Fru Grains are back!

Fru Grains are back
Fru Grains are back!

I just wanted to announce the return of Fru Grains because they are a favourite of a lot of GoodnessDirect customers, and a personal favourite of mine too.

Fru Grains are a simple cereal made mostly of fruit, oats and almonds which combine into these wonderfully textured nuggets for your breakfast bowl.

I guess Prewetts have been working on improving the recipe (though it was perfect by my standards already). But they still have that unusually, crisp and snappy texture and natural fruit flavour. And when you taste each spoon you just know that the fruit and nut content is giving you all the fibre you need.

Hooray for Fru Grains!


Spice up your BBQ for when the warm weather arrives

Barbecue seasonWe might just have a spell of warm weather coming…

Get out the barbecue, spice up the meat.

And invite your friends.

For tasty barbecue meat you’ll want to marinate the meat first.  This is easily done with some oil, spices and herbs.

Consider using some honey, mustard or soy sauce. Ingredients like lemon juice, tomato sauce or red wine vinegar work wonders too. However Biona have just made the process even easier by brining out organic ‘Easy Chef’ flavour tubes.

Easy Chef Paste makes cooking simple

Using these, you can quickly add a thin layer of Ginger or Smoked Garlic Paste straight onto your meat. Alternatively, Easy Chef Thai Curry or Wasabi Style Horseradish can be mixed into your meat’s marinade for use when the barbecue is fired up. Another idea is to concoct some unique dips by mixing yoghurt with Thai Hot Chilli Paste.


Healthy pizza – is it possible?

Healthy pizza is finally here
Healthy pizza is finally here!

If you are living, breathing member of the human race…

You are also likely to love pizza.

But, if you are a conscientious type of person, you may also be concerned all that white flour dough, oil and cheese  which can’t be so good for you.

So Whole Creations have gone and made the whole thing healthy for you.

If you want a full, delicious tasting pizza here it is. It comes with a nutritious thin wholemeal base made from 100% wholegrain and lots of vegetables on top to count towards your five a day – at least 2 or 3 on every pizza.

It’s low GI (the best way of losing weight) and makes a good source of protein with just the right amount of cheese. Best of all, it’s vegetarian and the taste is unique.

Choose from Roasted Vegetable, Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella, Mixed Pepper and Goats Cheese or Spinach, Ricotta and Tomato.

It’s getting easier to buy unpasteurised milk

Unpasteurized milk is lauded by its supporters for its superior quality.

It is argued that raw milk has more vitamins, beneficial enzymes and ‘friendly’ bacteria. 25% of milk’s vitamin C is said to be lost through pasteurisation.

fresh milkIt is also believed to be easier to digest and, apparently, studies show it can reduce allergies such as asthma and hayfever. Some even believe the saturated fat found in the cream is good for you.

But surely the best arguement is that it tastes better? When pasteurised milk is heat treated it loses its flavour.

Now, while it is still difficult to get hold of unpasteurised cow’s milk, it is possible to get raw, active, unpasteurized goat’s milk – just like real milk should be!

You can try a brand known as Chuckling Goat. The taste is mild and sweet, and not ‘goaty’ at all.

There was a time when unpasteurised milk was understandably risky, because of bacterial infection, but hygienic methods have substantially improved since the days of Louis Pasteur.

Chuckling Goat are licensed to sell raw goats milk; both the goats and their milk are regularly and rigorously tested to ensure stringent standards of safety and purity.

For more information on raw milk visit

How to cook Buckwheat

A step by step guide to cooking buckwheat

Organic buckwheat can easily be found at GoodnessDirect

Artichoke – love it or hate it?

Artichokes, the easy way
Artichokes – the easy way

There’s a difference of opinion about artichokes in our office.

Some people love them, even ‘in preference to asparagus tips.’

Some cannot stand them and find them too rough and unpalatable.

Perhaps it depends on how they are prepared? I am definitely of the former opinion.

Take Organico’s Artichoke Hearts for example, marinated in herbs, the vegetable comes softened and ready to eat. It’s no hassle, and this rather noble vegetable can be served with salads, as a pizza topping, as a condiment or just by itself.

That’s what Organico specialise in: bringing quality organic foods to everyone.

Reader… a drink called Rochester

Refreshing organic drink
Refreshing organic drink

It is known, dear reader, that Mr Rochester suffered too much drink in his younger years.

So, one would expect him to be proud of a non-alcoholic range of drinks aptly named ‘Rochester‘.

The latest is Rochester Grape Vine, a fruit and herbal drink made from a monastic garden recipe.

But there are others of this deliberately organic beverage, such as Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary Mix and Mulled Berry Punch.

It’s always useful to have a bevvy of non-alcoholic drinks in store. They invariably come in useful.

Mr Rochester would no doubt say of them,

“An exquisite treasure-an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment: is it not?”

Flapjacks with punch (not just for kids)

Did you know there are normal flapjacks and then there are sports flapjacks?

What more could you want in a flapjack?
What more could you want in a flapjack?

For example, normal flapjacks come in friendly looking wrappers, like the Jackson Bar –  a handmade snack made from all natural ingredients. It comes in four flavours and relies on honey and fruit juice rather than refined sugar.

A treat like this was designed for kids.

But then there are flapjacks with a bit more punch. Like the Clif Bar, made by a mountaineer for people who like adventure. These are designed as energy bars using organic ingredients and are very successful amongst outdoorsy type people.

Maybe a flapjack packed full of nutrients?
Maybe a flapjack packed full of nutrients?

The idea is to provide a mix of whole grains, protein and fiber plus vitamins and minerals designed to keep you going.

It’s a flapjack on steroids.

Speaking of which, ahem, Clif now also have Builder’s Bars for bodybuilding fans. It still has oats in it, though I’m not sure we can call it a flapjack any longer. It’s wrapped in chocolate and comes with 20g of complete protein and 23 vitamins and minerals – the kind of thing bodybuilders love.

Win a box of Bessant & Drury’s ice cream

Recently I wrote about a wonderful new coconut ice cream…

6 tubs could be yours...
A box of these could be yours…

Bessant & Drury’s is an award winning dairy-free ice-cream made with real fruit and highly nutritious coconut milk.

You can read all about its free-from and vegan status here. But, more importantly, you can win a box load for yourself!

How to win some ice cream
Bessant & Drury’s are generously giving away boxes of ice cream for 8 lucky winners. For your chance to win, simply send me an email and I’ll let you know who’s won in the next newsletter (UK addresses only, competition ends 24.8.12).

It seems that pomegranate juice has just been made even healthier

Ten years ago Pomegranate juice came to the UK.

The juice promised a healthy boost in problem areas weight loss, blood pressure, heart and kidney disease and Alzheimer’s, and has been the subject of numerous news reports.

It was all thought to be due to the antioxidants in pomegranates.

Now Pomegreat have taken a step further by harvesting the benefits of not only the juice but the whole fruit. This results in even more antioxidants, in particular an antioxidant called punicalagin.

So now Pomegreat have a new ingredient they call PurePlus which is the extract of the whole pomegranate. The benefits? I’ll quote from their site:

A new pomegranate juice that uses the whole fruit
A new pomegranate juice that uses the whole fruit

Regular consumption of PomeGreat® PurePlus™ has shown positive results relating to cardiovascular health, lowering cholesterol, and antioxidant benefits.

Pomegranates have been the subject of a great deal of promising scientific investigation in recent years, but we have yet to fully understand all the beneficial properties locked in the skin, pith and husk of the fruit. The initial results of our research are extremely promising. The extract is looking like a veritable fountain of youth.

It remains to be seen exactly how PurePlus will help, but it is already available from GoodnessDirect in 3 flavours: Pomegranate with Beetroot, with Blueberry or with Cherry.

Perhaps it’s your chance to become part of the experiment and see how Pomegranate PurePlus works for you? I’d be most intrigued to know.