Sunday, 13 March 2016

Eggs are perfect. Especially the Crackin Eggs!

Yes, eggs are the perfect food.

And here's why!:-

½ Dozen Crackin’ Egg Facts
1. Eggs are a superfood and are rich in vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, D, B12, B2 (Riboflavin), Folate, Biotin, Pantothenic acid, Phosphorous, Iodine and Selenium

2. Contrary to popular belief, eggs contain HDL cholesterol which is good for you and actually removes excess cholesterol from the rest of the body and transports it back to the liver

3. Eggs have a low energy density so make you feel fuller for longer and are very good for energy levels, metabolism and concentration

4. 12.6% of the edible portion of an egg is protein which is one of the highest you can get and is used as a reference standard against which all other foods are assessed

5. Egg protein is a rich source of the essential amino acid leucine, which is important in modulating the use of glucose by skeletal muscle and in facilitating muscle recovery after exercise

6. Eggs are good for your bones, muscles, liver, eye sight, thyroid gland, immune system, red blood cell formation, nervous system function, hair, skin and nails

So what exactly are "Crackin Eggs?"

 The eggs are free-range hard-boiled eggs which come in twin packs with special seasoning sachets (salt & black pepper, sweet chilli or sour cream & chive).

They are also particularly handy as the eggs last up to 4 weeks outside of the fridge due to their special coloured wax coating – which is also a fun addition to any picnic hamper!

The eggs are really affordable - a twin-pack with seasoning costs just £1.59 at Ocado.

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Want pulled pork? Then turn to Santa Maria

It has been said that patience was the secret ingredient for perfect pulled meat.

Well, that's not necessarily the case, because now Santa Maria’s Pulled Pork Dinner Kit and Pulled Chicken Dinner Kit create tender and fully-flavoured delicious  meat in just 90 minutes. And now there's no need for overnight marinating or lengthy slow-cooking.

Santa Maria’s Taste Developers, who are renowned experts in world flavours, have taken inspiration from the highly popular US trend for sweet, smoky and sticky meats and have crafted a meal kit with all the essential ingredients for this US street food sensation. So we now no longer have to take a flight over to the USA to taste this truly awesome speciality dish.

Both kits, the Santa Maria Pulled Pork Dinner Kit and Santa Maria Pulled Chicken Dinner Kit, come complete with a special seasoning mix sachet created (it's a different but equally special blend for pork or chicken, a special oven proof cookery bag for the infusion of all of the flavours, a sachet of barbecue sauce, a sachet of red onion seasoning and a pack of eight mini flour tortillas, too!

You need only five minutes of preparation time to season a pork joint like a shoulder cut or a whole chicken.

Put your selected piece of meat inside the special cooking bag and 90 minutes later the meat will be juicy and jam packed full of authentic barbecue flavours.

But not only that, the meat will be so tender it will be easily shredded with a fork.

Pile taco shells or seeded brioche buns with pulled meat and serve with homemade red onion slaw, fries (or chips!) and grilled corn on the cob.

Or for an extra special treat, use the kit’s mini tortillas to make Mexican canapés for dinner party entertaining or just because you want to!

Are you a seasoned grill-pro looking to bring the BBQ indoors for a winter treat? Or perhaps you are a novice chef with a real jones for some American-style cooking, Santa Maria Pulled Pork Dinner Kit and Santa Maria Pulled Chicken Dinner Kit guarantee the flavours of the U.S.A., but free of any fuss.

Santa Maria Pulled Pork Dinner Kit and Santa Maria Pulled Chicken Dinner Kit should be available from Morrisons at a price of £3.99.

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Hari Ghotra’s Curry Kits for authentic cooking by you

You can spice up your life and the lives of your loved ones with a Hari Ghotra’s Curry Kit.

You can find these on sale at for what Hari describes as: "a 'bargainous' £3.50!"

These tantalising and tasty kits make it easier to cook authentic Indian food providing exact quantities of the handpicked spices from the expert herself.

Each kit includes special individually numbered bags for every stage of cooking and easy to follow instructions. In addition, the kits include a video link to cook along with Hari.

Experience exciting spices, unique ingredients and different cooking styles by selecting from curry classics such as Korma, Tikka Masala and Biryani. Or lesser known dishes from the creamy yet spicy Makhani and the South Indian Xacuti, which incorporates coconut and Kashmiri chillies.

(EDITOR: You get the joy of knowing that you have cooked a delicious and authentic meal yourself, under the expert guidance of top chef Hari Ghotra.)


Hari Ghotra’s Curry Kits £3.50

Hari Ghotra’s Curry Kit set of six £18.00

Hari Ghotra’s Curry Kit set of twelve £36.00

Hari Ghotra’s Spice Tin – Six Spices £25.00

Hari specialises in North Indian cuisine with the aim to simplify recipes without losing authenticity. As well her upcoming appointment as Chef of Tamarind's new restaurant, Tamarind Kitchen, she is a regular contributor to Great British Chefs

Check out Hari’s new and improved website to find recipes, videos and the online shop to purchase curry kits.

Please check out see the summer recipe links below:

Asparagus with Indian Spices (Asparagus season is April-June)
Kedgeree (Spicy Smoked Fish Rice)
Lamb Burgers
Chicken Tikka Skewers
Tandoori prawns Skewers

Almondy cakes. They tate so good, who knew they were gluten free?

Yes it is perfectly true. One of the best exports from Sweden has to be the Almondy Cake.

But did you know that they are gluten free?

Well, they most certainly are! Almondy Cakes are gluten free Swedish cakes.

They come in two utterly decadent and utterly delicious flavours, Toblerone topped and Daim topped.

Almondy cakes are baked in the company’s bakery which is just  outside Gothenburg, Sweden.

The trademark almond bases are made to an original Swedish recipe that dates back from the 1890s.

You'll locate them in the freezer aisle of many of the UK's major supermarkets.

They offer a simple, yet very effective solution to your dessert needs.

They are great as an after dinner desert, but equally good as an afternoon treat with a pot of tea or coffee.

You can serve them plain or why not try serving them with fresh cream or some whipped Greek Yoghurt or ice cream? Perhaps topped off with some fresh berries? Perfection every time!

The Almondy Daim combines the irresistible signature almond base with a golden cream and crunchy almond caramel, deliciously coated with smooth milk chocolate.

Almondy Toblerone combines the almond base with rich chocolate cream and smooth milk chocolate.  On top is a generous layer of Toblerone pieces all covered with smooth milk chocolate.

A 400g cakes costs around £3.00 from Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Budgens.

They defrost in under 30 minutes so are great in a desert emergency!

If you are unsure which type to buy, buy both for a mere £6.00! Who knows? You might be able to keep one in the freezer, or will you get both out at once and really impress your guests?


TrueStart Coffee

 What is TrueStart Coffee?

It's probably one of the only genuine innovations in the world of instant coffee in several years. Because it is not sold as a simple coffee.

It's recently been launched and is the world’s only 100% natural caffeine controlled coffee.

It's designed for you to take half an hour before you work out and the results are said to be "really good."

So, what is it for?

TrueStart Coffee, is the world’s only 100% natural caffeine controlled coffee, ensuring that drinkers can optimise their physical and mental performance.

The caffeine content of your normal cup or mug of coffee can vary wildly from 10mg to 250mg but TrueStart offers the world’s only caffeine balanced drink which guarantees 95mg of caffeine per 2g serving.

TrueStart allows people to take caffeine control into their own hands, meaning that you know exactly what’s being put into your body.

TrueStart is a completely natural product made 100% from the finest Columbian Arabica beans, ensuring it’s free from synthetics and sugars. This has the benefit of providing sustained energy release and premium taste, too. (EDITOR: It does taste good, but then it is made from top quality Columbian Arabica coffee beans!)

It retails for £6.99 for a 40 scoop pack (and you must keep in mind the fact that it costs 20 times less per serving than other energy supplements) and is now available in Tescos, Nutri Centres, Holland and Barrett (from 23 March), and at or at

Easter and Summer cocktails at a fraction of the usual price with the magic of Aldi

You will be able to prepare some pretty mean cocktails this year for your Easter and Summer parties and barbecues when you nip down to Aldi and source your requirements from their stupendous range of spirit drinks, wines, fruit juices and the like.

Want to serve Champagne? Using Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut (£10.99) which is a delicious crisp Champagne embodied with the flavour of baked apples. This is now well within the budget of many people. So long, of course, as they shop in Aldi!

Why not try a delicious Champagne and Amaretto cocktail? Using Aldi's delicious Bellucci Amaretto Liqueur, £ 4.29  a bottle, of course!

1 shot amaretto
2 shots orange juice

Or if you wish you could use the very special  floral Belletti Prosecco, instead. That's about £8.00 a bottle.

Or there's the tasty Dry London Gin. You can serve it with a bottle of tonic water some ice cubes an gash of lime juice (stir well!) and a wedge of lime as the garnish. You can use as much or as little gin as you desire, though 50ml is the suggested amount.

And if you like Irish coffee, you'll love it made with some of Aldi's Ballycastle Irish Country Cream (£3.75 – 70cl). Just add a spoonful of coffee, top up with some hot -not boiling!- water and stir well. You can add a bit of Aldi's fresh cream if you want to make it even more special.

There's a great range of wines at Aldi and you can even buy these buy the case for home delivery. and check out the range and their stunning prices.

WELLY A new name for top quality cooked meat

As we head deeper into 2016 and our purses seem to get even tighter, many of us turn our lunchtime attention to boring salads and listless soups.

WELLY, which is a new British made cooked meat brand, has come to the rescue of families and individual mealtimes across the UK as it has launched a tasty new range of premium sliced meats.

Tired of the boring same old same old lunches? Sick of eating a pointless salad made from what your grandparents would have dismissed as a bowl of old weeds? Like a colleague who ended up with a scratched throat when the sharp stem of some weed, sorry, delicious salad ingredient, stabbed her as she swallowed it down?

But now there is a new, classy act that is hitting select chiller counters around the country, WELLY prepared meats.

They offer a range of cooked hams and chicken slices that are like the meats you remember from years ago, but which are available today.

They taste good, but what is the difference between WELLY and other purveyors of cooked meats?

Could it be the fact that WELLY meats are only ever sourced from select farms that WELLY knows and trusts to supply quality meats?

This means that parents can send their children off to school knowing that their lunch is a proper, balanced meal and that the meat is fully traceable, too.

With many cooked meat brands sadly falling short of the mark when it comes to offering us good quality and affordable product, WELLY is launching to provide British ham and chicken to those who care about where their food comes from.

The hams come in a delicious array of flavours. You'll be tempted to try their delicious honey roast ham, cooked or wafer thin. Or perhaps their truly scrumptious British Roast Chicken is more to your liking?

WELLY meats can be found in Waitrose stores and NISA stores.

Prices are:
Honey Roast Ham, 115g, 9 slices.  RRP £1.19
Cooked Ham, 115g, 9 slices.  RRP £1.19
Wafer Thin Honey Roast Ham, 300g, RRP £2.00
Lean Breaded Ham, 300g, 13 slices. RRP £3.00
Wafer Thin Roast Chicken, 300g, RRP £2.00

(EDITOR: In sandwiches, with sandwich thins, on open rolls or even used as the basis for a new and exciting curry dish invented by my wife (roast chicken curry) WELLY will really give your meals some WELLY!)

BFree can help you lead a healthy and tasty lifestyle

Living a healthier lifestyle is something that is more than ever at the forefront of our minds.

There are lifestyle shows and cookery shows that are now starting to emphasise the need for a more health lifestyle.

That's even more important for those of us who struggle to find "free from" style foods that are not only tasty but that will n ot trigger off food allergies and the like.

At one time you had to search through obscure health food in dingy back streets where you would be shown food that looked and tasted ias if it were made from woodchips and old straw. And get dubious advice. One assistant in a health food shop advised me not to use the recipes that were free to take from the counter because she felt sure they had passed their use by date!

But all that is a thing of the past, thanks to BFree Foods, which is Ireland's leading free from brand, as it offers a delicious and nutritious alternative to baked goods, they are ideal for the coeliac and the health-conscious alike.

A growing number of people are taking the decision to avoid gluten food as part of a more healthy diet.

And BFree is catering for their needs, having managed to develop a variety of flavourful baked goods to delight the gluten-free foodies across the UK and Ireland.

BFreee uses ‘must-have’ health ingredients like quinoa, flaxseeds and poppy seeds in their range of products, BFree’s products are a great choice for anyone in search of healthier alternative breads.

You do not have to come to find BFreee poducts, BFree products are coming to you. Or rather, to a shop near you.

You'll find them in Morrisons stores UK-wide (EDITOR: That's where my wife and I get them!) plus Asda, Sainsbury’s Tesco and Ocado,

BFree’s Fajita Kit, Quinoa & Chia Seed Wraps and Multigrain Wraps are available in Morrisons with a RRP of £3.50 for each of the wraps and £5.00 for the Fajita Kit. (EDITOR: We stuffed ours with some delicious homemade chicken in ginger!)

For more information, recipe ideas please visit or find them on Facebook or Twitter @BFreeFoods. You can buy some BFreeFoods at

MOMA! that's some real porridge!

MOMA, that's Making Oats More Awesome, do exactly that. They make oats (much) more awesome!

MOMA has introduced a new totally awesome twist to this tasty breakfast treat, the New Coconut and Chia Porridge Pot.

Although it is deliciously creamy, it's gluten free and dairy free and vegan's can eat it safe in the knowledge that it is a truly vegan friendly porridge. That also tastes good, too.

Unusually for something that is this healthy and good for you it is also freshly prepared by you in a matter of mere moments.

The recipe calls for a blend of jumbo and fine oats, chia seeds and coconut milk powder. But there's one ingredient that you will not find that you will not miss, added sugar!

But it is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, designed to keep you going throughout the day, and whilst it is gluten free, dairy free and vegan friendly, it still has MOMA’s signature creamy taste and chunky texture.

There are three simple stages to the preparation of MOMA Coconut and Chia Porridge Pot.

1) Add hot water
2) Stir
3) Eat!

So, why chia seeds? Why coconut milk?

Chia seeds are full of antioxidants that fight free radicals, give us a well-needed (but vegan friendly!) boost from Omega 3, ideal for healthy heart and nerve function and rich in protein which is important as it helps kick-start your metabolism and staves off hunger cravings after you have eaten.

Coconut milk contains phosphorus which is vital for strengthening bones. It also enjoys a high concentration of fibre which helps keep you feeling fuller for longer.

It's available at £1.30 a pot to buy online from and Ocado from January and in Waitrose stores, now. Or you can purchase the range at

MOMA Porridge is available nationwide in pot and sachet format, in five additional flavours - Plain, Plain - no added sugar, Cranberry and Raisin, Golden Syrup and Super Seeds.

Tom Mercer, Founder of MOMA Foods said, “We want everyone to be able to enjoy delicious MOMA porridge for breakfast but we know more and more people are cutting down on dairy in their diets for allergy and health reasons, and turning to plant-based foods instead. 

"That’s why we've launched MOMA’s new Coconut and Chia Porridge Pot - the slow release energy from the oats, and calcium and omega 3 from the chia seeds, make this a really healthy and satisfying breakfast”.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Belvoir Fruit Farms ‘Light’ the Way to healthy drinking

Since I was diagnosed as having Type 2 Diabetes, I have had to be careful about the amount of sugar that I consume.

So you can imagine how pleased I was when I heard about two new ‘Light’ varieties from Belvoir Fruit Farms; zingy Raspberry Lemonade Light and fragrant and very tasteful Elderflower & Rose Pressé Light, welcome companions to the popular Elderflower Pressé Light and already available on supermarket shelves.

The ‘Light’ range contains 30% less sugar than the original versions of the drinks.

 People still love Belvoir’s classic Cordials and Pressés made using only natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives or sweeteners, but there is a new consumer who wants less sugar.  The ‘Light’ range enables this different audience to enjoy the delights of Belvoir’s gently sparkling Pressés too.

Like all Belvoir’s drinks, the Light Range is hand made at Belvoir using real pressed fruit juices and freshly picked flowers so that despite the reduction in sugar there is no reduction in flavour.

Ther'es the new Raspberry Lemonade Light (75cl):  this mouth-watering tipple still has the zingy taste of real raspberries and lemons but is just a little lighter on calories than the original recipe – a 250ml serving has 55 calories compared to 107 calories.   Serve chilled for a naturally lovely taste of summer all year round – listen carefully and you might hear the distant thwack of leather on willow, or is it just the bubbles bursting in the glass?

And the new Elderflower & Rose Pressé Light (75cl): conjuring up images of thatched cottages and white picket fences, this classic British drink has the same delicately floral taste as the original recipe by virtue of the freshly picked flowers, fresh lemon juice and hint of rose petal extract, but 30 percent less sugar and 28 fewer calories (when compared like for like in a 250ml glass serving).  A lightly refreshing, fragrant drink which is delicious served over ice – close your eyes and you could hear the buzz of summer bumble bees too!

They join Elderflower Pressé Light (75cl):  launched in January 2014 this lighter version of Belvoir’s regular Elderflower Pressé has proved hugely popular in its own right.  It is more delicate in taste than the original Pressé but has the same heady, floral aromas of freshly picked Elderflowers from the Belvoir plantations, tangy citrus from pressed lemon juice and gentle bubbles – just a little lighter on calories.

(EDITOR: In my case my main concern is not os much calories, but the amount of sugar. Which, at 30% less, is certainly a step in the right direction for me to keep my over all sugar intake down.)

Belvoir’s Light Range shows that lower calorie doesn’t have to mean less taste, or style!

All three varieties in the Belvoir Light range are available from Tesco and Ocado for around £2.39 per 75cl bottle.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

James White introduces his unique Organic Ginger Zinger

James White's Organic Ginger Zinger is a really unique ginger drink.

Each 7cl bottle is stuffed full of ginger goodness. 26% crushed ginger juice, 57% apple juice and 17% water and that's it!

It's great for ginger lovers -there's a real ginger kick right there, in each bottle.

It gives you a tasty, gingery, fruity boost, but without the annoying caffeine you find in the vast majority of so-called energy drinks.

It has no artificial preservatives, no artificial colours and no mystery flavourings, so it is guaranteed to be 100% natural.

And better still, it receives the Soil Association certification proving that it is, indeed, fully organic.

It is safe, there's nothing harmful or nasty in it and it's organic.

But what does it taste like?

It has a refreshing taste of apple juice, but there's a pungent and earthy aroma that you only get with real ginger.

But the real bonus is the hot and punchy ginger flavour that wows your senses and really ensures that you are awake and ready for whatever life intends to throw your way!

Or you can take it with you for a boost later on in the day.

You can expect to pay £1.49 for a bottle at Planet Organic or it can be purchased at  this online retailer

For more details please visit

And for an article on the general benefits of ginger in one's diet, please visit