Allergen free sweets for kids

Children’s food should be as healthy as possible.

Smiley Fruit
No junk and high in fibre


What about sweets?

Food scientists have come up with wonderful ways of using healthy and natural ingredients to make treats that kids will love.

Such as Smiley Fruits from Belgium, made with real fruit and guaranteed to put a smile on your child’s face, especially as they are allergen free (see link).

These fruit juice jelly pieces come in four flavours: Raspberry, Orange, Passionfruit and Strawberry, have only 18 calories per slice and are made totally free from gluten, milk, nuts or gelatine.

There’s no colourings or additives or any of that junk, just good ingredients, high in fibre and high in fun.

Simple rules for making a curry

It’s simple really.

If you’re cooking curries there are just a few simple rules to start with.

1. Whole spices and whole seeds first (mustard, cumin etc.)
2. Onions next,
3. Then the curry powder and other powdered spices,
4. Followed by the ginger, garlic, fresh coriander and chillies.

Once you’ve done this, you can add the other main ingredients, along with water or stock as necessary. Finally, make sure you season to taste.

Most people don’t know how to build the foundations to a good curry and fall at the first hurdle. But, get the initial stages right and your other cooking skills will soon kick in. You’ll get the hang of it.

Yellow mustard seed
Fry the whole spices first…

There are lots of other tips you can pick up. These are just the basics, but get these right and you’ll be on your way to cooking Britain’s favourite dish in no time.

It’s useful to have as many herbs and spices as fresh as possible, but it’s also a good idea to bulk buy your spices where you can. GoodnessDirect stock kilo packs whole seeds such as yellow mustard, brown mustard, fennel, cumin, caraway and coriander to help you on your way.

Mmmmmmmm, Lovechock – happiness inside

Sheer pleasure needs no explanation…

Want happiness on the inside?

Rumour has it that it comes in the form of chocolate…

Specifically, Lovechoc-olate.

Tenderly cold grinding the best organic Equadorian cacao (rather than burning it) allows the chocolate to keep its  antioxidant flavanoids which, we are informed, are otherwise known as love-chemicals.

The chocolate is then sweetened with coconut blossom nectar and comes unadulterated with no dairy, soya or gluten.

As a result, the flavour, no matter what the variety, is intense. But for your pleasure Lovechock comes in 5 vegan flavours:

  • Pure/Nibs
  • Almond/Fig
  • Goji/Orange
  • Pineapple/Incaberry
  • Mulberry/Vanilla

If you chew organic do you need organic breath mints?

In europe the organic food market is growing strongly.

However, in the UK the only the organic clothing sector can report an overall success.

Natu Hit
New innovative organic foods from Europe

I guess that means we can expect to see a lot more European organic foods being eaten by some well dressed Brits! Interesting foods like Natu-Hit, the organic version of Tic Tac’s.

These come in strong mint, red fruit and licorice flavours.

After all, those organic fashionable types can look as stylish as they want but their breath is going to be fresh too…

(P.S. Another advantage is that they’re gluten free.)

These bites taste so good, you wouldn’t believe you were eating something so healthy

Nature's Store Rice Milk Covered Rice Cakes
incredibly good taste

Oh my goodness!

I just wolfed down a pack of the tastiest ricecakes ever!

Yes, I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but the good food revolution has hit the puffed up world of ricecakes with a vengeance.

Okay, the ricecakes were mini-bites and yes, they were covered with chocolate, but I’ve tasted chocolate rice cakes before and they weren’t half as enjoyable as these Rice Milk Chocolate Coated Mini Rice Cakes.

The real fulfilment came from the purity of the experience. The chocolate had been made with rice milk keeping it lactose free and adding a symbiosm to each delightful bite. Cocoa and air-bubbles, sweetness and rice – it was near heaven.

The makers, Nature’s Store, source the finest ingredients and add nothing artificial, in this case utilising organic rice from paddy fields in Italy.

I can only hope that their other products, obviously all gluten free:

… are equally as good.

(I’ll soon find out…)

Palm oil cooking takes a turn for good

There’s been a lot of bad press about palm oil in recent years.

The cultivation of palm forests for industrial use has been an ecological disaster.

So, it’s exciting to hear about a responsible use of palm oil by sustainable organic practice which works to preserve rainforests.

Amaizin corn chips
Made with ecologically responsible palm oil

Amaizin are a nacho company making gluten free and organic corn chips with palm oil from land that has been farmed responsibily since 1990. Money is invested back into the Colombian community where the trees are grown and a cooperative of small farmers has been set up to continue the work.

Of course, what you get to enjoy are some very flavoursome torilla chips. Currently they come in three different flavours: natural, sour cream and chilli.

You’ll be surprised how much health-power is packed into a drink of Dr Oats

Dr Oats
Heart power in a smoothie

I was dubious at first.

But where other recipes had failed, this version of the drink was a roaring success?

The key ingredient?


It is reckoned that just 3g of oat beta-glucan will lower cholesterol – the key factor in heart disease. So I’ve seen several drinks companies to try mix oats into their drinks to make them healthier.

In myopinion Dr Oats smoothies succeed where others have failed because their drinks aren’t gloopy, and they don’t taste like you’ve swallowed a foreign object. Instead they are made simply with fruits and oats. No added sugar, no fruit concentrate or anything else artificial. The taste is fruity and refreshing and it counts as 2 of your five a day.

They boldly claim that a small drink has the same cholesterol lowering power as a bowl of porridge. Can’t be bad, especially if you don’t get on with porridge.

You can try Dr Oats in 3 flavours.
Dr Oats Apple, Berry & Oat Drink
Dr Oats Orange, Passion Fruit & Oat Drink
Dr Oats Mango, Pineapple & Oat Drink

Love authentic Italian? You’re in for a treat

Recently I visited a local Italian place, The Sovranno Caffe, a wonderful little place and well worth a visit.

Surrounded by the melodious tones of tunes from the 1950s and sips from  a Nutella enhanced mocha I was reminded me how much Italians care about their food. (It was the mocha that convinced me.)

If you take a quick look at the organic company Organico they will show you the same thing.

The ethical company have a huge range of Italian and Mediterranean delicacies: garlic sauces, pasta sauces, artichokes, balsamic vinegar, capers, olives, grissini, sun dried tomatoes, pickled chillis… the list goes on.

organic pasta
You’re in for a treat

But it’s the organic pasta that impresses me the most. Organico make big bags of artisanal pasta – that means the pasta is made by hand. You can see the quality just by looking at it.

If you’re a fan of pasta you’ll recognise names like Conchiglie, Fusilli, Amorosi, Strozzpreti, Pacchari, Orecciette. These refer to the Italians’ ingenious and expressive love of small and large pasta shapes.

In the end The Sovranno Caffe and Organico have some great things in common, above all, they’re not afraid of authenticity and integrity, and that will win them friends everywhere.

Win a bumper hamper of Booja Booja Easter Eggs

Booja Booja are generously offering 3 hampers to win for this Easter.

Booja Booja
Easter Eggs like no other

How could anyone not prepare for Easter without considering Booja Booja’s exquisite vegan chocolate truffles? Not only do they taste magnificent, the packaging is beautiful too. The cases are hand-painted by artists from Kashmir as a boost for the troubled community and all their chocolate is vegan.

Just so you can think about them a little bit more Booja Booja have arranged this competition. For a chance to win one of three hampers (like the picture above) all you need to do is send us an email with your name and address and the lucky winners will be picked at random at the end of this Thursday 21st March 2013 (UK address only).

You can also put together your own special hamper from our Easter shelf using the GoodnessDirect hamper service. But don’t forget to consider Booja Booja, the variety of flavoured truffles they produce is truly delightful.

Rude Health granola leaves the competition spitting dust

honey nut Granola
Most people haven’t eaten 7 wholegrains in their whole lives

If you’re trying to win a competition for best breakfast then you’ll be hard pressed to beat Rude Health.

Their Honey Nut Granola, for example, has been tuned up and tweaked to perfection, carrying 7 different wholegrains: buckwheat, barley, wheat, spelt, oats, rice and rye. That’s a lot of horsepower (well you can argue with the horse that munches it.)

Plus, the freshly roasted nuts, honey and date syrup keeps the whole cereal tasting so sweet you’ll get to feel good and have enough fuel to transport you to lunch and back. No refined sugars here, or salt, just high octane fibre.

People will be wondering what you had for breakfast, literally.