Familiarise yourself with Organico’s speciality rice selection

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Cultivated for your pleasure

I’ve said it before – the folk at Organico foods are impressive.

They always seem to bring quality, authenticity and and a sense of fairness to the table.

You are spoilt for choice with their range of organic Mediterannean foods, and now they’re offering a choice of speciality rice.

For example have you heard of Nerone Rice (or Black Rice)? By legend it is known as ‘Forbidden Rice’, because it was apparently reserved exclusively for the Chinese Emperor and his family (because of its nutritional and aphrodisiac properties!)

The wholegrain rice has a fragrant aroma and texture, best used for seafood or hearty vegetables mixes and casseroles.

Then there’s Essenza Rice. Essenza means ‘essence’ of fragrance. The aroma from the rice can be smelt even as its storks ripen in the field. As a long grain variety it is suitable for general cooking, especially with casseroles, sauces, curries or cold rice salad.

Organico’s Wild Red Rice is characterised by a tender, aromatic flavour which keeps longer after cooking. It is also rich in mineral salts, particularly selenium, antioxidants, iron and proteins and is easily digested – so it has gained a ‘superfood’ or ‘supergrain’ reputation.

Try this wholegrain rice with vegetable mixes, in a pilaf or with spicy and strongly flavoured dishes.

Finally, there’s Carnaroli Rice, the ‘king of risotti’. It’s regarded as the best risotto rice because the grain is compact and absorbs well without losing much of its starch. This means the rice draws in all the flavour of the ingredients and liquids but keeps its texture well.

Risottos are not difficult to make. The main thing to remember is do not boil the rice separately. But to help you Organico have also put together three quick and easy risotto meals using the Carnaroli grain:

Buon appetito!

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If you’re looking for less expensive coconut oil…

It seems like everyone in the health business is getting into coconut oil.

With all the competition you’d expect it to be knocking the price down, but that doesn’t seem to be happening very much.

Refined coconut oil is cheaper than virgin coconut oil, but if you want something the flavour and smell of coconut then it’s better to go for virgin.

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Organic coconut oil

One virgin brand which doesn’t cost the earth is made by Raw Health. As an organic raw food company, they have good credentials in paying attention to the quality of their food, yet the price is lower then anything else I’ve seen so far.

So it’s worth investigating.

Do yourself some good with a Little Miracle

If you want to maximise the antioxidants and energy you get from tea, Little Miracles might be a good place to start.

Little Miracle tea leaves from Sri Lanka, are well known for their high quality tea leaves whether that be black, green or white iced tea – all organic and blended with ginseng and acai.

Little Miracles
Do yourself some good

Once the green tea has undergone both minimal oxidation and further processing it holds a high level of antioxidants. As a result, more of the original plant substances survive in this herb, such as those known as polyphenols. It is then mixed with pomegranate to give you a refreshingly healthy natural lift.

Black tea is a variety of tea that is more oxidized than the green and white varieties, and thus carries a lower level of natural antioxidants whilst having a higher level of natural caffeine. For sweet satisfaction the tea is then blended  with peach in addition to the ginseng and acai.

With the white tea, selected buds are harvested at a far more immature stage. They are then gently processed in order to prevent oxidation or further fermentation, thus retaining the delicate taste and natural benefits of pure white tea and mixing it with cherry.

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.

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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.

 

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.

 

Nutrition? We’re packing it

If you’re on the hunt for nutritious food then try teff flour.

GoodnessDirect priovides not only the brown teff, but it’s organic too.

Teff is nutritious because it provides for fibre than any other grain. It is also full of minerals with 17 times more calcium than wheat or barley.

Goodness Prepacks supply lots of organic ingredients for your kitchen cupboard, from roasted organic buckwheat to whole organic cashew nuts and everything in between such as organic bran flakes or organic black turtle beans.

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…