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:
We are extremely proud to share with you the news that Coppa della Maga has been selected for a second time amongst 7000 companies and tens of thousands of products from across the globe as one of the most innovative products by the prestigious SIAL Innovation Selection jury in Paris.
SIAL Paris is the largest international food exhibition. Established over half a century ago, and held every two years, it is a renowned event attracting professionals from all over the world. This year celebrity gourmet chef Joël Robuchon (titled “Chef of the Century” by the Gault Millau guide and with 33 Michelin stars to his name – more than any other chef in the world) will be the patron of the event, testifying to SIALs commitment of pursuing excellence and innovation.
It’s easy for us to know which foods we like and which foods we dislike, but why is it we have these particular preferences? Where does taste come from, if the tongue can experience only five basic flavours: sweet, salt, bitter, sour and umami?
We experience taste mainly as the flavour of the chemicals in the gasses released by the food as we chew it in our mouths. Some scientists argue that the experience of taste is so complex that it should be categorized as a separate sensation. It is predominantly a dual sensation as it’s composed of substances inhaled through the nose and the aromas released at the back of the nose during chewing and exhalation. When we study images of the brain the picture becomes even more intricate: when we smell and taste food simultaneously, the brain combines both smell and flavour to create a whole new sensation of taste that is larger than the two on their own. That is why taste is called a multi-sensory experience, whereby surprisingly, the main organ, responsible for whether we would like certain food is not the tongue or nose, but our brain.
It seems we are all a little nuts for Coconut, whether that be for coconut oil, coconut water or coconut creams. It’s sweet scent and pure taste, instantly transports us to summer. With its exotic freshness and super hydrating properties there’s no wonder coconut water is one of the most loved summertime drinks. It contains high levels of fibers, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which makes it the ideal sports drink, as well. The fleshy part of the coconut is rich in Mangnesium, Potassium, and Copper and is used both in sweet and savory dishes as well as a variety of cosmetics. So, would you like to learn 5 fun facts about this miraculous plant?
If you read our previous article on sugar, you’ll probably be keen to know about the healthier alternatives out there. We all know one thing for sure: to avoid aspartame, which comes with a multitude of negative side effects. However, how much do we know about the natural sweeteners stevia, xylitol and maltitol? It’s important to undestand how these affect our bodies rather than simply judging them based on familiarity and word of mouth. For example fructose, which although derived from fruits, can be harmful when consumed in abundance.
First and foremost, it’s best to avoid not just sugar, but also fructose – which is worryingly one of the most frequently used sweeteners.