Monday, 15 November 2010

Life at Indigo

All right, I know I'm biased, but it's great to be part of a successful independent business. I work in the shop three days a week and the greatest satisfaction I have is getting to know customers and becoming friends with them. Being part of a community is part of being alive.
But just to balance the picture, my biggest dread is having to change the refill boxes on the Ecover Refill 'Station'. Several customers have seen me covered in Fabric Conditioner! Still, nine times out of ten I get it right with help from friendly customers. Introducing the refills was definitely 'a good idea'!
I have a retirement date in mind - not getting any younger - but when it comes, will I actually want to go? It's not for several years so no need to worry yet.

Flax Seed or Linseed?

Flax Seed and Linseed are two different names for the same seed.  I understand that Flax is the US name and Linseed is the English name, however, I have products by both names in store.

Linseed is high in fibre and contains high levels of Alpha-Linolenic Acid more commonly known as Omega 3 essential fatty acid.  It contains lower levels of both Omega 6 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids.

In its whole form Linseed is a small brown seed.  It is also commonly hulled and the hulled version is a golden colour.  As with most seeds and grains the greatest nutritional content is contained in the hull.  The difficulty with this is that the hull is very dense and doesn't breakdown during digestion.  This means that the Linseed can pass straight through without releasing its nutritional content.  This means that if you are unable to grind the Whole Linseed up its better to use the Golden (hulled) Linseed.

For convenience I stock a ground version and two combinations of ground linseed.  One combination also contains ground almonds, brazil nuts, walnut and Co-enzyme Q10.  The other contains ground sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and goji berries as well as ground Linseed.  Both combinations are highly nutritious and are excellent sprinkled on cereals or mixed into juices or smoothies.

In addition, Linseed can be bought as a nutritional supplement, as an oil and also in capsule form.  Two Linseed oil capsules are an essential part of my daily supplement intake.

Friday, 12 November 2010

New Product: Suma Brand Bouillon Powder

Suma have launched their most ambitious product to date.  Suma's Bouillon Powder takes on the virtual monopoly that Marigold Foods have for this iconic product.  Fans of Delia Smith will be particularly familiar Bouillon as this is one of her essential products.

Suma Bouillon is available in a vegetarian and a vegan/reduced salt version, but both versions contain less salt than usual while keeping the flavour and characteristics of this useful and versatile product.  The product contains no preservatives, no artificial colours and no genetically modified material.

For convenience Suma's Bouillon comes with a scoop and in a polypropylene tub that can easily be reused or recycled.  The product has been approved by the Vegetarian Society and the Vegan Society (vegan version).

Suma's Bouillon is in store now and costs £1.15. It is currently on special offer - 150g for the price of 100g. If you're not yet convinced pick up a free sample when you next visit Indigo.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Christmas at Indigo

Christmas at Indigo starts at the beginning of November and this year is no exception. My organic Christmas goodies are now in stock and are displayed by the counter.  My range includes cakes, puddings and mince pies.  There are some seasonal ingredients such as mince pie filling, redcurrant jelly and cranberry sauce.  Furthermore there are many interesting Christmas presents including the Mayan Magic Raw Chocolate Making Kit, and the Whole Nutmegs and Nutmeg Grater.

Indigo is the place to come for gluten free Christmas goodies.  I have gluten free Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies.  Another favourite is the fair trade chocolate advent calender from Divine.

My extensive range of ethical body-care products provides an excellent choice for Christmas presents as well.  I stock delightful items by Jason, Natural by Nature, Faith in Nature, Weleda, Green People, Yaoh and Rawganics.

Other Christmas present ideas include the ever popular sprouting jars and trays and large range of seeds to sprouts.