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Honey halva – and tons of tahini

Added on April 17th, 2014
Found in Carley's, Seeds, Tinned food

Who first thought of grinding sesame seeds? It must have seemed a thankless task! And yet it has a sublime result: ground sesame seeds make some of the best pastes (tahini), condiments, oils and desserts (halva) you can find. In the West, we still tend to keep our sesame seeds simply for topping ‘burger rolls’ – but we’re missing a trick.

Billions of tiny seeds, packed with nutrition.

As well as all the (literally) billions of sesame seeds that we sell at Naturally Good Food, in packs ranging from 250g to 25kg, and the many products that incorporate sesame seeds (click here to see them), and our great range of condiments and sesame oils (click here to see those), we’ve got two particular sesame products that we’d like to highlight this week.

They’re both based on sesame pastes: halva and tahini. Read the rest of this entry »

A little sleep, a little slumber: food to cure insomnia

Added on April 16th, 2014
Found in Dairy Free, Herb Tea, Japanese Food, Lentil, Nuts, Pukka Teas, Seeds, Soya Milk, Wholefoods

Browsing through the Book of Common Prayer as you do, the other day, I came across the list of the psalms designed to ward off insomnia (there are those who feel that the Book of Common Prayer is in itself the perfect cure for insomnia – insomuch as it promotes a sense of restful tranquillity, I’m with them). Insomuch – a great biblical word.

insomnia cure

Could this help?

Should you not have a copy of the 1662 version to hand, then you may be looking for alternatives to promote a restful night. What kinds of food and drink contain the right sort of chemicals to relax our minds and bodies?

May we suggest the following cures for Insomnia, from our extensive range?

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How do you deal with iron deficiency?

Added on February 24th, 2014
Found in Cereals, Dried Fruit, Fish4ever, Grains, Lentil, Nuts, Pulses, Rice, Seeds, Wholefoods

It’s one of the many ironies of trying to eat well that by concentrating on one area, we can sometimes cause damage in another. For example, the recent trend towards eating less meat, and particularly less red meat, has resulted in some people taking in too little iron in their diets. Iron, which helps to transport oxygen round the body, is an essential mineral for energy and brain function, so it’s vital that it’s not forgotten.

This is particularly true for menstruating women, those who have recently given birth, and small children. While supplements have their place, they’re not suitable for many small children (even a small overdose of iron supplements can be fatal for a child, so always take medical advice before giving them).

Red meat, liver and turkey are renowned sources of iron. But if you’re cutting down on meat, or avoiding it altogether, then have a look at these other fine sources. All are really easy to incorporate into an everyday diet. Read the rest of this entry »

Sesame seeds: not just for Big Macs

Added on October 10th, 2013
Found in Bulk, Carley's, Crazy Jack, Japanese Food, Seeds

According to an Assyrian legend, when the gods met to create the world, they drank wine made from sesame seeds. It didn’t catch on, though.

But sesame seeds in a non-fermented state have spread throughout the world, from the earliest recorded times. The world harvested almost 4 million metric tonnes of sesame seeds in 2010: sometimes, when we have a bit of a spill when packing, it looks as if almost all of these have landed in our packing area!

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(Healthy) life begins at 40

Added on July 6th, 2013
Found in Dairy Free, Fish4ever, Grains, L and G Food News, Nuts, Rice, Seeds, Soya Milk, Wholefoods

‘A woman won’t have the same body she had at 40 as she had at 30’ a journalist solemnly wrote in a newspaper article the other day. Many other columnists nodded their heads wisely. What was needed, they concurred, was for women, once they approached 40, to adopt a fairly constant approach to dieting. No desserts. No alcohol. Not much food of any kind, in fact. An awful lot of exercise.

Why do we start to put on weight as we age? Some of it’s to do with habits that tend to become ingrained, of course – slumping into an armchair with a packet of biscuits when the kids are finally off to bed, or unwinding with a glass of wine as our jobs become more stressful. But, everyone agrees, whereas all these things were perfectly possible in your 20s and 30s as well, and didn’t lead to you putting on any weight, once you get to around 40, the pounds tend to stick a little closer to your body.

The main reason for this is a reduction in muscle mass (which can be counteracted to some degree by exercise), serving to slow your metabolic rate, meaning that fewer calories are burned off and more are stored as fat. So, just at the time in your life when you might be tempted to think of comfort eating as an appealing hobby, you actually find that your body needs a little less.

We’ll leave the exercise to you. How can Naturally Good Food help with the food side of things? Here are five ideas: Read the rest of this entry »

Feeling a bit seedy?

Added on December 20th, 2012
Found in Bulk purchase, Seeds, Wholefoods

Do you incorporate any seeds into your daily diet? Or, like many people, are the seeds you eat limited to sesame seeds on the top of a burger bun – or the odd few included in a cereal bar? It’s a shame if that’s the case, because eating seeds is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a real difference to your daily diet. And it’s not expensive either.

Seeds are a great source of iron, magnesium and zinc. They are high in polyunsaturated fats, and as they’re also stuffed with calories, make a great ‘energy food’ – keeping you going in a healthy way, without needing to resort to a sugary snack. For vegetarians wanting to boost their protein levels, try pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds. Pumpkin are also good for omega 6 and 3 fatty acids, and zinc. Sesame seeds meanwhile, score highly for calcium, and sunflower seeds are fantastic for vitamin E.

You’re probably not going to eat a plain handful of them, though. You need to think about your usual daily diet, and how you could include seeds in it easily. How about:

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Gluten-free fig and almond bar

Added on August 23rd, 2011
Found in Dried Fruit recipes, Nut recipes, Seed - recipes

This is a really easy recipe that packs goodness in every mouthful. The figs make it naturally sweet, while the almonds add some crunch. Just don’t eat too many – there are lots of calories in these bars!

Ingredients

(Note: you could try substituting organic dates for the figs if you wished.)

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Sesame Tofu Stir-fry

Added on February 2nd, 2011
Found in Crazy Jack Recipes, Japanase Food recipes, Japanese, Recipes, Seed - recipes

Ingredients:

  • 75g Crazy Jack Sesame Seeds or other Organic Sesame Seeds
  • 3 spring onions chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper deseeded and sliced
  • 1 red pepper deseeded and sliced
  • 2 courgettes cut into sticks
  • 4 asparagus spears, trimmed if out of season try french beans
  • 250g Tofu, cubed - you could try aged Tofu which has a great taste.
  • 2 large mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce or Tamari for a gluten free alternative
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil for that extra flavour try toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp medium Sherry
  • salt & pepper.

Method:

1.Fry the sesame seeds in a dry wok until toasted, and set aside.
2.Place 1 tbsp of sesame oil in the wok and, when hot, stir fry the tofu until evenly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
3.Add remaining sesame oil and fry the vegetables for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
4.Add the sesame seeds and tofu and heat through. Pour in the Soy Sauce and Sherry, add seasoning and serve immediately.

Serve with Udon Noodles or Noodles of your choice

Festive Party Dips

Added on November 28th, 2010
Found in Lentil Recipes, Pulses recipes, Seed - recipes

Looking through an old Wholefood cook book from the 1970’s I came across these interesting recipes for dips and spreads that make good party food for Christmas. The first is for a:

Lentil Spread

Cook the lentils until very soft then liquidise the lentils, tomato puree, gomasio, chopped onions, coriander and cumin together. Add Tahini and mix well.

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