Welcome to our September & October Newsletter
September is here, bringing us a multitude of ripening grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables.
Trust you all have had a good summer and have fond memories to carry you through the cooler months.?Now is a good time to plan nutritious menus and lunch boxes, to protect your health and well-being during winter. Here is my suggested minimum:
The important step is to discover ways to regularly incorporate the gems from the vegetable world into your daily fare. Please check our recently upgraded website, for useful tips on how to make delicious and health giving recipes using all the organic ingredients that Clearspring offers.
Product Focus ? Awards
We are delighted to announce that three of our recently launched products have just won some prestigious awards!!
Great Taste Awards 2011-Gold One Star
Organic Apricot Spread
- No added sugar or agave, sweetened with only fruit juice
- More than 50% fruit
- No artificial colours or flavours
- No acidity regulator
- Thickened using seaweed extract
- Made to authentic French recipe
- Available in 5 other delicious flavours
Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2011-Highly Commended
Organic Wholegrain Rice Cakes Tamari & Sea Vegetable
- Recipe includes our Clearspring Gluten free Double strength Tamari
- Made from whole grain rice – a good source of fibre
- Low fat
- Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
- No artificial additives, flavours or added sugar
**It also received Free From Awards 2011, along with Organic Wholegrain Rice Cakes Tamari&Black Sesami.
Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2011-Commended
- The UK’s first ambient nigari tofu
- Tastes as good as fresh tofu & can be eaten straight out of pack!
- 12 month shelf life from date of manufacture
- Very versatile – use in both savoury and sweet dishes
- Low in fat
- Dairy, lactose and gluten free
- High quality vegetable protein
Seasonal Product Feature - Organic Shiitake
Autumn is the time for foraging, truffles and fungi and so it is very appropriate that we will be launching our new Organic dried Shiitake Mushrooms this month.
Shiitake mushrooms (shii – oak tree, take – mushroom) have been gathered and eaten since pre-historic times and are highly prized in the East for their therapeutic value. They have long been recognised as medicinal mushrooms along with other oriental varieties such as Maitake and Reishi. Their health benefits include immune support, lowering cholesterol, cardiovascular support and helping the body fight against tumours. Much of the research to confirm these properties is done on mushroom extracts in laboratory environments, however there are preliminary results based on human diets that suggests we can still take advantage of some of these benefits just by eating whole oriental mushrooms.
Shiitake are also known to be a good source of non-animal iron as well as protein, dietary fibre and vitamins C and B. Mushrooms growing in the soil tend to soak up unwanted chemicals like sponges but since our new Shiitake mushrooms are organic you do not have to worry about pesticides or herbicides.
As far as flavour is concerned our Organic Shiitake have a deep savoury umami taste that adds gourmet flair to almost any dish and is one of the East’s most exotic and delicious foods. Can be used in soups, graies, stocks or sushi, see our website for recipe ideas.
Tofu Recipe Competition
We are running this recipe competition to show that our long-life nigari Organic Tofu is a very versatile product which can even be eaten straight out of the pack or used in both savoury dishes as well as sweet desserts. As a result we have created 3 recipe categories: Dipping sauces, Savoury and finally Sweet / dessert recipes.
You can submit recipes for any category but please clearly indicate which category you are submitting the recipe for. The very creative may want to submit an entry for every category! We will award a Clearspring Goodies prize for the best recipe in each category, and include them on our website with your profile! Please email all entries to info@clearspring .co.uk. Competition closing date Friday 21st October and the winners will be announced in our November newsletter.
Meet & Greet
Bob Harrop, Clearspring’s Finance Director.
How long have you been with Clearspring: 10 years but I have known Christopher Dawson since 1974.
Favourite Clearspring product: Organic Tamari Soya Sauce because it is the richest Umami flavour to enhance any dish.
Best part for working for Clearspring: The satisfaction of bringing these unique foods to discerning consumers as well as walks in Acton park at lunchtime!
Planet Organic, 10 Devonshire Square near Liverpool Street Station opened on 8th August 2011. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 7.30 am – 9.00 pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday.
We would like to thank all of the above stores for supporting and stocking Clearspring products and we wish them all the very best and much success for the future. If you would like to feature your local store then do get in touch with us.
Recipes of the Month
Umami rich shiitake mushroom gravy used for your grain dishes and roasts.
Instead of Portobello mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms can be a delicious alternative.
Simple way to enjoy our tasty Organic Tofu.