Win BBC Good Food Show Summer tickets


Calling all you foodies out there!

The BBC Good Food Show Summer is running from 12–16 June at the NEC in Birmingham.

To celebrate we’re offering 3 pairs of tickets to win to enjoy a day at the Show.

The show is packed full of celebrity chefs including Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, James Martin, John Torode and Gregg Wallace demonstrating live in the Supertheatre.

Plus see your favourite TV programmes brought to life including The Great British Bake Off, MasterChef and Saturday Kitchen.

You can shop till you drop from over 200 food stands, find small and artisan produce when you visit the Producers’ Village and Good Food Champions area,  and your ticket also gets you free entry to BBC Gardeners’ World Live too!

Even if you don’t win you can book tickets and find more information on the BBC Good Food Show Summer at or call 0844 581 1341.

To enter send us an email with ‘BBC Good Food Show’ in the subject line to and we’ll pick a winner on Friday this week (31/5/13, UK addresses only).

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.

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.

Nairn’s Gluten Free Biscuits are here

nairns gluten free biscuits
Perfect for a tasty snack on the go
This is a moment many have been waiting for.

Last year Nairn’s gluten free porridge was getting all the love from the coeliac community.

This year, prepare to rejoice again, as Nairn’s release their gluten free oat biscuits.

Nairn’s are loved because they taste so good. There’s no bad fats or additives in them and they’re suitable for vegans.

You can enjoy their Biscuit Breaks in 2 flavours: Oats & Fruit or Oats & Syrup.

Great feedback from our customers

Thank-you for feedback, compliments (and complaints) we get about our products and our service, it’s always good to be in touch!

Thank you for ruining my diet this week 😉
I suddenly seem to have all these new and delicious vegan foods to taste test.
What shall I try next mmmmmm lol

S Roberts 

I received my order on time. However, the bag of linseeds that I had ordered had burst. Just one of those things! I emailed goodnessdirect and received a very speedy and helpful response. In short, I was very pleased with the overall service irrespective of the slightly damaged goods!

A McTaminey

Fantastic company been using it for ages, never one problem… thankyou for 5yrs fantastic service   

P Hornby

First rate every time, very quick delivery, thanks

T G Hall

First class company will definately use you agan & pass info to friends too.

J McLatchie

Good service every time

J Poole

This company never puts a foot wrong. Delighted.

TJ Knight

My needs are simple: go to website; locate product; purchase quickly; receive product quickly. You have provided this service perfectly each time I have bought from you.  Thank you.

S Brown

Great service and products as always – very happy customer

C Drake    

All perfect as always 🙂

J Bednarz

Excellent and efficient service.  I will be using it regularly from now!

L Miller

Delighted with transaction and the products, will order again v soon and hope daughter and sister will be ordering as well. thanks

J Doherty

I find your site very easy to get around  –  there is such a full listing across the top  (Drinks, Fresh, Grocery etc) and down the side Shelf by Shelf.  It’s very clear what the price will be and it’s easy to order items and be able to check the Basket at any time.

You can always find details about the items so that it is easy to compare products from different suppliers before deciding which to order.  Bottles and jars are always very well packed with bubble wrap to prevent breakages  –  have never had trouble with any of yours but some on-line firms aren’t careful enough and soaked boxes don’t please the courier or the customer!  Delivery times are fantastic – often unbelievably quick and no moans if I ask for the box to be left in the porch.  I have never ordered Freezer or Fridge because I don’t know how well they will travel but I think I will try some next time I order.  All-in-all, I can’t find any fault or make any suggestion for improvement, so 11 out of 10!  Well done!

P J Bailey

I love this company; buy for myself with gf diet and my baby gt niece up in the Highlands who has a dairy allergy.  Always able to find something wonderful.

 A S Platt

Superb service – very prompt dispatch

D R Messem

Fab products, arrived quick and well packaged


I love shopping here – great choice, great service. Thanks!

A Mountford

Excellent  service…………really excellent….thanks.

J Dewar

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.

Give Candida, UTIs or IBS a knock out punch

If you suffer from candida, UTIs or IBS or similar, listen up.

If you’ve never had such illnesses then you’ll want to know this when you do.

Bio-Kult is a vegetarian supplement range developed to boost our immune system through probiotics. So much so that a standard box of Bio-Kult contains 14 different probiotic strains.

That should be helpful if you suffer from travel sickness, diarrhoea, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowels or eczema.

Advanced probiotic supplements

But there’s more…

Candida can be a life-changing illness when the bacteria gets out of hand – and, apparently, one third of us carry it. So, Bio-Kult have also developed a probiotic supplement called Candéa which includes powerful properties from garlic and grapefruit seed extract: these are believed to strengthen the body’s natural defences against the overgrowth of Candida.

A more common illness are Urinary Tract Infections which cause a lot of unpleasant experiences in the nether regions. Bio-Kult Pro-Cyan uses probiotics with with cranberry extract and Vitamin A to help your body to maintain a healthy urinary tract.

It’s also just recently won an award as the Best New Product from 2012 as voted for by CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) Lifestyle Magazine readers.

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

Pycnogenol and the menopause

A recent study has concluded that a relatively low does of Pycnogenol could help reduce menopausal symptoms.

Researchers wanted to see just how effective pycnogenol (  French maritime Pine bark extract) is in reducing symptoms through tests using a double blind, placebo-controlled study.

In the trial 170 perimenopausal women took 30mg of either Pycnogenol or a placebo twice a day over a period of 3 months. Climacteric symptoms were evaluated using a questionnaire and routine blood chemistry and sex hormone tests.

The results showed that the Pycnogenal group showed a significant improvement on almost all symptoms. The Pycnogenol was seen to be most effective for improving vasomotor and insomnia/ sleep problems which showed a significant improvement most notable after between 4-12 weeks.

The researchers stated in conclusion that the study has successfully identified which symptoms of the menopause respond well to taking a supplement of Pycnogenol.

For more info on Pycnogenol try

Recipe: Date Syrup drizzled over olive oil couscous cake

So I was checking out what could be done with Biona Organic date syrup.

(The simple answer is just about anything as date Syrup is pretty similar to maple syrup.)

But then I came across this intriguing recipe. It’s called Olive Oil Couscous Cake and when you get it nice and moist (using the best olive oil), it is, apparently, delicious.

So for those of you who like a challenge, here’s the recipe. Good luck!

1 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup uncooked couscous
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup sweet sherry
6 large egg yolks
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup créme fraîche
1/2 cup date syrup
12 dates thinly sliced

1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Brush a regular cake tin with olive oil. Line bottom of pan with greaseproof paper and brush parchment with olive oil.
2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl; stir in couscous.
3. Blend olive oil and sherry in a bowl.
4. In a mixer mix egg yolks, eggs, and 1 cup sugar on high speed thick; stir in vanilla and orange peel.
5. Fold in the flour mixture and the olive oil mixture into the egg, alternating between the two.
6. Pour the batter into the pan. Tap the mixture to eliminate air bubbles.
7. Bake cake until dark brown for about 45 minutes. Test it is cooked with a knife. Leave to cool for 30 minutes. Then turn cake out onto a plate.
8. Serve in slices with créme fraîche, lots of drizzled date and a sprinkling of dates.