A Taste of Ten Acre Popcorn

I love popcorn. I could probably eat the equivalent of my weight in popcorn in one sitting if it were humanly possible.  I love it so much that I make it myself at home on the stove with a bit of sugar and a bit of salt. It’s my favourite snack and when I’m out and about I’ll quite happily buy a packet of popcorn rather than crisps if I can find it. So it comes as no surprise that I was super excited to receive the new range of popcorn from Ten Acre to try!

Ten Acre Popcorn

Ten Acre Popcorn

Freshly handpicked from the Popperley orchards of Ten Acre where popping trees bloom and grow, this isn’t just any popcorn – it is also gluten, dairy and MSG free as well as vegan and vegetarian. I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian but I do appreciate the fact that this snack can be eaten by everyone! It’s fabulous.

There are five exciting and luxurious varieties  of popcorn each with their own story to tell, brought to life in Ten Acre’s fictional village – Cornelius Popperley’s Sour Cream & Chive, Captain Theodore’s Lime & Sea Salt, Cousin Maisie’s Fennel & Lemon, Ambrose Popperley’s Wasabi and Aunty Winifred’s Sweet & Salty.

Aunty Winifred's Sweet & Salty

Aunty Winifred’s Sweet & Salty

My favourite was of course Aunty Winifred’s Sweet & Salty but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Captain Theodore’s Lime & Sea Salt popcorn, the lime flavour was not as strong as the lemon in Cousin Maisie’s, which I found a little over-powering for my palette. Cornelius’ flavour was also a hit, I felt so adventurous trying it and trust me the combination works with popcorn. The popcorn itself tasted freshly made and is perfectly “popped”, by which I mean there were no “unpopped” kernels left in the bags I tried, which one came sometimes find when buying popcorn. Wasabi is one of those flavours that you either like or you don’t, I don’t like it and even though I tried it in the hope that wasabi flavoured popcorn might be different I still don’t like Wasabi. But if you love wasabi you will love it…I feel comforted by the fact that it’s like marmite (which I love) so the cosmic foodie universe is balanced out.

Cousin Maisie's Fennel & Lemon

Cousin Maisie’s Fennel & Lemon

Ten Acre Popcorn is available in 28g bags – Sweet & Salty is available in 30g bags – and all are fewer than 80 calories per serving. From as little as 69p per bag this is a great snack.

Further information is available from www.tenacrepopcorn.co.uk

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Who’s For A Recipe? Beetroot and Apple Waldorf Salad

November is International Vegan Month and although I’m not a vegan I have a few friends (and lovely readers) who are so I asked the team at Nairn’s to send me a vegan-friendly recipe.

This recipe by Nutritionist Christine Bailey seems easy enough to make. Let me know if  you get round to using it. I think I’ll give it a go myself soon.

This recipe serves 1, so you can treat yourself!

2 oatcakes1MB - Detox
1 small cooked beetroot, diced
½ green apple, cored and diced
½ celery stick, diced
1tbsp walnuts, chopped
1tsp fresh parsley, chopped
1tsp walnut oil
1tsp lemon juice
Black pepper and salt to season

1. Put the beetroot, apples, celery, walnuts and parsley in a bowl. Whisk together the walnut oil, lemon juice and some seasoning, pour over the beetroot salad and mix well.
2. Pile on top of the oatcakes to serve.
Per serving 250kcal, Protein 5.4g, Carbohydrates 18.8g, sugars 6.7g, total fat 17g, saturates 2.2g

Beetroots are the ultimate detox food. Full of B vitamins, vitamin C and beta-carotene. They’re also a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium, all important to promote optimal detoxification and elimination. Beetroots are known to support bile flow making them ideal for supporting gallbladder and liver health key organs for breaking down and removing toxins. Apples are rich in soluble fibre known as pectin, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals. All of these substances are used in the detox process. Add a splash of lemon juice for its alkalising properties plus parsley, a known diuretic and mineral rich herb. Walnuts are a good source of glutathione, important antioxidant for detoxification and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids to keep inflammation low in the body

Beets supply nitrates which are converted into the body into nitric oxide – a power vasodilator enabling more oxygen to be pumped around the body – this is why it can boost physical performance and make you feel more energetic