Visionary Foods - Organic food for U
At Visionary Foods we are proud of our region and its wonderful selection of food and drink, and we hope to share this love with as many people as possible. Our aim is to provide a wonderful selection of Northumbrian products packaged with a real touch of class so that you can treat yourself or really impress someone else.
All of our gift boxes and hampers can be ordered securely over the internet and we'll courier them to you next day for the cost price of £7.99 - or you can specify a delivery date that suits you. Please see 'Ordering Information/Delivery' for full details.
Visionary Foods - Father's Day
Be creative this year - give Dad a gift he can really savour! Try some of the UK's finest cheese, teamed with home-made oatcakes and locally brewed beers - See our 'Beer, Wine & Cheese' hamper selection for a full choice of stylish boxes. If your Dad prefers something stronger, there's always the Legendary Alnwick Rum - choose it beautifully gift wrapped by itself or as part of a cocktail box - see 'Alnwick Rum' for all the options!
Or - Give Dad Something Different!
This year we've teamed up with Leaf Clothing to provide another option for Father's Day- a superb Jeffrey West silk scarf and handkerchief set - see 'Other Gifts'.
Dark Secrets Gift Boxes from Visionary Foods
We're very proud to be working with Alnwick Rum, the legendary locally-devised dark rum favoured by world renowned wine critic Oz Clark. Our new 'Dark Secrets' gift boxes contain all that's needed to make a wonderful Alnwick Rum cocktail - the perfect gift for anyone you know who enjoys a party! See our 'Alnwick Rum' box selection to choose your favourite.
Visionary Foods also provide stylish bespoke corporate gift boxes and hampers to really impress your clients. We can develop a box to suit your specific needs. Either give us a call on 0191 640 8710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll contact you to discuss.
As our featured gift boxes and hampers contain alcoholic products, we regret that we are unable to accept orders if you are under 18. If you would like to purchase a gift box without alcohol, please call us direct
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Visit The Soil Association’s website (www.whyorganic.org) for more information about all things organic.
We repeat here the 10 main reasons to eat organic:
1. It's healthy
On average, organic food contains higher levels of Vitamin C and essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants.
2. No nasty additives
Organic food doesn’t contain food additives which can cause health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity. Amongst the additives banned by the Soil Association are hydrogenated fat, aspartame (artificial sweetener) and monosodium glutamate.
3. Avoids pesticides
Over 400 chemical pesticides are routinely used in conventional farming and residues are often present in non-organic food.
Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are not allowed under organic standards.
5. Reliance on drugs removed
There is growing concern about the high use of antibiotics on farm animals and the possible effects on human health. Soil Association standards prohibit the routine use of antibiotics.
6. No hidden costs
Tax payers fork out Â£120 million to pay for chemicals to be removed from drinking water, mainly as a result of the pesticides used in farming.
7. High standards
Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year. The standards for organic food are laid down in European law.
8. Care for animals
Animal welfare is taken very seriously under organic standards. The benefits of the organic approach are acknowledged by animal welfare organisations such as Compassion in World Farming as well as the UK government.
9. Good for wildlife and the environment
The UK government has said that it is better for wildlife, causes lower pollution from sprays, produces less carbon dioxide â€“ the main global warming gas â€“ and less dangerous waste.
10. Top for taste
Many people prefer organic food because they say it tastes better. A number of top chefs choose organic, and every year many are involved in the Soil Association’s Organic Food Awards.
Visionary Foods offers a range of organic foods for delivery across the UK
Nice things people in the media have said about Visionary Foods "The ultimate health conscious fast food" Health & Fitness Magazine "Good-sized chunks of fresh vegetables, pulses and spices make up these 100% organic, wholesome one-pot vegetable braises." Good Food "I was really impressed. The products were really tasty and fitted a detox regime perfectly" Carol Vordeman in Natural Products News
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When you boil potatoes in a saucepan, they take 20-30 minutes to cook. But boil them in a pressure cooker, and they will be ready in 4-5 minutes. Why?
In a saucepan, water boils at 212°F (100°C). No matter how much you heat the water, the temperature can never go any higher. It just turns into steam. But a pressure cooker has a sealed lid, so steam produced when the water boils builds up inside. As the pressure rises, so does the boiling point of the water. The cooking temperature is therefore increased, which reduces the time needed to cook the food.
The domestic pressure cooker evolved from a 'steam digester' patented in Britain by a French physicist, Denis Papin, in 1679. A typical modern cooker operates at an extra pressure of about 151b per square inch (1kg per square cm), or at about twice normal air pressure. So the water boils at 252°F (122°C).
The pressure cooker has a saucepan-like base and a domed lid. A rubber gasket between the two ensures a pressure-tight seal. In the centre of the lid is a vent in which a weight is placed. The weight seals the vent, but lifts when the steam inside reaches the required pressure. Rings can be added or removed, giving the cook a range of temperatures. There is also a safety plug in the cover, which releases the pressure if the weight fails to rise.Milk for schools