Fancy a bit of luxury on toast?
The Fruit Tree offer you a choice…
Pots of pure crushed fruit or wonderful jars of nut-honey (think chocolate hazelnut spread but using honey instead of chocolate).
Fruit crush – sweet enough without sugar
So delicious, they’d be great in a Christmas hamper.
The Fruit Tree’s organic fruit crush pots are filled with the finest fruit and nothing else, so they’re rich in vitamin C and count towards your 5-a-day. There are so many flavours to choose from including mango, kiwi and blueberry.
Made in Italy by an agricultural co-operative, the fruit crush tastes, unsurprisingly, of pure fruit. And the flavour is far superior to jam because there’s no added sugar or anything else. you can enjoy every sweet dollop of fruit on your yoghurt or dessert with complete satisfaction.
Think chocolate spread but it’s creamy honey instead
As for the nut-honey it has to be tasted to be believed. It has that same spreadable texture and is deliciously creamy but there’s no chocolate and none of the long list of artificial ingredients that come with it.
In fact there’s just two ingredients: premium grade Acacia honey from the Italian Alps and Piedmontese hazelnuts or Sicilian almonds – depending on whether you prefer lighter almonds or a darker hazelnut flavour.
Oh, and they all count as dairy free, gluten free, raw foods. All you have to do is choose your topping or fill your larder with every Fruit Tree jar.
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I’m so glad that hummus crisps have proved so popular.
“Hummus what…” you say?
Hummus crisps. We’re so used to thinking crisps have to be made from potatoes, we never imagine they can be made from anything else.
Wonderfully light ethnic crisps
But hummus crisps are fantastic and people seem to love them. Not surprising considering their savoury, creamy taste and that they have 30% less fat than your average crisp, and they’re gluten free and vegan.
But now, Cofresh, the same snack lovers who brought us hummus crisps, are also making quinoa crisps and lentil crisps.
Quinoa, of course, is a superfood with nutritional benefits, so that can’t be bad in crisps. Lentil crisps are also beneficial a lower than usual fat content. And, as with all Cofresh crisps, there’s no artificial colours or preservatives in any of them.
The flavours are fabulous too, with tastes like Creamy Dill, Lemon Chilli, Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Garlic or Chilli & Lime.
Hummus crisps, lentil crisps… what will Cofresh think of next?
Posted in Coeliac (Gluten-Free), Dairy-Free, Uncategorized, Vegan
Tagged Crisps, Gluten-free, humas, hummus, humus, lentil, low fat, Quinoa, Vegan, Vegetarian
Good Italian food made easy
My wife is currently banned from the kitchen while she nurses a broken leg back to health.
Suddenly I’ve found myself back at the stove full time – having to make all my favourite family meals (with a big bias towards Italian food.)
But, I have to admit, nursing my beloved back to health feels like a full time job in itself. – So I’m really thankful for Organico’s pasta sauces and condiments (not to mention their pastas and risottos) which have allowed me to cook lovely meals without the stress.
Organico, of course, are all about organic quality and care which, in turn, means great flavour; but there’s an extensive range of flavours too. The latest innovations include Tuscan Olives & Capers Sauce, Grilled Aubergines in Olive Oil, Kickin’ Garlic and a Raw Vegan Pesto.
Certainly enough variety for me to serve us Italian food several times a week without getting bored. As if a lover of Italian cuisine ever could be!
For more and more organic Italian dishes (the grissini, olives, balsamic vinegar, polenta, sun dried tomatoes and more) check out the GoodnessDirect Organico shelf.
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Tagged Aubergines, balsamic vinegar, capers, grissini, italian, olives, Organic, pasta, pasta Sauce, pesto, polenta, ristotto, sun dried tomatoes
Taste & Goodness gone cute
Berries. They’re not only healthy, they’re cute right?
Whether blue, purple, red or yellow, they come in all shapes and sizes. Not only that, the flavour of their juices is something wonderful.
Which is why The Berry Company have had so much success with their 100% pressed, not from concentrate, juice range – all full of the essential antioxidants and nutrients we’ve come to expect from berries.
But berries have just gone one step cuter, by being presented in smaller 330ml cartons.
They still have that right-from-the-grove, fresh-squeezed taste and, as with fresh-squeezed juice, there’s no water, sugar, or preservatives added, only 100% pure premium quality pasteurized juice – It’s just cuter — perfect for the lunch box.
This year has been momentous, if for no other reason than my conversion to yeast extract – the product for which Marmite is famously known.
I was looking for a low calorie spread to keep in line with my diet and yeast extract was the only suitable thing in the cupboard.
Low salt Yeast Extract
I have to admit I liked it.
Now I’m learning that the flavour and process of making yeast extract can vary from brand to brand.
Essential Yeast Extract is a fantastic example that is heavily reduced in salt. Some say it has an almost exclusive, mildly subtle, savoury flavour.
It is naturally produced by the yeast enzymes working on molasses rather than as a brewer’s by-product made with common salt. It is also gluten free as it is processed from roots instead of grain and has no added MSG in it either.
Of course, yeast extract gives us lots of health benefits as a rich source of B vitamins, which are important for digestion, immunity and red blood cell production within bone marrow.
If you can make the switch it’s a pretty healthy choice.
I made soup for the first time this year.
Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking but I’d never made soup before.
Pushed on by the cold weather I dutifully chopped up my carrots and leeks with potatoes, boiled them and ended up with a gorgeous soup that lasted me days.
Homemade soup to whisk you away
Nonetheless, my experience has taught me it takes a fair degree of skill to make a good soup, especially if you’re a company and insist on only using ingredients you find at home.
Amy’s Kitchen have made a great range of organic soups according to that rule and, lately, have drawn influence from various European cuisines. For example there’s their French Country Vegetable Soup with courgettes, peppers and mushrooms, or the Rustic Italian Vegetable Soup with chick peas, brown rice and mushrooms, and a Spanish Rice & Red Bean Soup.
A great idea if you don’t have those opportunities to do a homemade soup and you’re dreaming of travelling abroad.
Bring on the cold weather!
What did we do before chocolate?
Well, there was sugared almonds and marzipan. We also had sugarplums, gingerbread, toffee and licorice.
One classic sweet seems to have lasted through the centuries and it’s basically a cake of roasted almonds and honey. The Spanish call it Turrón and the big advantage is that it is naturally dairy and gluten free. It is also low in cholesterol and, as such, offers a healthier sweet alternative.
Turrón from the artisan family business, Coloma Garcia
Coloma Garcia make an award winning turrón which makes an ideal Christmas treat. Their recipe involves orange honey blossom for a sweeter more sublime taste and softer bite.
There are more varieties to come too: with crunchy and glazed versions.