Category Archives: Family Foods

Tomato and Mozzarella Deep Pan Pizza

Free from Gluten, Peanuts, Egg, Soya, Wheat, Dairy
Vegetarian, Vegan, Without crystal sugar

INGREDIENTS

Deep pan pizza base
• 350g FREEE Pizza Base Mix
• 350ml tepid water
• 3 tbsp  oil

Topping
• 250g  tomato sauce
• 200g  mozzarella, grated

METHOD

Deep Pan Pizza Base
1. Line a 28x30cm baking tray with parchment and pre-heat the oven.
2. Put the pizza base mix, tepid water and oil into a large bowl and stir to a thick paste.
3. Tip the paste onto the prepared tray and spread it to the edges with a spatula.
4. Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes.
5. Using a fork, prick all over the pizza base.
6. Pre-bake for 25 minutes.

Topping
1. Remove the pizza base from the oven and cover it with tomato sauce.
2. Scatter grated mozzarella over the top
3. Bake for a further 12 minutes.
Temperature: 220°C, Fan 200°C, 425°F, Gas 7
Cooking time: 25 minutes + 12 minutes

www.dovesfarm.co.uk/recipes/tomato-and-mozzarella-deep-pan-pizza

Freee by Doves Farm Gluten Free Pizza Base Mix

Alb-Gold Organic Vegetable Ragout Pasta Sauce

Alb Gold Organic Italian Tomato Sauce

Alb Gold Organic Tomato, Ricotta & Rocket Sauce

Alb Gold Organic Tomato, Ricotta & Rocket Sauce

The Finest ingredients are used for these yummy NEW snacks from Holle!

After requests, and many hours of trialling and testing, our wonderful Holle Heroes have come up with some really fabulous organic New Products that we are delighted to bring exclusively to you here in the UK. All are great for little hands to hold, and perfect for picnics, on the go or even in the lunch box!

Holle Organic Minis, are soft banana and orange fruit bars. A wholesome and convenient snack made especially for little hands and tummies, they contain a mixture of fruit and rolled oats wrapped in a wholegrain spelt wafer, to help keep little hands sticky-free.

The soft yet firm texture is perfect for babies aged 12 months and over to nibble and chew, and their handy, practical size makes them easy for little hands to hold. Holle Organic Minis come individually packaged ensuring the soft fruit bars are always fresh and fruity and making them perfect for pockets and nappy bags.

Dried bananas* 25%, ROLLED OATS*, pear juice concentrate*, apple juice concentrate*, potato starch*, wholegrain SPELT wafers* (wholegrain SPELT flour*, potato starch*), orange juice concentrate* 4%. * organically grown

“These Mini’s are so cute, and so tasty too! We love them, and so do our little ones”

Your little one will love Holle’s new Organic Biscuits, suitable from 10 months, and you’ll love them too, because they are made solely from wholesome and healthy organic ingredients.

Sweetened only with fruit juices and containing no added salt, these mild tasting Pear-Apple biscuits come in three cheerful, slim animal shapes, perfect for small hands to hold. The freshness packets make them ideal to pop in your handbag or nappy bag when you are out and about.

SPELT FLOUR* (34%), ROLLED OATS* (33%), pear juice concentrate* (16%), sunflower oil*, apple juice concentrate* (6 %), carrot juice concentrate*, vitamin B₁ (Thiamine). * organically grown

“Exciting to have something new from Holle, and these snacks for my LG are just perfect – I love the animal designs, and we all love the taste!”

Holle’s new Organic Crunchy Snack Millet is a gluten-free, bite-sized puffed snack that is ideal between meals and when out and about. It is made from nutritious, 100% organic millet and absolutely nothing else! The perfect size for little fingers, these fluffy puffs help to encourage self-feeding and will melt like butter in your baby’s mouth.

100% Millet* * organically grown

“Ok, these are so moreish… my LO loves them but I admit I had a bag to keep me going the other day, and I finished them off far too quickly!”

Gently flavoured with organic mango, Holle’s new Organic Crunchy Snack Millet-Mango is a gluten-free, bite-sized puffed snack that is simply yummy. Made from nutritious, organic millet it contains no added sugar or salt.

The perfect size for little fingers, these fluffy puffs help to encourage self-feeding and will melt like butter in your baby’s mouth.

Millet* (60%), maize semolina* (26 %), sunflower oil* (7,6 %), mango powder* (6,4%). * organically grown

“Great taste, and my daughter loved holding them and having a chat with them before popping them into her mouth! They are a hit – thank you Holle!”

Try these scrummy new Holle heroes and let us know what YOU think!

 

New Rice Mice and Zero Zebra Yummies!

Organic, Vegan and free from all 14 EU recognised food allergens… The products made by Rice Mice and Zero Zebra not only have fab names, but are utterly delicious and mean that even those of us with allergies, can enjoy treats!

zzc1506_strawb_barexping_sqrgb144dpi15cmUlula was actually asked by one of our wonderful customers to find this brand and make it available to them through Ulula because they had heard such good things about them, and we are so in agreement! As children with allergies, and now as parents with children with allergies, anything that helps an allergy sufferer to feel ‘normal’ is a most fabulous thing to have in your lives.zzc1508_pepperm_barexping_sqrgb144dpi15cm

So, it is a hard job for an Ulula taste tester, but somebody has to do it, and we can say, that hands down, the Zero Zebra Rice Choc Bar with Peppermint is the most minty, yummy chocolate we have all tasted this year – it is delicious, as are all the other flavours.

We asked Monika, the director and owner of Rice Mice and Zero Zebra what had inspired her to create this life changing brand for allergy suffered. As we expected – it is an inspiring, courageous and positive story, and here it is for you to enjoy too:

“In 2008, I founded Marthomi Allergy Free Foods in 2008 in Holland. One of my three children suffered from multiple food allergies and intolerances (milk, egg, peanuts, nuts, soya and many more). Back then, there were hardly any food alternatives, especially of the things that all kids love, like sweet treats.zzc1303_winter_comp2_phrgb144dpi10x7cm

I did a lot of market research and after long and careful consideration I decided to quit my existing career in order to spend all my time and energy on the topic ‘treats for children who suffer from food allergies’.

zzc1301_safari_pack_sqrgb144dpi_15cmI set my goals very high: The products had to be free from all 14 EU recognized food allergens, each product should be vegan, only organic ingredients would be used and these should be from fair and sustainable sources.

I insisted that the production environment should be professional and certified to best food production standards, it should be possible to scale to large quantities and cross-contamination of allergens should be excluded as far as possible. On top of this, the products should taste great, the packaging should appeal to the target market and the product end-price must be in a fair range.

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My enthusiasm and firm belief in my concept paid off and I found and convinced several partners to work with me.

In May 2009 I won a prize ‘Most Promising Innovative Entrepreneur’ at the Innobiz European SME Week 2009 in The Hague. zzc1302_school_openingcontent_phrgb144dpi10x7cm

The best and most fun part was the creation of new and suitable recipes. Towards the end of 2009 I finally had the first pallet of Marthomi’s first product: the Zero Zebra Rice Choc Bar Original, complete with all the attributes I set out to achieve and without compromising on anything!

zzc1507_zerozebraricechocbar_crispy_rgbThe company has two unique own brands  (Zero Zebra and Rice Mice) and we service our loyal customers throughout Europe.”zzc1505_original_barexp_sqrgb144dpi15cm

These wonderful products are perfect for ourselves, and perfect for presents too. They are exceptionally yummy and we look forward to you sharing with us how much you love them too.

And don’t fret – we know that you will be as happy as we are to hear from Monica that she has many more plans for these brilliant products in the future 🙂

 

 

Today is International World Pasta Day!

Pasta has long been a favourite dish for children and adults alike; highly nutritious and a great energy source, served either with a vegetable sauce or just with some cheese, it is a quick, simple, delicious meal that we all enjoy. With gluten, or without, there is a pasta for each of us. To celebrate the special occasion of today, we have taken a look at what each kind of pasta says about you** but we leave the pasta shapes and the Mie Noodles to your imagination – let us know what you come up with 😉

Spaghetti: Warm hearted

If spaghetti is your go to pasta, you are csm_mais-reis-spaghetti_minikuerbis_gemuese_01_117f7f64d9warm hearted. You gravitate towards the classic and never fail to help a friend out. Choosing spaghetti means you are sympathetic and kind. You are also open-minded and sensitive, and you always listen when someone needs you.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-spelt-spaghetti.html                 http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-corn-rice-spaghetti-gluten-free-pasta.html

Penne: Easy goingalb-gold-organic-emmer-penne

If  penne pasta floats your boat, you are easy going. You are relaxed and do not have an anxious bone in your body. Even-tempered and mellow, your day to day life may get hectic but you never let that get in the way of things you truly care about.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-emmer-penne.html

Rigatoni: Determined

csm_mais-reis-rigatoni_spinat_pilze_01_28a5780239If you like rigatoni, you are determined. Anything you set your mind to, you accomplish. There is no limit when it comes to what you can achieve. Your resolute outlook on life keeps you focused and gets you places.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-corn-rice-rigatoni-gluten-free-pasta.html

Farfalle (for us the Pantacce Tricolour): Energeticalb-gold-organic-pantacce-tricolore

If farfalle makes your heart soar like the butterflies they are shaped like, you are energetic. Doing nothing all day bores you. You have to get out and experience life! If you like farfalle, you are active, spirited, and have a bubbly personality.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-pantacce-tricolore.html

5. Gemelli: Creativealb-gold-organic-strozzapreti

If you are one with gemelli, you are creative. You have incredible original ideas and are artistic. You are innovative, original, and gifted. Choosers of gemelli are imaginative and resourceful.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-strozzapreti.html

6. Elbow: Generousalb-gold-organic-einkorn-drelli

If elbow pasta is the one that you want, you are generous. You consistently show kindness towards others. You are always thinking about how you can do more for your loved ones.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-einkorn-drelli.html

7. Rotini (Or in our case, Fusilli) : Fearlesscsm_buchweizen_mit_currysauce_02_cf54be97aa

If rotini is your one true love, you are fearless. You are bold, courageous, and brave. Your intrepid outlook on life allows you to live to the fullest. You are lionhearted and not afraid of anything.

Who knew! With this exciting new knowledge, you can enjoy choosing your pasta supper to match your mood!

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-corn-rice-fusilli-gluten-free-pasta.html            http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-wholegrain-spelt-fusilli.html  http://www.ulula.co.uk/seitz-organic-gluten-free-buckwheat-fusilli.html

** http://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/what-your-favorite-pasta-shape-says-about-you/

Celebrating Michaelmas Together

Michaelmas is the festival which really celebrates Autumn and allows us to revel in the darker nights and cooler days without a sadness for the Summer passed. The light is lower, and shadows longer, and we start to look inward to our own inner strength and reserves – like a flower we opened up to the sun during the summer, and now we can fold our petals in and take strength and sustenance from the world under our feet.

Michaelmas is named after Saint Michael, one of the four archangels, the angel who threw Lucifer out of Heaven. He is the Angel of courage and the Angel of the fight against evil, often depicted fighting off fearsome dragons! The festival of Michaelmas is the moment when we can take the light and love that has warmed us through the summer months into ourselves to feed us as we enter the colder, darker months of autumn and winter.

Our favourite Michaelmas Story comes from the very wonderful Tiptoes Lightly “The Festival of the Stones”. http://www.tiptoes-lightly.net/ Here is a little extract:

“But the dragon never forgot, and never quite gave up. He remembers his beauty from long ago, and rises out of the earth in early summer to fly high in the air. Then, as summer ends, a shower of shooting stars beats the dragon back into the earth with swords of heavenly iron”

As we were growing up, we always enjoyed the meteor shower of shooting stars in late August in the night sky, and used to weave a story as to why they are showering down on us at this time of year…  and in later years, Michaelmas had become a time in the year which we rather dreaded – it all felt rather heavy and fearsome, but finding Tiptoes with our children allowed us see the beauty of the date, the 29th September. It is a very special day!

Our Michaelmas Autumn Hedgerow Dragon

Our Michaelmas Autumn Hedgerow Dragon

Making dragon bread is always a wonderful family activity, or making dragon’s from conkers is great fun too!

To bring the light of St Michael into our homes, we can light a new candle at the supper table. Always a favourite activity at Kindi was to make a candle each using strips of wax wound around the candle to become the dragon, and as the candle burns, the flame slowly conquers the dragon until he is banished completely!

As you light your Michaelmas candle this year, perhaps you will have the dinosaur pasta on your little ones’ plates, so that they can be St. Michael fearlessly fighting dragons, just like Jeremy Mouse in the Tiptoes Story. http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-pasta-for-babies-and-kids-dinosaur-shapes.html

Organic Gluten Free Pasta Fusilli

I recently wrote about our new gluten free pasta for kids in fun dino shapes. Today, I thought I’d mention the latest addition to our gluten free pasta range the Seitz organic gluten free fusilli. There’s also a great lentil bolognese recipe below that goes really well with the fusilli (as well as any other pasta) and is suitable for young children and, of course, adults.

Gluten free buckwheat fusilli

Organic Gluten Free Pasta – Buckwheat Fusilli

This organic buckwheat pasta is not only gluten free but also looks great on the plate. The striking black shapes appeal to kids and adults alike and makes for a fascinating combination on the plate with many sauces.

The slightly nutty flavour is delicious and goes well with practically any sauce of your choice. We’ve tried it with tomato and cheese based sauces, as well as red and green pestos, and it really is lovely. Customers have told us this gluten free pasta goes particularly well with fish.

How is it to cook with? Unlike many gluten free pasta varieties this fusilli keeps its shape very well after cooking, as you can see in the photo below. This makes it an ideal gluten free option for use in a great looking pasta salad for lunch or even for picnics or lunchboxes.

Pasta that is Guaranteed Gluten Free

Seitz is an established family owned business in Germany that has longstanding experience in producing gluten free products and particularly pasta. Their production line is used soley for producing gluten free products, so this fusilli is guaranteed gluten free.

Recipe Idea – Gluten Free Fusilli with Lentil Bolognese

Just like pasta, red lentils should be a staple in your larder. Especially if you are cooking for young children – red lentils are a perfect source for protein, potassium, phosphorus and iron. This is a super quick recipe for busy families that tastes delicious and creates a visual treat when combined with the black Seitz gluten free fusilli. Of course, red lentils are also gluten free so this makes it a great sauce to combine with the fusilli if gluten in your diet is an issue for you or your child.

This recipe is a firm favourite in our family – let me know how you get on.

Ggluten free pasta with sauce recipe

Ingredients

Serves 6. Quantities can be halved.
1 onion
1 clove of garlic (optional – depending on the age of your child)
2 carrots, coarsely grated
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
45ml/3 tbsp olive oil
150g red lentils
1 can chopped tomatoes
45ml/3 tbsp tomato puree
475ml stock (ideally a low salt version)
15ml.3 tbsp fresh marjoram or
5ml/1 tsp dried marjoram
seaoning to taste (optional – I like to use minimum salt).

Method

In a large saucepan, gently sweat the onion, garlic, carrots and celery in the oil for about 5 minutes, until soft.

Add the lentils, tomatoes, tomato puree, stock and marjoram, and season to taste. Stir well.

Bring the mixture to the boil, then partially cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes until thick and the lentils are soft.

Use as required.

You can download our free Lentil Bolognese recipe sheet from the Bohlsener Mill Organic Red Lentils product page.

I’d love to hear how you find the Seitz gluten free fusilli and the lentil bolognese sauce. Send me your favourite pasta sauce recipe ideas and photos and I’ll add them to the site.

Organic Pasta for Babies and Children – Now Available

Animal shape pasta for babies and kids

Animal shaped pasta for babies and kids

I am really pleased to announce the arrival on the Ulula website of our organic pasta for babies and children. If you’ve not seen them already, take a look and see why I’m so excited.

Pasta is always a children’s favourite and these three fun pasta shapes are ideal for slightly older babies and children of all ages. Pasta is highly nutritious and a great energy source for your growing baby or child. From 8 to 10 months your baby usually needs more lumpy food and this lovely shaped organic pasta will help to encourage chewing and introduce variety.

In Search of the Best Pasta for Babies and Children

I spent a long time searching for a pasta that I would be happy to sell to discerning mums and dads. I wanted a pasta small enough for young babies’ mouths; that kids would enjoy eating because they easily recognise the varied shapes; and that is made from the highest quality ingredients by a company that really cares about both food and the environment.

These new pastas come from Alb Gold, a traditional family-owned company with a proven organic background and who take great care in not only choosing their raw ingredients but also how each pasta is made. As usual with the food I stock on Ulula, you are guaranteed that you will only be feeding your baby food that has not been grown with the use of artificial pesticides or fertilisers and which has no artificial preservatives, colourings or any other chemical nasty. I only stock those foods that I am happy to feed to my own family.

Tested by Babies – Approved by Mums

And so, how do these pastas for babies measure up? As usual, we asked family and friends to taste test these pasta shapes with their babies and children. Without exception the feedback was great – a particular favourite with the youngest children were the farm animal pasta shapes, while older children loved the roaring safari animal pasta shapes and the dinosaur pasta shapes. A definite winner with babies, children and mums and dads alike.

Mums and dads told us how their little ones ‘loved the animal shapes’, ‘had fun making all sorts of animal noises’ and several commented how ‘having such fun at meal times encouraged him to eat everything in his bowl.’

These delightful pasta animals are specially developed for babies and children and, as such, are small enough for your baby’s mouth – so no choking on adult sized pasta. And every animal piece keeps its shape even after cooking – which makes it great fun to eat as your baby spots the animals he or she knows.

Pasta for Babies and Children – Now Available

Each of the pastas for babies and children is available as single packets as well as in multi-packs of three. There is even a multi-pack with one packet of each pasta shape, which is aleady proving very popular. And, with 10 portions per pack they really are excellent value!

So, take a look at the new organic pasta for babies and children range and tell us what you think.