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Nairn's Natural Wheat Free Oatcakes and Oat Biscuits
Nairn’s is a Scottish brand that started in 1896 and makes delicious, nourishing Oatcakes and Oat Biscuits. Nairn’s make natural, wholesome products that taste great and use wholegrain oats grown by Scottish Border Farmers, where the climate slowly ripens the grains to perfection. Oatcakes can be traced to the fourteenth century where the Chieftain and his clan would make oat cakes over the campfire.
Nairn’s now have a range of wheat free Oatcakes and Oat Biscuits available at supermarkets nationwide throughout New Zealand. Nairn’s products are also free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. The range includes: Nairn’s Organic Oatcakes, Scottish Oatcakes, Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Biscuits, Mixed Berry Oat Biscuits and Stem Ginger Oat Biscuits.
Many Scottish and English expats are very familiar with the famous Nairn’s name. In the last couple of year’s health conscious Kiwis and keen foodies have discovered the culinary and nutritional benefits of Oatcakes and now they are often seen in New Zealand homes served on lunch platters and cheese boards or the Oat Biscuits enjoyed with tea and coffee.
Nairn’s Oatcakes are packed with low GI wholegrain oats, so are a wholesome, natural way to get sustained energy. Oats are high in soluble fibre to help keep you feeling fuller for longer, releasing energy slowly throughout the day. Oats are great for digestion too, and are often recommended by informed dietitians for healthy weight management.
Enjoy Nairn’s Oatcakes with pre-dinner drinks or after dinner with cheeses, serve alongside a hearty winter soup or stew, or garnish with your favourite toppings such as cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion and capers.
Nairn’s Oat Biscuits are full of natural flavour and contain no wheat, artificial colours or flavours, and contain 40% less sugar than the average biscuit.
Both Nairn’s Oatcakes & Nairn’s Oat Biscuits are cellophane wrapped in a pack of five or six and are great as a pick me up after gym, after sport, pop them in your bag to keep at work to get you through the afternoon.
Nairn’s Oatcakes and Oat Biscuits are available nationwide from supermarkets, for more information and recipe ideas visit www.nairns-oatcakes.com.
Recommended retail price is around $4.70, depending on pack size.
TopShelf, local makers of mouth-watering batch-made aioli, dips, pesto and tapenades, have introduced punchy new flavours and packaging to its range. As of June 2, TopShelf and other small NZ artisan producers have been carefully selected to range in the deli section of the highly-publicised new Countdown store on Williamson Ave, Ponsonby.
TopShelf was established in 2004 by father-son duo Malcolm and Jesse Watson who run a small North Shore-based team of genuine foodies and taste chasers.
Starting out from the weekend marketplace, TopShelf were dipping into the best artisan food retailers soon after. A humble family business since its beginnings, TopShelf has been a proud supplier to My Food Bag since it started in March 2013, helping Kiwis to create magic in their own kitchens.
All TopShelf products are a combination of carefully chosen ingredients, artful packaging mixed with attitude, and vibrant, zingy and fresh flavours. The full range of twenty includes Aioli in five flavours, three creamy Feta spreads, a selection of Tapenades, Pesto, Vinaigrette and Salsa, and three new sauces available at Farro Fresh, Bearnaise, Hollandaise, and Tartare.
The TopShelf range is now available in the deli section of the new Countdown Ponsonby, opposite seafood, participating New World supermarkets, Nosh Food Markets, Farro Fresh stores, Moore Wilson and specialty food stores throughout the North Island. RRP (210g) $6.49-$8.49.
Celebrate Mid-Winter Christmas with Crozier's Free Range Turkeys!
For decades, Philip and Judith Crozier have raised around 10,000 turkeys on their 80-acre Ashburton property each year. This year they are handing over management to Kyle and Monique Smith, who will continue to raise the turkeys truly free range and maintain the flavour and tenderness Crozier’s turkeys are famous for!
Crozier’s Free Range Turkeys can be ordered from selected butchers and specialty food stores nationwide.
50 Ways Blue Coconut Cooking Oil Will Improve Your Life
Blue Coconut Cooking Oil is the most versatile cooking and beauty product in the NZ market and is a favourite staple in many Kiwi pantries and beauty regimes.
Pure, fresh and clean tasting, Blue Coconut Cooking Oil is cold-pressed in the Pacific Islands and contains no additives, contaminants and is naturally cholesterol-free. It stays semi-solid at temperatures below 24° celcius, but unlike other hardened coconut fats and margarines it isn’t hydrogenated! Blue Coconut Cooking Oil is refined in New Zealand with natural absorptive clays and steam distilled to eliminate the strong coconut flavour.
One of the many outstanding features of cooking with Blue Coconut Cooking Oil is its versatility in the kitchen. It has a very high smoke point of 232°C and can be used to sauté, pan-fry, deep fry or roast vegetables, fish or meat to perfection. It can also be used instead of butter or margarine in most recipes. Perfect for baking and Asian-style cooking as it is tasteless, odourless, and will last up to two years in your pantry – leave it at the boat or bach and forget about it!
Coconut Oil is a valuable food nutritionally and has been a part of the Pacific Island diet for over 3000 years. Blue Coconut Cooking Oil is also recommended by many celebrities including Miranda Kerr for its beauty and weight-management properties. A couple of teaspoons a day will help support thyroid function and rev-up your metabolism!
And if that’s not enough, it’s also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and hypoallergenic, so as well as eating it, you can use Blue Coconut Cooking Oil to moisturise and condition your skin, face and hair. Even your pet’s skin, fur and intestinal health will benefit from adding a spoonful to their daily food.
Many Pacific Island communities supply coconut oil for Blue Coconut Cooking Oil. You can check the batch number of your pack online to see whether your oil has come to you from the island of Rabaul, Vanuatu, Samoa, or Fiji. Buying this product will help improve the lives of these island communities and will also improve yours.
Blue Coconut Cooking Oil (400g) RRP $8.99, is available nationwide from participating supermarkets and specialty food stores.
To learn the 50 ways Blue Coconut Cooking Oil will improve your life, visit http://www.bluecoconut.co.nz/
High Protein Breakfast Company makes delicious substantial mueslis, but they are not just another cereal: the difference is protein.
Rich in amino acids, High Protein Breakfast Company’s muesli is made from natural ingredients that deliver a simple, richly textured, delicious breakfast experience, without puffs, refined sugar, rancid processed oils or cheap fillers. But the main difference is protein. Why? Because not only is protein essential for most bodily functions, it also promotes satiation for a longer time, and helps build up and maintain lean muscle.
Auckland-based start-up High Protein Breakfast Company was created by Liz O’Callaghan and Stewart Chandler, two sports and health enthusiasts who decided to invest their money in something they believed in.
A few years ago while trying to lose weight and get fitter, Liz came up with the idea of producing her own high protein cereal as she couldn’t find a muesli that was high in protein and did not contain the sugars or fillers that so many processed breakfast foods contain.
Her quest to find the ultimate breakfast led to the creation of the Start Me Up range. Available in three flavours – Feijoa, Peach + Nectarine, and Berry – it offers a unique combination of fats, carbohydrates and protein sources which make for a nutritious, delicious and convenient breakfast that gives a nice satisfied feeling and is great for a post-workout recovery. The protein used comes from unpasteurised nuts, chia seeds, and free range egg white powder. The recipe has been approved by several sportspeople and nutritionists.
All Start Me Up mueslis come in 400g bags ($22.95) that can be purchased online at www.highproteinbreakfast.co.nz and delivered nationwide. There is also a subscription option (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) with free delivery.