So I came across this photo… and now I’m drooling!

So I came across this photo…

Coco Cafe and Eat Natural Bar

The Eat Natural bar I know, it’s a great munch for fitness food, but what’s with the Coco Cafe Latte drink?

Well a little reading up determines that this is something I’m going to have to try… The Coco Cafe consists of Natural Coconut Water, 1 shot of strong espresso and a dash of ‘reduced fat’ milk.

Just the thought of it makes me drool. Coffee I can love, but good coffee tinted with coconut starts to get me buzzing in all the right ways. It’s fairtrade too.

They say it’s a sort of healthy pick me up to keep you going with a burst of natural hydration and energy. I say ‘bring it on!’

Apple and Pear Jam made without any sugar or sweetener of any sort

I have to admit I’m amazed.

I simply didn’t realise you could make a jam out of fruit without adding any kind of sugar at all.

Pear and Apple Spread
Biona make an apple butter with no sugar

Apparently it’s fairly easy to do with apples and they call the result ‘apple butter’, which is an apple puree so thick it can be spread just like jam, but of course, with far fewer calories.

Biona have a version which is a combination of apples and pears to make a rich and tangy Organic Apple and Pear Spread.

No added sugar or sweetner, no pectin or coagulator of any kind – just good spreadable fruit. Who knew? But, it turns out people have been making apple butter for centuries.

Simple Japanese curry recipe

Curry is the nation’s favourite food isn’t it.

But it’s not just Indian curries, there are Thai curries and Caribbean curries and now, how about Japanese curry?

Blue Dragon make a Japanese Curry Cooking Sauce so it’s easy. Plus, the mild flavour makes it an ideal curry for the whole family.

Here’s a simple recipe for you to try:

Vegetable Curry

Serves 4

  • 1 jar of Japanese Curry Cooking Sauce
  • 1 aubergine – large, cubed
  • 1 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 white onion, chooped
  • cooking oil

1. Fry the chopped onion with oil in a saucepan.
2. Once thee onions are soft add the vegetables and fry a little with the onions.
3. Add 1 cup of water and leave to simmer.
4. Once the water has boiled down a little stir the curry sauce.
5. Let the sauce simmer until it thickens to your desired consistency.
6. Season with chilli to taste.

Serve with Japanese sushi rice. Simple!

Help Moo Free make more chocolate!

Moo Free
Moo Free is an award winning dairy free chocolate

I was caught a bit by surprise here.

I’m a big fan of Moo Free chocolate as it’s one of the tastiest dairy-free milk chocolate bars around.

But even I didn’t realise they’d gone and brought out single Mini Moo bars, just like the regular chocolate bars you can buy from a newsagent’s.

There’s 2 varieties so far: a bite sized individual bar of the standard milk chocolate and then another topped with crunchy mint chips.

But there’s something else which has got me concerned…

Apparently Moo Free really need our support to help them continue making chocolate. In order to continue production they need additional machines in order to do so. But funds are tight so they’ve taken out a personal loan for one of the machines, but still desperately need help to fund two more.

To find out details of how you can help visit theirĀ Kickstarter fundraising page.

There’s only 3 days left and I’m not sure if they can get all the money in time, but if you love Moo Free and feel you can help them, please contact Moo Free

Vegan cheeses – what’s your favourite?

There are so many vegan alternative cheeses out there.

But few do exactly the same as dairy cheese.

Redwood Cheezly Cheddar Slices, for example, are designed to be perfect for melted cheese, but other Cheezly products will be better for cubing, grating or slicing. Bute Island also make a good variety of cheese alternative flavours too.

There again, not every dairy cheese is ideal for grating or melting either…

so, What’s your favourite?

At GoodnessDirect we often receive suggestions of different makes of vegan cheese. Everyone, it seems, has their favourite. What’s yours?

One of the best I’ve heard of is cashew cheese which has a great taste and is great for slicing, melting or spreading. It’s easy to find a recipe to make your own, but for ease of use here’s one from The Food Network UK.

Suggested homeopathic muscle relief

If you’re looking for an alternative remedy for muscular pain you could try Weleda’s Muscular Pain Relief Oromucosal Spray.

It’s a homoeopathic product to help relieve symtoms of strains, aches and pains.

Weleda work to ensure all synthetic ingredients are avoided. They only source raw materials from the natural world for their ingredients. Many Weleda bodycare products bear the BDIH kite mark (certified natural cosmetic) so you can tell at a glance the product is genuinely natural.

In this case the ingredients are arnica (for muscular stiffness, fatigue, bruising and muscle strain), ruta (for strained tendons, deep bruising and aches) and rhus tox (for pain and stiffness in the ligaments, tendons and joints).

Organic vegetarian ravioli – one taste and you’re smitten

As a kid one of my favourite foods had to be ravioli.

What can I say? I love pasta, and pasta stuffed with other foods seemed even better!

Biona Organic have obviously taken advantage of my love of all things Italian and created a vegetarianĀ Ravioli Pizzaiola which is filled with ricotta, mozzarella, tomato and Italian pizza herbs.

Biona Ravioli Pizzaiola
2 great tastes in one – pizza and ravioli

I’m ashamed to say that one taste led to a whole plate of the little parcels being devoured in minutes.

It also tasted better than I remember as a child, I’m not sure if it was because of the organic ingredients or their pizza like nature.

If Biona’s Pizzaiola doesn’t satisfy you then the company also make larger rectangles of ravioli filled with spinach and leek.

Warning: these are surprisingly filling.