Tag Archives: additives

Anyone for hummus….

1 Jul

Making your own dips is so easy especially when you have a Thermomix! No nasty additives and they taste so much better than store bought.
What’s your favourite?



Love this rule!

2 Jun


Easy Chicken Stuffing!

1 Jun

Did you know that there are more than 50 ingredients in home brand breadcrumbs? This totally disgusts me!

Making breadcrumbs is simple…. Blitz up some bread and you have breadcrumbs!! Of course if you can make your own bread then you know what’s in it and again is so much better for you.

I was cooking a roast chicken tonight and decided to make some stuffing. I had some bread rolls in the freezer from the last time I made the basic bread from the Thermomix EDC and just blitzed them on speed 10 for 20 seconds.

To make the stuffing, I chopped up one carrot, one stick of celery, half an onion, 1 garlic clove and some fresh herbs for about 8 seconds on speed 7. I then added some olive oil and cooked on varoma temperature for 3 minutes on speed 1. Once it had cooled, I added the breadcrumbs (about 1 1/2 cups) and 1 egg to the mixture and combined for a few seconds on speed 4.

So simple and really tasty!!






Real Food – Good, Better, Best Principle

18 Jan



Spread the word…

20 Jun


Packet Soups

9 Jun



I was at work last week getting my lunch out the fridge and I couldn’t help myself when I saw this packet soup next to the sink.  I picked it up and turned it over to have a look at the ingredients…..

Apart from having over 15 additives/preservatives and 45 ingredients, there was something really quite alarming  in one of the ingredients.  As you can see from the photo, this soup is Gluten Free however  if you look at the additive 1450, Starch Sodium Octenylsuccinate which is used as a stabilizer/thickener it is recommended that people on a gluten free diet should avoid.

I cannot stress enough that you need to read the labels of the packaged food you are buying.  The gluten free aisles at the supermarket are becoming more and more popular due to the amount of people trying to avoid gluten in their diets or for those that are diagnosed as coeliac.  If you take the time to read what else is in those foods and actually care about your health, you wouldn’t be buying this crap.  Below are a just a few of the nasty additives in this packet soup.

635 – Disodium 5\’ – ribonucleotides

Flavour Enhancer

Allergic reactions, behavioral problems, headache, heart palpitations, prohibited in foods for infants, should be avoided by asthmatics and people with gout or kidney disease, swelling of the lips and tongue, itchy rash

220 – Sulphur Dioxide


Anaphylaxis, asthma, bronchitis, destroys vitamin B1, diarrhea, HACSG and FIN recommend to avoid, nausea, prohibited in foods for infants, stomach upset, suspected liver, developmental, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurotoxicity, welling, symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy, nettle rash or hives

310 – Propyl Gallate


Asthma, avoid if aspirin sensitive, caused DNA damage in animals, cheilitis, contact dermatitis, FIN recommends to avoid, hyperactivity, prohibited in foods for infants,

320 – Butylated Hydroxyanisole

Asthma, chronic nettle rash or hives, DNA damage, depression, FIN and HACSG recommend to avoid, fatigue, headache, insomnia, prohibited in foods for infants, recognized carcinogen, suspected respiratory, endocrine, skin, immune, liver and neurotoxicity, wheezing

If you don’t have the Chemical Maze app, click here for more information.  This is the quickest way to find out what is really in the food you are buying!

Remember, fresh is best but if you have to buy convenience foods, please read your labels!

Wasabi Peas – innocent snack, I think not!

14 May

Peas 1

Peas 2

A couple of girls at work were eating these wasabi peas today and after trying one for myself, I got the empty packet out the bin and had a look at the ingredients.  You will see under the nutrition information that is says ‘No Added MSG’.

If you have read one of my earlier posts on MSG you will know that there is more than one way to hide MSG.  Two of the additives in this packet are in fact MSG!

Below are the potential side affects from the 3 nasty additives in this packet:

A133 – Brilliant Blue
Allergic reactions, asthma, gastrointestinal symptoms, HACSG and FIN recommend to avoid, may cause hyperactivity, people sensitive to aspirin may wish to avoid, prohibited in foods for infants, suspected carcinogen, suspected mutagen, suspected neurotoxicity, rash or hives

631 – Disodium – Inosinate
Allergic reactions, behavioural problems, headache, heart palpitations, itchy skin rashes, prohibited in foods for infants, should be avoided by asthmatics and people with gout of kidney disease, swelling of the lips and tongue

627 – Disodium – Guanylate
Allergic reactions, behavioural problems, headache, heart palpitations, itchy skin rashes, prohibited in foods for infants, should be avoided by asthmatics and people with gout of kidney disease, swelling of he lips and tongue

This makes me so angry!  I can’t stress enough – please read your  food labels.