gluten free, Tingz available in orange & mandarin or strawberry & vanilla.