If you like a good old health debate, look no further than that of the topic of milk. It is hot right now. Over the past few years we have been inundated with claims that milk is bad for us and as a result have seen a sudden rise in non-dairy alternatives hitting supermarket shelves worldwide, such as rice milks, almond, oat milks and soy. And it’s quite a surprise really, considering the majority of us were raised on the white stuff from day one. Gulping it down morning and night as babies, drinking it as a mid-morning snack in primary school and adding it to pretty much everything! It’s been a household staple all over the world for thousands of years so why now has it been hit with such controversy?
The lead up to the New Year is here, a period where many of us take some time to reflect upon the past 12 months. These reflections are then usually followed by a string of resolutions we promise to keep for the year ahead. But who really sticks to theirs for more than a month before falling back into old habits, or succumbing to temptation? Psychologists have found the main reason behind failed new years resolutions is the scale of the resolution itself. Experts suggest we should instead break down our goals into smaller, more achievable ‘micro-actions’. These small actions may at first seem pointless but with persistence and dedication the outcome can be astonishing.
Remember what Mahatma Gandi said:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny”…
The pistachio nut, belonging to the cashew family, is a native of Iran, Greece and Syria and has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years. Legend has it that the Queen of Sheba loved pistachios so much she declared they were only to be eaten by Royals and prohibited anyone else from growing the nut for personal use. Additionally, Nebuchadnezzar, the ancient king of Babylon, was said to have had pistachio trees planted in his fabled hanging gardens.
Aside from their interesting history, pistachio nuts also pack a pretty nutritional punch:
We’re gearing towards the most wonderful time of the year, so we’d like to share with you our favourite winter warmer – perfect to sip on chilly evenings beside a log fire. Our double chocolate ice cream needn’t just be served cold, when heated it creates the most luxuriously rich hot chocolate. Follow this simple recipe and experience pure indulgence.
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 500ml Coppa della Maga double chocolate ice cream
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 ½ tsp Cinnamon
- A pinch of clove
Christmas is fast approaching. Shopping malls and supermarket aisles now glisten and sparkle with tinsel and baubles, shiny reds and greens, golds and silvers. So, the time has come to start thinking about what gifts to get for our loved ones. Perhaps you may want to choose something a little different this year, maybe a gift combining a delicious treat with a precious keepsake. Well, we have just the perfect thing for you. Who doesn’t love ice cream (sugar free for that matter) and quality handcrafted jewelry?
Last week we were delighted to be a part of the Beauchamp Bazaar in aid of Ormiston Families at St. Columba’s Church. The proceeds of the evening will go towards services that support and nurture over 130,000 children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Bazaar, being one of Christmas most high profile fundraising events has attracted a fair few famous faces and members of the Royal family over the years:
Honey is one of the most incredible natural substances, which for centuries has been associated with rituals of birth, marriage and even death. Can you believe that the nectar of about 4000 flowers is needed in order to make just one kg of honey! There are hundreds of various types of honey, each with their own unique color and flavour depending on the environment of where it has been produced. Stored away from humidity and light, honey in its most natural form practically has an eternal shelf life. Intact pots of this magical substance have been discovered in the Egyptian tombs centuries later…
We believe every detail is important when enjoying food. For example, the experience of having an ice cream on the go with a plastic spoon cannot be compared to the enjoyment of serving and scooping it from an elegant porcelain bowl. Eating is a necessity, but also a pleasurable social activity. Repeated multiple times every day, the way we eat becomes a part of who we are. Our choice of food and how we present our dining table says more about us than we would assume.
The brand Coppa della Maga strives to be synonymous with health, wellbeing and indulgence. The name, however (meaning The bowl of the magician in Italian) alludes to a more magical side of the brand. The name was born out of the story behind the brand’s beginnings,
Ayurveda is an ancient science over 5000 years old known for achieving health and longevity through food and other natural sources. Its principles are based on the five elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth. The combination of these elements forms the three basic types of physical composition (called dosha) with the respective predominant elements for each of them: vata (ether and air), pitta (fire element) and kapha (water and earth). By understanding which our ruling elements are, we can get a better sense of our bodies needs and achieve the balance necessary for optimal health. The doshas determine not just our body’s build and look, but also which foods are most suitable for us and digested best, our emotions, our mind, as well as which are our vulnerable areas and which combination of foods and practices would benefit us most:
Nougat (pronounced nu-ga) is a classic confection commonly found in candy bars and famous for it’s chewy consistency. There are many legends and obscurities surrounding this wonderful traditional sweet loved by many all over the world. Some believe it was first discovered in the Middle East, whilst others trace its beginnings back to the Roman times, but amidst the discussion and debate we cannot be sure.
Nougat is traditionally defined as ‘roasted seeds (almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, pine nuts) kept together by a sweet paste made with honey, egg white, sugar and in some cases flavours’ but nowadays we can find a range of concoctions, varying in colour, texture, taste and form: