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Stock up for summer

May 18th, 2017

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Summer’s coming on - rains and showers aside! – and is a time for holidays in the countryside or the seaside.

Don’t forget to add an Easy Bean ready meal to the coolbox for the hungry troops, or seek them out in local suppliers, as the perfect on-the-go meal which is easy to make and doesn’t stop you having fun with family and friends.

A range of delicious varieties from Moroccan Tagine to Indian Sambar to African Palava, will add a touch of the exotic to holiday.

You could also take some tasty Easy Bean crispbreads for the hungry troops to nibble on the way or to add to the lunchtime spread.

You’re may well be planning your holidays already, so why not put an order in for some of our versatile, super-healthy meals and crisp breads now. And pack an umbrella, you know, just in case…



A chilli history lesson

May 11th, 2017

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Our New Mexican Chilli one pot meal is a best seller for us. The inspiration from the meal comes from the state of New Mexico - rather than Mexico itself!. There are many links between classic chilli dishes and American states, including New Mexico and neighbouring Texas.

We use a classic combination of read beans, sweet peppers and tomatoes, spiked with jalapeño chilli in our dish.

Historians agree that the earliest written description of chilli came from a JC Clopper, who lived near Houston, Texas. While his description never mentions the word chilli he wrote in 1828:  ”When they [poor families of San Antonio] have to lay for their meat in the market, a very little is made to suffice for the family; it is generally cut into a kind of hash with nearly as many peppers as there are pieces of meat and this is all stewed together.”

In the 1880s, a market in San Antonio started setting up chilli stands from which chili or bowls o’red, as it was called, were sold by women who were called “chili queens.” A bowl o’red cost diners such as writer O Henry and democratic presidential hopeful William Jennings Bryan ten cents and included bread and water. The fame of chilli con carne began to spread and the dish soon became a major tourist attraction. It was featured at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 at the San Antonio Chilli Stand.

US President Lyndon B Johnson was a big chilli lover. His favorite recipe became known as Pedernales River chilli after the location of his Texas ranch. Johnson preferred venison, which is leaner to beef, probably due to doctor’s orders about his bad heart. Lady Bird Johnson, the First lady, had the recipe printed on cards to be mailed out because of the many thousands of requests the White House received for it.

“Chilli concocted outside of Texas is usually a weak, apologetic imitation of the real thing,” Johnson is quoted as saying. “One of the first things I do when I get home to Texas is to have a bowl of red. There is nothing better.”

In 1977, chilli became the official “state food” of Texas “in recognition of the fact that the only real ‘bowl of red’ is that prepared by Texans.”



Yorkshire born and Yorkshire crisp-bread!

May 4th, 2017

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We’ve had some enquiries about where people might be able to buy our Chickpea Crispbreads in Yorkshire - they have good taste in God’s own county!

Focusing on York and the surrounding area, here a few options. Enjoy!

Tullivers Herbs & Wholefoods, York YO1 8BP (Cheddar Crunch).

Dooleys of Easingwold, YO61 3AF

Hunters of Helmsley, YO62 5BL

Fresh Food Deli, Pockington, York YO4 2SA.



A healthy dose of linseed

April 19th, 2017

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If there is one ingredient that should earn a medal for its nutritional value, it’s linseed. As a source of Omega 3 essential fatty acid, it helps provide protection against a whole range of health issues including heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

And, it so happens, linseed is one of the ingredients in our Easy Bean Cheddar Crunch Chickpea Crispbread, as well as other goodies including protein-rich chickpea flour, polenta and mature cheddar.

Linseed, also known as flax seeds, is highly recommended for its health-giving properties, and we can’t think of a more enjoyable way to consume it than in our unique crispbread!



Another trophy for the cabinet!

April 6th, 2017

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We like to curry favour with the stars of the food world - so we were very proud when TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson presented us with an award for our fabulous Thai edamame curry!

Like the other judges in the “free-from Oscars” he obviously knows a good thing when he tastes one.

The famous TV chef heaped praise on specialist foody companies like Easy Bean when he told the gathering at the Royal College of Physicians in London: “All credit to the pioneering small producers who have followed their dreams to create wonderful free from foods.”

We won silver in the Veggie Ready Meals category with the Thai curry, one of several nutritious and exotic one-pot meals which also include Moroccan Tagine, New Mexican Chilli, Indian Sambar, French Cuisinées and African Palava.

As our managing director and Queen of the Bean Christina said after the glitzy award ceremony: “The expert judges really know a good thing when they taste one - if you still haven’t had experienced our one-pot ready meals and crispbreads why not try them and judge for yourself!”



Free-from award for our Thai Edamame Curry

April 3rd, 2017

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Easy Bean has won a top award for its Thai Edamame Curry one-pot ready meal at the “Free-from food Oscars”.

Certificates were presented by celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson at the Allergy and Free-from Show in London.

Easy Bean won silver in the Veggie Ready Meals category with the Thai curry, one of several exotic one-pot meals which also include Moroccan Tagine, New Mexican Chilli, Indian Sambar, French Cuisinées and African Palava.

Mr Worrall Thompson saved particular praise for specialist foody companies such as Easy Bean. He told the gathering: “All credit to the pioneering small producers who have followed their dreams to create wonderful free from foods”.

Our managing director Christina Baskerville said: “It’s great to know our fabulous Thai Edegame curry is appreciated by the expert judges who really know what they’re talking about.

“If anyone still hasn’t tasted our one-pot ready meals and crisp breads, all I can say is why not try them and judge for yourself!”



Seaweed? Eat it - it’s good for you (and v tasty)

March 30th, 2017


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Our new Seaweed & Sesame Crispbread has a true savoury flavour, best described as umami. One of the five basic tastes, umami is a Japanese word that means “a pleasant savoury taste”. The other tastes are sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness.

Seaweed is rich in umami components and Easy Bean uses a colourful blend of native, wild harvested seaweed in our latest Chickpea Crispbread.

Amy Brewer from our Scottish supplier, Mara Seaweed says: “We love the complementary savouriness of seaweed and chickpeas and Easy Bean’s natural handmade products fit with our ethos too.”

In addition, seaweed is highly nutritious, it is mineral rich, a good source of iodine as well as a low-sodium salt replacer. Less than half the salt is used to season this crispbread compared to the rest of the Chickpea Crispbread range.

Oh look, lunchtime - I know what we will be having in the Easy Bean kitchen….



Vote for us!

March 24th, 2017

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We’re off to Birmingham next month for the Farm Shop & Deli Show, and this year there’s an added attraction - we’ve entered the ‘Great New Idea’ competition with our latest tasty crispbreads.

There’s our new Cheddar Cheese variety with its down-to-earth West Country goodness, and we’ll also be putting up the exotic Seaweed and Sesame crispbread.

We know we’re in with a chance but we need your vote - so please go to http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/products?product-great-new-idea=yes and help put our two latest stars onto the winner’s podium!



Polenta and Cheddar - a cross-cultural winner!

March 13th, 2017

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Polenta is a very popular dish in northern Italy - and an ingredient in our super-tasty Easy Bean Cheddar Crunch Chickpea Crispbread.

Along with chickpea flour, rice flour, milk and, of course, cheddar cheese, polenta adds to a winning combination in the ideal any-time snack.

In its original form, polenta is ground cornmeal, often prepared as a meal in its own right and celebrated by many Italians for its many virtues.

So for a little bit of Italy - along with the very West Country taste of cheddar  - try our Cheddar Crunch Chickpea Crispbread.



Coeliac Society launches definitive Guide to Gluten Free Food

March 7th, 2017

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The Coeliac Society of Ireland have launched the 2017 edition of its renowned gluten free Food List - including Easy Bean products. Containing over 300 pages, the Food List includes 6,425 gluten free products widely available in Irish supermarkets. It is made available to all members of the Coeliac Society.

Coeliac disease is estimated to affect 1% of the Irish population (over 47,500 people). It is an auto-immune disease where gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is harmful to those affected.  The disease can manifest itself at any stage in a person’s lifetime, with symptoms including abdominal pain, recurring mouth-ulcers, weight-loss, vomiting and diarrhoea. The only treatment is a gluten-free diet.

The rise in popularity of the gluten free diet has led to increased availability of gluten free products. However, there is a difference in those choosing the gluten free diet for lifestyle reasons versus those diagnosed with coeliac disease.

Fergal O’Sullivan, CEO of the Coeliac Society of Ireland commented: “A tiny amount of gluten can be harmful to someone diagnosed with coeliac disease.  For instance using the same toaster for gluten free and standard bread can lead to cross-contamination and potentially leave a person with coeliac disease very unwell. There is also ‘hidden’ gluten in a range of everyday items including; packaged meats, sauces and confectionary.”

In addition to the items you might expect such as gluten-free breads, pastas and cakes the List details everyday items from cereals and ketchups to crisps and canned goods acceptable to those diagnosed with coeliac disease.