The children of Paekākāriki Playcentre need you! If you don’t want their sad crying faces on your conscience, then you better book some tickets to their Stand Up Comedy fundraiser night (You can do that here... www.eventfinda.co.nz... ) St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki Village, 23 June 7.30pm.
Say YES! to happy glad faces today...and have a fab grown ups night out while you’re at it!
Several month ago (161 days ago to be exact, but don't ask me to do the math on that) I posted a message sharing how disappointed I was to find that Countdown bread contains Sulphites. As this substance is linked to bowel cancer I wondered about the wisdom of putting it in our bread. Or anything else for that matter. Since then Countdown has changed its bread labeling, putting at the end of the label (who actually reads this) that it MIGHT contain Sulphites. I'm now even more disappointed in Countdown. Their sneaky bread labeling is downright devious. Telling someone the product might contain a chemical is just not informative. How can one make an informed purchasing decision when the product may or may not have the chemical they are seeking to avoid? Why should food producers be able to get away with this? If the brand is produced on the same production line as other foods containing sulphites, but doesn't actually have sulphites added, this should be stated. Maybe they are making bacon with sulphites added along with the bread, but somehow I doubt it. So, come on Countdown, how about coming clean on this, what's the real story here?
My pick for brand of the week goes to Much Moore Premium Vanilla Ice Cream. That's right folks, unhealthy, sugar-rich ice cream. I'm pleased to report it doesn't contain sulphites though, or any other preservatives, and at 4.9gms of saturated fat per serving, its tolerable as a once in a while treat (compared to say 12 gms of saturated fat for a mince pie). Eating it with yogurt toppings and fruit reduces the overall fat content too, if you are concerned.
Given that you are buying ice cream anyway, I recommend this one. In a 1 litre cardboard pack it is environmentally friendly, easy to use and tastes great. I no longer struggle with rock hard plastic tubs out of the freezer but can easily slice off a serve from the cardboard pack. With a vanilla sandwich stye slice, it can be decorated with other toppings to look restaurant quality. When finished I rinse off the inner package and put it in my cardboard recycling. No more plastic tubs to the tip. Its economical too. $2.80 from Pak in Save, $3.00 from Countdown (did I mention there's no sulphites?) its a convenient way to budget the weekly/fortnightly shop. I challenge all other ice cream manufacturers to switch to cardboard packaging and reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. This recommendation is given independently, with no sponsorship, contractual bias or loads of free ice cream.
Whats your brand of the week?. Share it here and tell us in a sentence or three why its good.