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.

 

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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…

 

Vegan hot chocolate flakes from Plamil

Now this is good news!

Plamil, makers of dairy free chocolate, have an exciting new product!

(And I’m not talking about their new sugar free strawberry and banana flavour chocolates!)

They’ve only gone and brought out these gorgeous packs of vegan hot chocolate – and they’ve done it in style…

plamil hot chocolate
Rich and smooth, vegan hot chocolate

Add 6-8 teaspoons of chocolate flakes to some simmering soya milk and you have a luxurious non milk cup of cocoa.

Plamil’s dairy free hot chocolate flakes are exceptional, and not just because of their decadent taste. They’re at least 70% organic cocoa so they taste rich and smooth, but they can also come sweetened with xylitol, which means no added sugar.

The flakes are currently available from GoodnessDirect in four different varieties (all gluten free): organic chocolate, organic mint chocolate, organic chocolate with orange and sugar free chocolate flakes.

Could Horcheta be the ultimate free from drink?

I was surprised to see Plamil selling a drink at all,  until I realised what it was…

tigernut horcheta
This milk alternative is rich in vitamins and minerals

Plamil are a free-from company who specialise in vegan chocolate.

And the drink, organic Horchata, fits the bill (almost) entirely. It’s a dairy-free milk alternative which has been popular for centuries in Spain, plus it’s lauded for its health benefits as it is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Made from tigernuts (a vegetable, no nuts included) the drink has a sweet creamy taste and looks like a glass of golden Jersey milk.

The bottle seems expensive for its size until you realise you can dilute it to make five times as much. But the main thing is it’s delicious and those looking for a gluten free, possibly soya-free and rice free, alternative to milk may well find they hit the jackpot with this.

Horchata already has a bit of a following, so they know what they’re doing these Plamil guys. All that remains is for you to try it out yourself.

Cola flavoured raisins – that’ll be Nakd

I just made a connection.

Earlier this week I was writing about Trek’s new protein flapjacks.

What I didn’t realise is that the same guys who make these are the ones behind the Nakd brand! (For some reason I thought Trek were American -sorry!)

Nakd bars are enormously popular among the health conscious, with their varied range of flavours such as mocha, ginger bread and apple pie, they have a soft, chewy texture that will fill you up till your next meal.

nakd raisins
Kids love these!

Using only raw ingredients made from a mixture of fruit and various nuts, Nakd bars also have no added sugar or syrup, and the bars are vegan, dairy free and gluten free.

But it doesn’t stop there, Nakd also make fruit flavour infused raisins. There’s lime, pineapple, orange, lemon, cherry and erm, cola!

And believe me, they’re tasty enough to make even the toughest raisin-phobe change their mind.

Trek’s protein flapjacks – for when ordinary flapjacks won’t do

Some people rave about flapjacks. Not me.

Trek protein flapjacks
Extra protein for top performance

Yes, they’re delicious, but for all the talk about helping you feel fuller for longer, I’ve found they only increase my sense of hunger.

So, I’m really interested in these new Trek Protein Flapjacks. Not only do they have the slow release energy of oats, they also combine the fulsome brilliance of soya protein pieces, adding a satisfying crunch to that normally gooey flapjack experience.

Maybe it’s just me, but I find that protein always leaves me feeling more satisfied.

With 11-12g of protein per bar, these flapjacks are made with a mix of fruits, oats and nuts, plus soya protein, to keep you going. (So, yes, they’re vegan and gluten free too.) And, of course, you can eat them wherever you like: for breakfast, between meals or out on a hike.

I would suggest you sample the Oat Raisin, but I already did, so why not go for a fruity Morning Berry or the chocolate topped Cocoa Coconut? There’s six flavours to try in total:

Here are the winners of the 2013 Free From Food Awards

This is great news! The awards have been announced for the latest  Free From Food Awards.

Congratulations to Bessant & Drury ice creams for winning the best free from food with their Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert.

You are about to review the complete list of the very best in free from foods in the UK (and so many of them are sold at GoodnessDirect!) Many foods here will be gluten, wheat or dairy (cow’s milk) free – and possibly all three, or they may be absent of eggs, nuts and other major allergens.

See the Free From Food Awards website for more info.

FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2013
Winner:
 Bessant & Drury – Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert.
Runner up: Christine’s Puddings – Frangipane Tart
Runner up: The Indian Coeliac – Paratha
Runner up: Lifestyle Catering – Catalan Pork

1. The Innovation Award – sponsored by Warburtons
Winner: Dell’Ugo – Chickpea Fusilli
Highly Commended: Lactofree – Spreadable
Highly Commended: La Zaragozana – Ambar Green (apta para celiàcos) 0.0% (non-alcoholic)
Commended: Good Wine Online – So Lo SO2 2009 Navitas
Commended: Tesco – Free From Crème Caramel

2. Plant ‘milk’, spread, cheese & desserts – sponsored by Sainsbury’s
Coconut oil and Milks:
Winner: Bessant & Drury – Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert
Highly Commended: Koko Dairy Free – Original+Calcium (formerly Kara Dairy Free)
Highly Commended: Lucy Bee – Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil
Highly Commended: Provamel – Orange & Redbush Yogurt Alternative
Highly Commended: Pudology – Banoffee Pud
Highly Commended: Vivesoy – Cappuccino/Soy Milk
Commended: Clearspring – Sweet Grains Dessert Amazake
Commended: Provamel – Rice-Coconut Drink

3. Free From Breakfast Cereals – sponsored by GoodnessDirect
Winner: Doves Farm – Fibre Flakes
Winner: Hale & Hearty – Choco Jungle Cereal
Commended: Doves Farm – Cereal Flakes
Commended: Perkier – Ginger and Raisin Porridge
Commended: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Cornflakes

4. Breads and bread mixes – sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Soft Brown Seeded Bread
Winner: The Indian Coeliac – Paratha
Highly Commended: Mum’s Mill – Quick bread Mix/Bread Flour Mix
Highly Commended: Waitrose – LOVE Life GF Seeded Sliced Loaf
Highly Commended: Newburn Bakehouse – Fruit Loaf
Highly Commended: Newburn Bakehouse – Gluten Free Brown Bread Loaf
Highly Commended: Yes You Can! – Seeded Brown Bread Roll
Commended: Biona – Organic Rye Bread with Chia Flax
Commended: Fria – Gluten Free Vallmofralla Poppy Seed Roll
Commended: Yes You Can! – Fresh White Bread

5. Grocery ambient/store cupboard – sponsored by Tesco

– pasta
Winner: Riso Gallo – 3 cereali Spaghe tti
Winner: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Elbows
Highly Commended: Cornito – Sea Waves Pasta
Highly Commended: Eat Water – Slim Noodles
Highly Commended: Riso Gallo – 3 cereali Fusilli
Commended: Le Veneziane – GF Tagliatelle
Commended: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli

 sauces, pizza bases, flour stock etc
Winner: Hale & Hearty – GF Breadcrumbs
Winner: Sanchi – Tamari Soy Sauce
Highly Commended: DS-gluten free – Yorkshire Puddings
Highly Commended: Mortimer Chocolate Company – White Couverture Powder
Highly Commended: Orgran – Buckwheat Pancake Mix
Highly Commended: Orgran – No Egg Natural Egg Replacer
Highly Commended: Saladworx – Hebridean Seaweed & Lemon Dressing, Marinade & Drizzle
Highly Commended: Sukrin – Gold
Highly Commended: Womersley – Raspberry Vinegar
Commended: Innovative Solutions – GF Multi-purpose Flour
Commended: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Tikka Sauce
Commended: Sanchi – Instant Miso Soup
Commended: Tesco – Free From Pizza Bases

6. Free from foods manufactured for food service – sponsored by Livwell

– Savoury
Winner: Hotch Potch Eggs – Savoury Scotch Eggs
Winner:
Pizza Hut – GF Pizza
Highly Commended:
Proceli – Burger Baps
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice GF Fish Cake

Sweet
Winner: Glamourpuds – Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: Almondy – Tårta with DAIM
Highly Commended: Glamourpuds – Banoffee Sponge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: We Love Cake – Apricot Macaroon Slice
Commended: Glamourpuds – Raspberry Jam Sponge Pudding Pot

7. Ready Meals – sponsored by Food Heaven

pizzas, pies & pasties
Winner: Freedom Deli – Ham & Cheese Panini
Commended: Mamma Cucina – Vegetable Pizza

one pot meals – to include ‘world food’
Winner: Lifestyle Catering – Catalan Pork
Highly Commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Mexican Tortilla Bake
Highly Commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Mushroom Risotto Bowl
Highly Commended: Lifestyle Catering – Boeuf Bourguignon
Highly Commended: Tideford Organics – Organic Beetroot Soup with Crème Fraiche & Dill
Commended: Afia’s – Spicy Beef Samosa
Commended: Dee’s – Quinoa Pots with Thai Spiced Vegetables and little lentils
Commended: Tesco – Free From Three Cheese Pasta Bake

meat meal centres (sausages, meat balls, burgers etc):
Winner: Pig & Co – Lucanian Roman Sausage
Highly Commended:
Pig & Co – Hey Pesto!
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Highly Commended: Sainsbury’s – Taste the Difference Pork & Bramley Apple Sausages (Gluten Free)

8. Raw foods and superfoods – sponsored by Delamere Dairy
Winner: Orgran – Multigrain Crispbread with Quinoa
Highly Commended: Raw Health – Raw Sauerkraut
Commended: Raw Ecstasy – Activated Walnuts – Raw Chocolate

9.  Children’s food – sponsored by Asda
Winner: Bessant & Drury – Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Chocolate
Winner: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fantasia
Highly Commended: Bessant & Drury – Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Strawberry
Highly Commended: Doves Farm – Chocolate Stars Organic and Gluten Free
Highly Commended: Glamourpuds – Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: Pulsin’ – Beond Organic Açai Berry Bar
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Highly Commended: Tesco – Free From Chocolate Dessert Shakes
Commended: Eskal – Ice Cream Party Tubs
Commended: It’s Only Natural – Moshi Monster Poppet Raspberry Ice Lolly
Commended: Nim’s Fruit Crisps – Apple Crisps

10. Savoury biscuits and snacks – sponsored by the Food & Drink Innovation Network
Winner: Conscious Foods – Finger Millet Dippers
Highly Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Chestnut Crispbread
Commendedb Cornito – Crackers Pikant
Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Buckwheat Crispbread
Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Quinoa Crispbread
Commended: The FreeFrom Bakehouse – Jalapeño Pepper & Sweetcorn Muffins
Commended: The Indian Coeliac – Vegetable Samosa

11. Scones, sweet tarts, Bakewells, sweet biscuits and cookies – sponsored by Yes! You Can
Winner: Christine’s Puddings – Frangipane Tart
Highly Commended: The FreeFrom Bakehouse – Chocolate Macaroons
Highly Commended: Lovemore – O’Chocos
Highly Commended: Perkier – Popping Tiffin
Commended: Lazy Day Foods – Ginger Truffle Slice
Commended: Lazy Day Foods – Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road
Commended: Lovemore – Chocolate Chip Cookies
Commended: Peace of Cake – Raspberry Abricotines

11. Cakes, cake mixes and cupcakes – sponsored by Mrs Crimbles
Winner: Waitrose – LOVE Life GF Millionaire Blondies
Highly Commended: Heavenly Cakes – Eton Mess
Highly Commended: Melsie Jane Bakes – Victoria Sandwich
Highly Commended: Sweetcheeks – Pistachio & Lemon Zest Loaf
Commended: Cakes Divine – Carrot Cupcakes
Commended: Mummy’s Yummys – Indulgent Chocolate Brownies
Commended: Rebel Bakery’s – GF Big Apple Pie
Commended: Silver Box Bakery – Brownies
Commended: Warburtons – Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins

12. Chocolate and snack bars – sponsored by Amy’s Kitchen
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Mint Crisps
Highly Commended: BoojaBooja – Around Midnight Espresso Chocolate Truffles
Highly Commended: Winning Ways Fine Foods Ltd – Dairy Free Chocovered Raisins
Commended: Kinnerton – Luxury Dark Chocolate

13. Christmas foods – sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Winner: Hale & Hearty – Luxury Mince Pies
Highly Commended: Tesco – Free From Christmas Cake
Commended:
Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Iced Rich Fruit Slice
Commended: The Foodamentalists – Toasted Top Mince Pies
Commended: The Heavenly Cake Company – Jamaican Rum Cake
Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – Christmas Mulled Wine Chocolates

14. Gluten-free beer – sponsored by Orgran

– non-barley beer
Winner: Green’s – Lager Dry Hopped
Highly Commended: Green’s – IPA
Highly Commended: Oak & Barrel – Schnitzer Bräu Organic German Hirse Premium GF Beer
Highly Commended: St Peter’s Brewery – G-Free
Commended: Oak & Barrel – Schnitzer Bräu Organic Lemon GF Beer

– barley-based beer
Winner: Celia – Premium Czech Lager
Highly Commended: Daas – Blond
Highly Commended: Estrella Damm – Daura
Highly Commended: Wold Top Brewery – Scarborough Fair IPA
Commended: Green’s – Export Lager Lite
Commended: Daas – Ambré
Commended: Hop Back Brewery – Crop Circle
Commended: La Zaragozana – Ambar Gluten Free

15. Products manufactured in a nut free environment – sponsored by RSSL
Winner: Eskal – FreeNut Butter
Highly Commended: D&D – Mixed Chocolate Fondants
Highly Commended: Doves Farm – Lemon Zest Cookies
Highly Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – Mint Delight
Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – After Dinner Orange Crisps