But it’s so quick to make, it’s low in fat and you can flavour them with pesto, saffron, garlic, anything.
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).
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…
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.
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…
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.
I though I’d let you know about this because it’s interesting.
While taking a look at Fry’s new meat free curry pies, I noticed that as well as being approved by the Vegetarian and Vegan Societies they were also Halaal, Pareve and Shudda certified.
We may be familiar with Halaal which is guidance for the treatment of food with regard to Islam and I know a bit about Pareve, the Jewish term for food made without meat or dairy, but Shudda was new for me.
There isn’t much information on it either, it seems to be popular in South Africa and refers to Hindu vegetarian rules. That being the case, it’s not surprising that Fry’s, a totally vegan brand, and particularly their curry pies, should be labelled such.
I’m not sure if the Shudda label will take off, but it’s fascinating to see how different cultures and religions add their perspective to what we regard as everyday food.