Back once more, a Booja Booja Easter

Booja Booja are a best selling brand at GoodnessDirect. With 57 awards over 14 years it’s not surprising.

Booja Booja Easter
Enjoy a dairy-free Easter

Their vegan and gluten free chocolate truffles may just be the best thing you’ve ever had at Easter.

Booja Booja’s remarkable truffles are lovingly packed into the beautifly hand crafted iconic egg boxes. These gorgeous boxes are individually designed, crafted and painted by hand in Kashmir, giving trade to the now thriving community out there. Each egg is decorated using a traditional Kashmmir pattern. The vibrant colours with iconic gold outlines is stunningly eye-catching and because they are painted by hand each one is totally unique!

The eggs come in large and small sizes with different flavoured chocolate truffles, so here they are:

After Midnight Espresso
Hazelnut Crunch
Champagne
Banoffee
Stem Ginger
Rum Sozzled Sultana

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Just had to shout about Fria Bread – if you’re gluten free, you’ll love it

I just wanted to shout about this.

Fria Bread is gluten free and undoubtedly the best range I’ve ever tasted…

Fria bread is gluten free
Read what other people say about Fria bread below…

The bread is made by an award-winning bakery based in Sweden and is the biggest and most successful gluten-free bakery in Scandinavia. It ships all over Europe and is available from GoodnessDirect.

Just check out what other people have to say about their breads, buns, muffins and cakes:

“Oh my, this is wonderful. Had my first bacon sandwich since I was diagnosed coeliac. Tasted as good, if not better than in “normal” bread. Truly delicious.”

“Another truly delicious sliced loaf. Perfect for sandwiches, toast or just on its own. Soft and fresh. Puts other gluten free breads to shame.”

“These are so moorish! A truly delicious nutty, full of flavour bread roll. You simply cannot tell that these are Gluten Free. No gritty, chalky after taste, just fresh soft bread. Can’t believe you can eat these after defrosting. No heating to refresh needed. Fantastic product!”

“What a fabulous bread loaf! Gorgeous flavour, really tasty. You wouldn’t believe this is gluten free. Defrosts quickly and is great with savoury or sweet toppings! Simply delicious.”

“Absolutely delicious. A lovely fresh soft loaf that puts other gluten free breads on the market to shame! It has a real delicate flavour with just the hint of oranges coming through. Lovely for breakfast. Will certainly be buying lots more of this.”

“Oh my, these are one of the most delicious muffins I have ever tasted. You wouldn’t know they were gluten free. Fantastic flavour with just the right amount of cinnamon and apple jam. Soft and fluffy with no gritty feeling that so many gluten free cakes have. Absolutely gorgeous! A generous supply will be going in my freezer!”

“Wow! These are simply delicious! Tastes like a “normal” chocolate muffin. Non of the dry, gritty texture that a lot of gluten free cakes have. Truly a great find. Soft, fresh and yummy!”

“These are simply delicious! Soft and full of flavour. Great used as an open sandwich or delicious on its own with soup. You would never guess these were gluten free. Puts other gluten free brands to shame.”

“Absolutely gorgeous, light and fluffy inside, puts all other freefrom breads to shame.”

“Just delicious, indulgent and so chocolatey.”

“Absolutely stunning product. Wish I found these baguettes years ago. Soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, just how a baguette should be! Tastes just like “normal” bread. Will be stocking up my freezer with these.”

“I’ve bought these several times for myself and most recently for a Belgian Gluten free friend who felt the lack of them in her newly gluten free diet and they really are a complete treat. They warm beautifully in the microwave to a soft sticky consistency and crisp beautifully in the oven. Frankly I just love everything about them and they taste just like proper cinnamon buns. Five stars all the way!”

“This is gorgeous. Full of delicious flavour. Soft and fresh this is lovely on its own or with a savoury topping. It defrosts quickly so always there when you fancy a quick bite.”

Fria gluten free products are freshly baked then frozen. They can simply be defrosted and are ready to eat with no baking required. You can toast them, spread butter on them and dunk them with no trouble at all. In fact, I’d say, you’d be hard pressed to find a better range of gluten free bakery.

Montezuma’s chocolate designed to welcome in the spring

Leaving behind pancakes and lovehearts, the next big festival is Easter (though don’t forget Mother’s Day at your peril!)

Easter is at the end of March, so it will be here before you know it…

But with all these thoughts of indulging ourselves with sweet treats it’s good to note that the chocolate companies are working to make themselves as ethical as possible (at least those we stock at GoodnessDirect are.)

Take Montezuma’s for example, not only is their chocolate ethically sourced from South America, this year they are supporting a the Butterfly Conservation charity.

Montezuma Easter Chocolate Egg
It’s got nuggets of pure cocoa in it…

All the boxes (where there are boxes, because they’re downscaling their packaging too) are designed with different species of butterfly and a donation for every box sold will go to the charity, which is the largest insect conservation and while relying heavily on donations works hard to slow the decline in butterflies and moths (one third less in the last five decades).

It’s an appropriate way to celebrate the coming of Spring and you can celebrate too by chomping through some amazing flavours from  Montezuma’s Easter range:

Organic Dark Chocolate Chunky Egg and Organic Milk Chocolate Chunky Egg Beautiful hollow chunky eggs made using Montezuma’s delicious house blended dark or milk chocolate.

Organic Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nibs Eco-egg and the Organic Milk Chocolate with Butterscotch Eco-Egg
Amazing taste and minimal packaging guaranteed.

Salted Peanut Butter Filled Milk Chocolate Mini Eggs and The Almond Praline Filled Dark Chocolate Mini Eggs
A unique combination of the chocolate shell and filling to make you wish it was Easter every day of the year!

Organic White Chocolate Cheeky Bunnies, Dark Chocolate Cheeky Bunnies and the Milk Chocolate Cheeky Bunnies
Returning again this year with their cheeky smile.

Milk Chocolate Butterfly with Biscotti Pieces
UK Chocolate entrepreneurism is getting better and better. And, look out for something on the horizon called the Single Origin Truffle Egg – we don’t know much about it yet, but even the title makes it sound tantalising.

Christine’s Strawberry Cream Valentine Tarts – recipe

A perfect  celebratory dessert – creamy, rich and sweet. Ideal for Valentines Day: Christine Bailey’s Strawberry Cream Valentine Tarts

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Completely gluten free, grain free and vegan. Top with a fresh sliced strawberry or chocolate heart for a truly romantic treat.

Christine is a well known nutritionist, chef, presenter and author of many healthy recipe books.  Her latest book Nourish is a cancer care recipe book written in collaboration with the Penny Brohn Cancer Centre. Christine will be running a cancer care cookery demonstration on May 5th at CNE, Wokingham.  For more information and to book visit advancenutrition.co.uk/cookerydays

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Freezing time:2 hours 30 minutes
Suitable for: vegetarians, suitable for vegans, Dairy Free, Seed Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free

Serves 6

Base:
125g pecan nuts
75g pitted, soft dates
2tsp melted coconut butter
Filling:
250g cashew nuts
200ml Vanilla Rice Dream
225g Strawberries, chopped
3tbsp maple syrup
Pinch of Himalayan salt
115g melted coconut oil

1. Grease 6 metal rings and line the sides with a strip of baking parchment. Place on a lined baking sheet.
2. To make the base grind up the pecan nuts in a food processor until very fine.  Add the dates and coconut oil and process to form a sticky dough. Divide the dough between the metal ring bases and press down firmly to form a crust.
3. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden
4. To make the filling place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and thick.  Divide the filling between the metal rings.  Return the rings back into the freezer and freeze for 1-2 hours until firm.  Carefully remove the rings and place the desserts on individual serving plates.
5. Place in the fridge and allow to defrost for an hour before serving. They can be kept in the fridge until needed.
6. Top with berries or a chocolate heart to serve.

Overindulgence of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday may be remedied by charcoal tablets on Ash Wednesday… obviously!

Had too much on pancake day? A little charcoal on Ash Wednesday may help that stomach trouble.

As surely as Shrove Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday, so the excesses of pancake day might be treated with digestive charcoal.

Bragg's Charcoal Biscuits
A suitable choice of food for Ash Wednesday

Back in Victorian times charcoal biscuits were popular for easing stomach trouble. So, if you ate a few too many pancakes last night, they might do you some good too.

Charcoal has traditionally been used to absorb gases in the digestive system, relieving the discomfort caused by indigestion, wind and heartburn. It’s still used by many as an antidote to flatulence today.

Bragg’s began selling the sooty remedy baked into biscuits back in 1879, and still makes the recipe today, though you can now also buy charcoal capsules if you prefer. So, if you feel a little uncomfortable after a little light festivity, the old remedy may well be worth the investment

For Valentines: 3 Rules for Fertility from fertility expert, Natalie Kringoudis. Rule 3: Sex

We asked fertility expert, Natalie Kringoudis, if she’d pass on her tips for conceiving a baby. She very helpfully wrote back a lot of information on how to tune your body for reproduction.

Natalie comments on the importance of blood flow, and it has been noted that this can be improved through the use of the herbal remedies like Ginseng and Ginkgo

I’m regularly asked ‘What can I do to be more fertile?’

It’s actually one of the main reasons I wrote my ebook – Fertilise Yourself.

There are many things that need to be addressed to gear you toward a healthier, more fertile you.  Here’s the third of 3 key points to have your reproductive organs raring…

SEx

How much sex do you need to make a baby? Actually not that much. But how much sex do you need to be healthy?… That’s the million dollar question.

Many patients share their anguish when it comes to ‘baby making sex’. You know the kind? The kind that begins with good intimate intentions but that quickly take a turn toward the “hurry up and get this over with because it’s the third time in three days……  and I’m OVER it” kind.  Yawn.

The biggest mistake I see couples make in the natural fertility game is to confine their timing to what they believe is their ‘ovulatary window.’  This can be a trap for several reasons.

Firstly, we don’t all ovulate at the same time.  Ovulation doesn’t necessarily occur on the 14th day of the cycle.  The timing of ovulation can be quite confusing, which adds complication and explains why many people are missing the timing.

Secondly, limiting the amount of intimate time we spend, limits the amount of exercise our reproductive organs receive.  This means exercising them all month round, in order to increase blood flow to the pelvic cavity and to nourish and condition the reproductive area.

Also by increasing blood flow, we are nourishing the area with all it requires to work best.  If a woman has already ovulated,  intercourse in the later part of the cycle is essential to help feed the growing embryo as it imbeds into the endometrium and feeds off adequate blood supply.

This is especially appropriate for couples going through IVF. The same rules apply in the need for the reproductive organs to be getting all the oxygen and blood supply they can.

Vegan pancakes without eggs? Easy peasy recipe!

Vegan pancakes without the eggs are easy when you have the know how…

veganpancake5oz plain flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
300ml water
1 tbsp oil
icing sugar for dusting
selection of fresh fruit

1. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl, make a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients. Whisk until blended.
2. Add a small amount of oil to a frying pan and place over medium heat. Check the oil is hot by adding a drop of batter, if it spits then it is ready.
3. Pour a scoop of batter into the pan. Brown on both sides.
4. Move pancake to plate. Arrange fruit on top shaped in a smile and serve with a sprinkling of icing sugar.