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.

houmous
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.

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.

cashew butter
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…

Peppersmith are running Tingz round here

tingz
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.

Tips for cooking rice pasta

Amisa are doing it again.

The organic firm, famous for their healthy food for dietary needs, are now introducing a range of gluten free pastas. – Highly appropriate for Coeliac Awareness Week.

organic rice pasta
Tips on cooking rice pasta

First up there’s some appetising wholegrain rice fusilli and penne.

The trick with cooking rice pasta is to include some olive oil and salt in your water.

Then, when you add the pasta at boiling point, stir immediately to separate the pasta and keep stirring until the water is bubbling again. This stops the pasta sticking together.

After this turn the heat down to a simmer and stir every half a minute. Fortunately rice pasta cooks quickly so this won’t take long.

Finally, when you’ve finished cooking, drain the water off as soon as possible to prevent overcooking.

That’s it!

Amisa also have some golden corn and rice pastas in the form of fusilli, rigatoni and spaghetti. Fortunately, this cooks just the same way as normal rice pasta.

 

100% Blueberry Juice concentrate

Blueberry juice
Simply blueberries

Here something you might like to know…

CherryActive, the company that takes the famous Montmorency cherry juice and bottles it for its super high antioxidant content (twenty times more than most fruit), are doing something new.

Now, they’re not just using cherries to tackle joint mobility, muscle recovery and sleep problems.

There’s also bottled blueberry and bottled beetroot juice. Blueberries are still being researched for their overall benefits and each 210ml bottle of BlueberryActive contains the concentrated juice of over 1250 blueberries.

Meanwhile beetroot is being increasingly used by athletes to give them that extra edge over their opponents, hence BeetActive.

Whether cherry, blueberry or beetroot, all the juices are 100% pure concentrated goodness helping you to go fitter, faster and further.

Grains galore (especially good news for couscous lovers)

I luuuurve couscous!

(Apologies for the over-enthusiasm.)

But it’s so quick to make, it’s low in fat and you can flavour them with pesto, saffron, garlic, anything.

Artisan Grains couscous
You’ll be excited if you love couscous as much as I do…

So I’m delighted to learn that Artisan Grains are offering a Pearl Couscous (slightly larger rounder grains often treated as a delicacy), and a Tri-Colour Couscous made up of golden couscous, tomato infused couscous and spinach infused couscous.

But Artisan Grains’ passion for natural grains doesn’t stop there. They also supply Royal Quinoa (again, larger than your average quinoa grain) and GoodnessDirect are soon to take on their Chia Seeds (a high energy and very nutritious grain) and Greenwheat Freekeh (a nuttier tasting toasted grain).

Look out for their variety of Nut Roasts too.

Coeliac Awareness Week: Biona Organic Rice Bread – Review

Today marks the start of Coeliac Awareness Week.

Watch Catriona doing the first review of one of our Top 10 gluten free breads: Biona Organic Rice Bread.

 

Amazing low calorie biscuits and gluten free biscuits from Doves Organic

Doves quinoa and fig biscuits
Amazing new biscuits using quinoa and fig

I’m very excited about some new biscuits from Doves organic.

Why? Because they’re experimenting with quinoa and figs for their biscuits and flapjacks.

The result is Chocolate Chip Cookies at only 47 calories a biscuit (which lower than your average digestive!) … and it’s laced with chocolate and honey.

Did I mention that quinoa is a superfood? ‘Cos it is now for me!

They’ve also created some Figgy Flapjacks with whole pieces of luscious fig.

But their genius has taken the organic bakers one inspired step further. They’ve combined the two to make some amazing gluten-free Fig & Quinoa Cookies which are beautifully baked and taste golden. (No chalky, fake biscuit taste here. No nuts, dairy or any other major allergens either.) Rumour has it more quinoa cookie flavours are around the corner…

 

If you find wheat difficult try sourdough bread

sourdough bread from tortoise bakery

Sourdough bread is different from your average loaf…

The natural process which makes them rise without yeast enhances their flavour, increases their nutrients and makes them more digestible.

In fact trials were suggesting that those with a wheat or gluten intolerance may be able to eat sourdough without any side effects. But analysis suggests the gluten level is still too high to be safe for coeliacs.

(See Research on Non-Dietary Therapies for Coeliac Disease, Coeliac UK, January 2013)

The taste and texture is less bland, more wheaty and chewy. Some say it has a creamy mouth-feel and the crust is always excellent.

As for nutrition, the natural fermenting process means that sourdough bread  actually becomes more nutritious than the grain from which it is made. Protein in increased, as is vitamin B12 and iron.

So step up Tortoise Bakery which will deliver sourdough bread nationally via GoodnessDirect.

I’ve just tried their Pumpkin & Sunflower Seed loaf and, believe me, it’s marvellous.

But there are many more styles of sourdough from Tortoise Bakery, all of them are organic and vegan and made with a commitment to a very ancient art of of bread baking.

Sweet intensity from the UK’s only 100% Ethically Accredited Chocolate Company

seed & bean

Bite into a chunk of Seed & Bean chocolate and enjoy the sweet intensity that follows.

At least that’s what hits you with the Extra Dark Chocolate Mandarin & Ginger bar. I can’t speak for some of the other flavours, Rich Milk Tangerine, Extra Dark and Rich Milk Sicilian Hazelnut & Almond (yet).

However, I’m sure it’s bound to be as exotic and fulfilling as my Mandarin & Ginger experience.

The cute thing is these organic and fairtrade Seed & Bean bars now come in small bar sizes of 32g each.

And, if you believe small is beautiful, then you’ll love knowing that Seed & Bean also ‘grow’ their wrappers, making them from eucalyptus trees in Cumbria, so they are compostable and biodegradable.

In fact Seed & Bean are the UK’s only 100% Accredited Chocolate Company.