24-30 Jan – Its National Breakfast Week!

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It can sometimes be difficult to find time for breakfast especially if you have a long commute to work each day.

You’re in a packed train carriage, followed by long days in the office at everyone’s beck & call. It’s so much easier & quicker to just pick up something on the go from the passing bakery that probably isn’t the best/healthiest choice to accompany that large cappuccino….

So you quickly grab whatever you find, & its gone in seconds…..you probably didn’t notice or even taste whatever it was and by midday you are absolutely starving….quick run to the vending machine or corner café & grab something…again….not noticing what you’ve eaten, you’ve too much to do – you’ve emails/meetings/clients to see….and so each day/week goes by the same, still no time for breakfast….

Unfortunately, it is often the things we grab that are plied high with sugar and salt, mass produced, the packaging says “Eat Me”, and that’s just what we do…and what I used to do. Sometimes, I’d say to myself I will make a better choice tomorrow,……but kicking that habit can be hard.

Actually, I’ve always loved breakfast but just got out of the routine. However every now & then, I’d make my own muesli at home for the family & always found it to be better than anything I could buy in the supermarkets, so when I was made redundant from my job in Central London, Simply SeedZ breakfast products was born! A delicious and nutritious range with no added sugar or salt, that also contain pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Typical sugar content (from the fruit) per portion is less than one teaspoon!

So now you can enjoy a quick breakfast that is going to keep you going through the day and available to buy online and independent farm shops and delis, and as its national Breakfast Week, with all online orders this week, you will receive a free Breakfast recipe booklet.

Give us a try, our quick porridge pots are perfect for your daily commute!

Visit www.simplyseedz.co.uk to buy online and for more details.

Happy Breakfast Week!

Cathryn.

As featured in Woman & Home Magazine!

wh-headerMy very first press release has happened!

I feature in Woman & Home September magazine in an article named New Directions!

The article is in a regular monthly feature of women who have changed career directions and how they have fulfilled their dreams, ambitions, aspirations, and the challenges faced.

The magazine has some great facts,  health and wellbeing information, shopping, fashion plus recipe ideas. This month also has a feature on Dawn French too.

So if you’re travelling, on holiday or want to have a great read, and find out a little bit more about Simply SeedZ, then pop to the newsstand and pick up your copy.

Lots of interesting articles to read while enjoying your Simply SeedZ breakfast perhaps?!!

And here’s the article in just case you couldn’t get a copy – W&H KitchenND3

 

 

I’m a Finalist!! Heart of England Fine Foods Special Diamond Awards 2013

I’m very excited and pleased to announce that Simply SeedZ has made it to the final stages of the Heart of England Fine Foods Special Diamond Awards in the category of Innovate!!

After submitting products and presenting my business case to a panel of food industry experts and answering their many questions (similar to Dragons Den!) I am delighted to have got this far, especially as a new comer in the food industry!

The winner will be announced on 18th May at a Gala Dinner at the Metropole NEC, Birmingham which will be hosted by Joanne Malin of BBC Midlands Today.

Best get a new frock!!

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Save time & place an order for collection!

Its my first farmers market of 2013 for Simply SeedZ this Saturday (16th Feb) in Malvern, so if you are planning popping along, to save shopping time, you are very welcome to email (cathrynz21@gmail.com) or ring me (01386 791464) with your Simply SeedZ shopping list and I can have your order all ready for collection!

Note that all products are now 40% larger in size too, (all muesli & porridge 500g, all seed mixes 200g) so better value for money and may last longer!

And dont forget, you can buy any three products for only £13.50 directly from me at Malvern!

Hope to see you there, Cathryn 🙂

 

 

Irresistible Flapjack – Simply SeedZ Style!

For some reason, and with many attempts, I have never been brilliant at making flapjack but at last, my fruity flapjack recipe with a little chocolate on top, is a resounding success!

Great as a snack & perfect with a cuppa!

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Full of goodness and of course containing lots of pumpkin and sunflower seeds!  If you want to have a go at making, here’s my recipe!

Ingredients

500g Simply SeedZ Apricot & Cranberry Bircher Muesli

155g butter/margarine

125g soft brown sugar

1 tablespoon golden syrup

Heat oven to 180c and line a baking tray (9 inch)

Melt butter & sugar together in large saucepan

Add syrup and mix.

Add Bircher Muesli & stir thoroughly.

Press into baking tray and bake for approx 30 minutes.

Leave in tin to cool.

Optional topping: melt some dark chocolate and drizzle over cooked flapjack.

Once cooled cut into slices and store in an airtight container. Should keep for a few days, if you can manage to resist!

2012 officially the wettest year on record??

cropped-Coughton-Court-Dec-2012.jpgI hope everyone had a good Christmas with family and friends and not too much over indulgence although, what a poor life we lead, if we cannot enjoy good food and wine in the company of those we love 🙂

So, its nearly New Year – 2013! Where did 2012 go…..but what a fantastic year to remember for some great British achievements:

  • Queens Golden Jubilee June (remember the river pageant in the rain??)
  • London 2012 Olympics August (drier fortunately with remarkable medal results)
  • London 2012 Paralympics September (wet again.. but how inspiring are these guys)
  • Kate & Will expecting their first child! (who cares about the weather!!! – a new Royal in line for the throne!

and even more exciting….

  • November, Simply Seedz launched new super duper packaging (even more exciting!!)

So here we are close to the end of 2012, and I’ve had a really great year, meeting lots of wonderful new customers at various interesting ‘foodie’ events/venues around the Midlands. Despite the weather, I attended Brockencote Hall, Mortimer Country Fair, Coughton Court Cheese & Pickle and Winter Festival, Whitbourne Hall, Breadfest nr Ludlow, monthly Worcestershire Farmers Markets at Malvern, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Stratton Audley Christmas Barn Food Festival to name but a few!

I joined Heart of England Fine Foods, which is an invaluable support to my business helping me with planning and managing my small business.

And in 2012, the following local stores agreed to stock Simply SeedZ products too!

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
Webbs of Wychbold (food hall)
Ellenden Farm Shop, Harvington, Nr Evesham

Black Pig Company, Inkberrow

In 2013, I will be at Malvern on 19th January and then at the Artisan Food Market, 2nd February in Chipping Campden with more events to follow through the year.

So that leaves me to wish you all a very happy New Year and thank you again for your support.

Cathryn xx

 

All your favourites now in larger size cartons!

New bigger cartons of your favourite SeedZ!

At last I am really pleased to announce and introduce my new brand packaging for all my products and (due to popular demand) in much bigger sizes!!

Your favourite sweet and savoury SeedZ has changed to 200g cartons, and all Bircher & Crunchy Muesli and Fruity Porridge are now sold in 500g cartons!

The cartons are British made and designed, made from recycled cardboard that can be recycled again!

 

 

Simple to make Bircher Muesli for Breakfast

My very popular Bircher Muesli recipe is just so easy to prepare for your breakfast tomorrow morning, with no cooking required!

Ingredients (to make 2 x 75g portions)

150g SeedZ Bircher Muesli Mix (Apricot & Cranberry or Banana & Blueberry)

150ml of apple juice or orange juice

1 tbsp low fat Greek yoghurt

Put all ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly.

Cover and chill – for best results minimum 2 hours or preferably overnight.

To serve, grate some apple or slice some banana

If you want a slightly softer consistency, add a little more juice.

Once made your Bircher Muesli will keep for up to 5 days in fridge, if you can resist it for that long 🙂