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A survey by the consumers watchdog Which? has found that Morrisons’ Smedleys Atlantic Prawn Marie Rose Salad contained 855 calories and 66.3g fat – more than a McDonald’s Big Mac and medium fries and 70% of the fat a man should eat in a day. Which? bought a selection of 20 pre-packed salads on the high street and found another unhealthy option was Asda’s Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, which contained 43g of fat, nearly as much as six Cadbury’s Creme eggs. Almost a quarter of the salad is made up of high-calorie dressing (13% mayonnaise, 10% Caesar dressing). Which? editor Martyn Hocking said: "If you thought your high-street salad was healthy, you could be in for a surprise. "Which? has found there were large differences between the amount of fat, saturated fat, salt and calories in pre-packaged salads. Check the label or you could end up with egg on your face. "This latest research backs up what we’ve been saying for ages – a clear, consistent labelling scheme is important to help people spot how much fat, sugar and salt is in the food they’re buying." The survey found mayonnaise or creamy sauces were often the reason why many of the salads were so high in calories and fat. Mayonnaise dressing was the second highest ingredient (27%) in a Mark and Spencer Pasta with Tomato and Basil Chicken salad, £3.20 (380g), which had 760 calories and 46g fat. However there was praise for Sainsbury’s and its Rainbow Salad for containing soya beans and lentils, a good source of protein, and also its Thai Chicken Noodle for being low in salt and fats. Which? wants food companies to adopt one label so shoppers can see at a glance levels of fat, sugar and salt. It said research by the Food Standards Agency shows a combined label including traffic light colours, guideline daily amounts, grams of nutrients per portion and the words ‘high’, ‘medium’ and ‘low’ worked best for consumers

 

I.O.Shen mastergrade knives feature triplex technology. The harder the steel the better a knife is at retaining its razor sharp edge, but harder steel can be brittle. The I.O.Shen Corporation of Japan have solved the problem by wrapping two reinforcing layers of softer, shock-absorbing Rockwell 10° steel around a single core of ultrasharp Rockwell 62° steel.

It is important to note that the Tai Tang design on the handle is not just an embellishment, it is actually forms an integral part of the frame, the Tang. This improves balance and stability and distinguishes I O Shen from any other knife.

The I O Shen knive range…

Le Creuset This quality range of kitchenware was first produced in 1925, and is still manufactured at the companies original foundry at Fresnoy-Le-Grand, France. Grills, grillits, skillets, casseroles, oven dishes and saucepans are constructed from pure cast iron, fashioned by pouring molten iron from a large cauldron, known as a ‘creuset’, between two sand moulds. When the shape is cast and the iron cooled it is trimmed and grounded by hand, coated in enamel and fired at a temperature of 840° C, giving the distinctive super smooth and even finish. The Le Creuset stoneware range is made using traditional methods and is double glazed to give a tough, scratch and craze resistant surface. These storage jars, ramekins, pots, baking dishes and utensils are freezer, dishwasher and microwave proof. The silicone bakeware range of moulds, trays and sheets are durable, flexible and able to withstand temperatures upto 280° C. Finally the Le Creuset range of accessories are durable and will provide many years of scraping, stirring and whisking.

The Le Creuset range…

Click on the link bellow to download the current selection of recipes from The Foodies Handbook as a free pdf…

 Our free recipe booklet…

 

Ras El Hanout is a North African spice mix commonly used in Moroccan cookery and containing over twenty various spices. Translating as ‘head of the shop’ and so named because it was the shop owner that would blend the spices, usually to his own personal taste. The exact blend varies and is available ground or whole, but it is always warm and aromatic. A typical ras el hanout could include cardamom, mace, galangal, long pepper, cubebs, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, rose buds, lavender flowers, Spanish fly, ash berries, grains of paradise, black pepper, chufa nuts, turmeric, cassia, nigella, monks pepper, belladonna and orris root.