Lemon Juice

ChicP - Houmous

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Houmous. It’s a food that dates back to as early as the 13thcentury in Egypt and something we at The Amazing Blog have devoured since it became a trend with the likes of Whole Foods. What we adore about this food is it makes a hearty and healthy snack that leaves you satisfied for hours unlike a bag of crisps. With our tastes for houmous in mind, we were interested to try two flavours from ChicP 

The company was founded by Hannah McCollum, who worked predominantly as a private chef, on the‘passionate commitment to reducing food waste’. All of ChicP’s five colourful houmous flavours are made with raw vegetables that were discarded due to their irregular shape or size. Supermarkets reject approximately 40 per cent of produce because of these qualities and nearly 1/3 of UK produce goes to waste because people don’t eat it. McCollum wanted to combat this with ‘houmous made from imperfect veggies’ to promote better choices for your health and the environment. 

We were drawn to not only the company’s ethos, but also the delicious taste of its houmous. This houmous is much lighter than any others we’ve tried and is creamy, satisfying, and flavourful. The first flavour we tried was the Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric  The spread immediately tastes like you’ve dipped a carrot into an ordinary blend of chickpeas, saving you the extra step of doing it yourself. While the carrot taste is evident, the ginger and turmeric follow after and linger yet don’t overpower. This flavour works splendidly as a dip, but we liked putting it over baked chicken and pasta. We felt the second one we tasted would be more suitable as a midday snack or sandwich spread. Herby is true to its name and has a strong veggie taste, as 16 per cent of the recipe is spinach and parsley. However, lemon juice concentrate, vinegar, and garlic purée increase the flavour’s depth and tastiness. 

The houmous here is vegan and contains no additives or added sugars. Carrot, Ginger & Tumeric and Herby also only have 113 calories (469 kJ) and 127 calories (526 kJ) per quarter pot, respectively, and are reasonably priced at £3 for 170g. Additionally, there are three other flavours available in ChicP’s collection: Beetroot, Horseradish & Sage, Chilli Pumpkin, and Banana Chocolate. You can purchase their houmous here, or at one of the retailers listed here.

Cawston Press

Having spent the last four evenings consuming copious amounts of alcohol, I'm feeling far from fresh on this blustery Monday.  Thursday evening was dinner with the girls, which turned into a night of wine swigging; Friday was a friend's wedding, Saturday a house-party which went on until sunrise, and last night an impromptu beer swilling night in front of the TV with my housemates. Thus, given my rather delicate state today, and unable to drink like I used to, the rest of the week will be spent free of all things alcoholic. Lucky for me, we ladies at The Amazing Blog recently came across Cawston Press and their fab range of drinks, which offer the perfect alternative to alcohol and come without the dreaded morning-after-the-night-before foggy head and memory loss.

With a long standing passion for all things apple-related, Cawston Press have spent over twenty-five years developing an innovative range of all-natural juices, and most recently launched their very own version of fizz - Sparkling Apple and Sparkling Apple Ginger Beer. The Sparkling Apple contains no less than 75% pressed apple juice while the Sparkling Apple Ginger Beer is a unique take on the classic which also features lemon juice and a hint of chilli, giving it a certain je ne sais qoui!

Both drinks are light and refreshing, with the perfect amount of fizz, and are the ideal companion to any kind of meal, noon or night. Unlike many soft drinks, Cawston Press contain no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or colourings and a 200ml glass of any of their juices will provide you with one of your 5-a-day. Tasty and healthy - what more could you ask for in a drink?!

So, whether you're nursing a four-day hangover, or are simply looking for a grown-up soft drink that's both delicious and good for you, head to any leading supermarket to get your hands on a bottle or buy online here.