Product Snapshot: Hansells' All Natural Soup

on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: flavours of the East, Hansells' soup, Product Snapshot, review, soup

Product Snapshot: Hansells' All Natural Soup

Guest post by Kathryn Hawkins (MDiet, APD,AN)

At the end of a long day there’s nothing more comforting than sitting down to a steaming bowl of soup. It really does seem to hit the spot! Hansells Food Group has released its new ‘All Natural Soup’ range with flavours from around the world. Packaged in rustic, wholesome-looking pouches and cups, with a panel across the front stating “100% Natural, no preservatives, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian” it certainly piqued my curiosity! So I decided to check them out for ease of preparation, nutritional profile and, of course, taste!

My 5 best foodie experiences in Corsica

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Foodie Favourites
Tagged: food trends, foodie, French, French diet, fresh, fresh foods, fresh fruit, fresh markets, freshfruit, healthy heart, honey, Mediterranean, Mediterranean diet, travelling, vegetables

My 5 best foodie experiences in Corsica

I spent a few nights in Corsica when travelling on one of Maeve O’Meara’s Gourmet Safari tours in 2014. As you can imagine, it was a great foodie experience heightened by the fact that I’d always hankered to see Corsica, home of the great Napoleon Bonaparte. With its rugged coastline, towering cliffs and dense maquis bush, Corsica proved to be everything wild and wonderful as well as the source of many fine foods and local produce as you’ll see...

My brunch at Ottolenghi’s NOPI Restaurant in Soho, London

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Posted in Foodie Favourites
Tagged: celebrity chefs, eating out, food trends, foodie, Israeli, London, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Ottolenghi, reviews

My brunch at Ottolenghi’s NOPI Restaurant in Soho, London

Tucked away in a side street in Soho is NOPI, one of Ottolenghi’s two restaurants in London (the other is in Islington). Along with his two deli outlets in Notting Hill and Belgravia, the restaurants form a thriving food business based on the delicious things he’s cooked on his TV shows.

September Foodwatch Newsletter - is gluten-free better for you?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 09 September 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: coeliac, Foodwatch Newsletter, gluten, gluten-free, healthy eating, newsletter, September, Subscribe

September Foodwatch Newsletter - is gluten-free better for you?

These days every second person you meet seems to be ordering a 'gluten-free' cookie with their latte or a slice of 'gluten-free' chocolate cake for dessert. Why? They are surely not all suffering from coeliac disease. In the September Foodwatch Newsletter we look at the rise of the 'gluten-free' food industry and tell you what gluten is, what it does and whether or not you need to avoid it.

Product Snapshot – Popcorners Snack food

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 03 September 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: chips, corn, Product Snapshot, review, snack, snack food

Product Snapshot – Popcorners Snack food

Can’t say “No” to a handful of potato crisps? Love the crunch of corn chips? Then you may well like the healthier option of Popcorners. Dubbed as “the new shape of popcorn” and “popped corn chips”, these triangle-shaped, crunchy chips are a lower-fat alternative to the humble potato chip but they’re not without their drawbacks. Here’s how I found them in a taste-test …

Product Snapshot: Sunrice Brown Rice and Barley

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 27 August 2014. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: barley, barleymax, brown rice, healthy eating, Product Snapshot, review, rice

Product Snapshot: Sunrice Brown Rice and Barley

White rice – it’s bland, easy to eat, quick to cook, inexpensive and able to take on the flavours of anything. While it’s a nice counterpoint to other strong flavours, such as curries and spicy fare, white rice is not a nutritionist’s choice having been stripped of its nutrient-rich outer coat during milling. It’s high in refined carbs, high GI with little fibre and B vitamins for its digestion. Brown rice is the way to go …

Award-winning book offer - $10 off until 31st August 2014

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 26 August 2014. Posted in Handy stuff
Tagged: Bruce Chandler Book Prize, Food and Nutrition Companion, Save

Award-winning book offer - $10 off until 31st August 2014

Catherine Saxelby's Complete Food and Nutrition Companion: The Ultimate A - Z Guide, published by Hardie Grant, recently won the Bruce Chandler Prize for best food writing in an area related to nutrition and/or food technology and for the rest of August you can grab your copy at a bargain price using my $10 off coupon.

The Health Star Rating – what is it and what does it mean for you?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 18 August 2014. Posted in Additives & labels

The Health Star Rating – what is it and what does it mean for you?

The Health Star Rating (HSR) system ranks food products on a scale from half to five stars on the front of food packs. Like the energy rating you spot on fridges and washing machines, the more stars the better. Foods with five stars being the best nutritional choice.

It’s meant to help us decide whether or not to buy a packaged food product like a bar, cereal, bread or meal base, but how useful is it really?