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Gluten-Free Eating and Morish Nuts

Morish Nuts - Thursday, March 27, 2014


Finding tasty foods to eat whilst managing coeliac disease or maintaining a gluten free diet used to be quite difficult.  Luckily it is fast becoming much easier and gluten free products are becoming readily accessible. These products are necessary for sufferers but are becoming very popular amongst others embracing a gluten free diet and lifestyle for the health benefits. 

Coeliac disease affects at least 1 in 100 Australians, with many remaining undiagnosed and suffering unknowingly. Many Australians also suffer from a gluten intolerance, which means they too cannot consume gluten.

Coeliac disease occurs when the immune system reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat rye, barley and oats. The villi in the intestine, the tiny fingers within the lining, become inflamed and flat and this makes it difficult for the affected person to absorb nutrients from food.

Other symptoms of the disease include and are not limited to –
Lethargy
Dermatitis and other rashes
Stomach pains and cramps
Diarrhoea, vomiting, & bloating
Nutrient deficiencies and their associated complications
Stunted growth in children and teens
Bone and joint pains
Ulcers of the mouth and tongue
Easy bruising

Sufferers of coeliac disease and gluten intolerance need to be extra careful when selecting products so they can avoid these symptoms as this is the only way to manage the disease, but once managed the person can live a very healthy life.  

If you know a person who suffers from coeliac disease or gluten intolerance you will find that they seem to be some of the healthiest people around. Their skin and hair is healthy, they don’t put on too much weight, and actually have plenty of energy.  This might be due to the fact that they replace the breads and pastas with other healthier options as they have no choice. 

The problem with replacing foods such as bread and pasta can mean a lack of energy as you are not receiving the carbohydrates to propel you. But sufferers have found that replacing with nutrient rich foods and eating smaller meals more often combats this problem.  So why not try snacking on some nuts instead of crackers as a gluten free option?  They are full of healthy iron, biotin, calcium, healthy oils, and high in fibre.

The Gluten Free Directory has suggest Morish Nuts as a healthy gluten free option here

Morish Nuts has a huge range of gluten free options to choose from including -

Macadamia crunch
Crunch
Premium Nut Mix
Hot and Spicy Macadamia
Hot and Spicy Peanut
Hot and Spicy Cashew
Cashew 
Almond
Tamari Almond
Jumbo Macadamia
Jumbo Peanut
Peanut Brittle
Raw and Roasted & Salted Macadamia
Crunchy Nougat Bar
Soft Nougat Bar

Benefits of maintaining a gluten free diet can include weight loss, improving digestive health, maintaining cholesterol levels, and increase in energy. This usually occurs because you will be avoiding fried foods (breading), most cakes (high in sugar), breads, pastas, cereals, pastries, doughnuts, and other processed foods. 

You will find yourself eating more whole foods and fresh foods such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, and of course snack foods such as healthy Morish Nuts.

Why not try out a gluten free option today; even if you find it hard to maintain the diet 100% at least you have more excuse to eat Morish Nuts!  









Taste Bud Tours are nuts about Morish!

Morish Nuts - Thursday, March 27, 2014


Like to watch? Have you been wondering how exactly we create the marvellous nut flavours and what our roasting techniques are like? We welcome you to come and visit our new production site at 640 Great Northern Hwy, Herne Hill.

We thank local MLA Alicia Hayden for officiating our recent grand opening to the new facility.  Our lovely customers can now come and enjoy watching the roasting process. We have a huge selection for sale in our retail store also, including macadamias, peanuts, mixes, cashews, and almonds. 

As well as your favourites, we also enjoy a bit of nutty experimentation and depending on the day you come to see us you will be able to try our wasabi, abalone or truffle flavour creations! 

Taste Bud Tours has added our bustling Morish Nuts factory to their tour itinerary and featured us on their website. If you select the Good Food, Wine & Beer Tour you will be visiting Mondo Nougat & Morish Nuts at the same site.  Customers have the delight of watching two delicious treats being made for them to taste and having the opportunity to purchase some to take home. 

Morish Nuts is so excited to be a Taste Bud Tours stop site and we welcome you to come and visit!

Macadamia crusted Barramundi

Morish Nuts - Monday, March 10, 2014

Warm nights call for easy and breezy dishes, best enjoyed with friends and family. Next time you want to wow your guests, try this dish – its delicious, and best of all easy to make!

 

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups roasted macadamia nuts

1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons water

4 x 180g barramundi fillets

1/4 cup olive oil

lemon wedges, aioli and green salad, to serve.

METHOD

Step 1

Process nuts and breadcrumbs in a food processor to fine crumbs. Remove to a shallow dish. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Lightly beat eggs and water together in a shallow dish. Dip both sides of fish fillets into egg mixture. Coat with breadcrumb mixture, pressing on with your fingertips. Transfer to a plate. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook fish for 3 to minutes each side or until golden.

Step 4

Serve fish with lemon, aioli and salad.

Recipe thanks to:
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1403/macadamia+crusted+barramundi

Make the most of Summer salads!

Morish Nuts - Monday, March 10, 2014

Summer is almost over – so make the most of the hot weather with this beautiful tropical salad, paired perfectly with our delicious macadamias: http://www.morish.com.au/macadamia

 

Mango, avocado & macadamia salad


INGREDIENTS
1 ripe mango

1 ripe avocado

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard

1 long red chilli, deseeded and sliced

100g rocket leaves

1 cup macadamia nuts, crushed

METHOD

Step 1

Chop the mango and avocado into small cubes of the same size and set aside. Make sure you don’t bruise them and keep them in a good, even shape.

Step 2

To make the dressing: Mix the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, mustard and sliced chilli together in a small bowl.

Step 3

Put the rocket in a large bowl, add the mango and avocado and the dressing and gently toss to combine.

Step 4

Sprinkle with the macadamia nuts to serve.

Recipe thanks to:
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/27306/mango+avocado+macadamia+salad


Can almonds lower your cholesterol?

Morish Nuts - Monday, March 10, 2014

We love almonds – not just because they’re delicious, but because they’re full of vitamin E, calcium, and have the potential to lower your cholesterol. But just how do they do that?

Take a look at the stats below from Healthaliciousness.com [http://www.healthaliciousness.com/blog/How-much-do-almonds-lower-cholesterol.php]:

Numerous studies report up to a 10% reduction of bad Cholesterol (LDLs) for study particpants consuming almonds versus those who don't. This reduction occurs without harming levels of good cholesterol (HDLs).1-4 The results show you simply have to consume almonds without making any other changes to your diet.

In order to achieve a 10% reduction in LDL cholesterol aim to eat around 73 grams of almonds per day. That is about half a cup of almonds, and around 400 calories from almonds alone. One dose-response study of almonds showed a 5% reduction in LDL cholesterol per 1/4 cup of almonds, and 10% for a 1/2 cup.2 Studies have not been done if you eat a full cup of almonds. However, since almonds are high in calories, it is not recommended that you eat more than a cup a day. Below is a graph representing how almonds might affect your cholesterol numbers. It assumes your current cholesterol level is 200 (mg/dL).

With several studies1-4 reporting a 10% decline in LDL cholesterol from eating almonds, it is recommended that you eat almonds as part of your plan to lower your cholesterol numbers.

Health benefits of macadamias

Morish Nuts - Monday, March 10, 2014

At Morish Nuts, we love macadamias! They’re sweet, refreshing and burtsting with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as mono-unsaturated fatty acids, perfect for a healthy heart.

Here are some more health benefits of macadamias:

  • Macadamia nuts have sweet taste and are rich source of energy. 100 g of nuts provide about 718 calorie/100 g, which is one of the highest values among nuts.
  • They are packed with numerous health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness
  • 100 g of macadamia provides 8.6 g or 23% of daily-recommended levels of dietary fiber. Additionally, they are a very good source of phytosterols such as β-sitosterol. However, the nuts contain no cholesterol.
  • Since macadamia is free from gluten, it is one of the popular ingredients in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas. Such formula preparations are a healthy alternative in patients with wheat gluten allergy and celiac disease.
  • The nuts are rich source of mono-unsaturated fatty (MUF) like oleic acid (18:1) and palmitoleic acids (16:1). Studies suggest that MUF fats in the diet help lower total as well as LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels in the blood. The Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fiber, MUF fats and antioxidants work favorably in maintaining healthy blood lipid profile and thus offer protection from coronary artery disease and strokes.
  • Macadamias are an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. 100 g nuts provide 3.6 µg of selenium. Selenium is a cardio-protective micro-mineral and an important anti-oxidant cofactor for glutathione peroxidase enzyme.
  • Furthermore, the nuts are also rich in many important B-complex vitamins that are vital for metabolic functions. 100 g of nuts provide 15% of niacin, 21% of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), 100% of thiamin, and 12% of riboflavin.
  • They contain small amounts of vitamin-A, and vitamin E. Both these fat-soluble vitamins possess potent anti-oxidant activities, which serve to protect cell membranes and DNA damage from harmful oxygen-free radicals.

[Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/macadamia-nut.html]

>> Check out our full macadamia range here: http://www.morish.com.au/macadamia

Raw Macadamia Lime Cheesecake

Morish Nuts - Sunday, January 19, 2014

Raw Macadamia Lime Cheesecake


(Makes one 20cm cheesecake)

Base:

Grind all the base ingredients up together in the Thermomix on speed 9 for 20 seconds, or until finely ground.

- 130g raw macadamia nuts (http://www.morish.com.au/macadamia/morish-jumbo-raw-macadamia )

- 70g organic shredded or flaked coconut (additive free)

- 8 fresh dates (eg. Medjool), pitted

- a pinch of fine Himalayan salt

   Grease the inside of a 20cm springform cake tin with coconut oil. Press the base mixture firmly into the base of the tin, and up the sides if you like. Set aside.

Filling:

Blitz vanilla beans and lime zest on speed 10 for 10 seconds.

- 2 vanilla beans, snipped into 4 pieces (can use 1 bean in a pinch)

- zest from 2 limes (just peel off with a sharp potato peeler)

Add cashews and grind on speed 10 for 8 seconds.

- 150g raw cashews*

Add remaining ingredients and blend on speed 9 for 1 minute, scraping down as needed, until lovely and smooth.

- flesh of 1 lime

- 320g fresh avocados (or frozen, cut in 1-2cm cubes)

- 100g pure maple syrup

- 55g coconut oil

- a pinch of fine Himalayan salt

Pour filling into springform tin, spreading over the base. Place in freezer for at least half an hour.

* If using soaked raw cashews, only soak for up to 6 hours, drain well and pat dry with tea towel, then mix with the other ingredients (lime, avocado, etc) all at once, blending until smooth.

Topping:

Mix together until smooth on speed 9:

- 150g raw macadamias (soaked for a few hours, then drained and dried off a bit)

- 150g Ayam coconut cream (or other thick coconut cream)

- 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

- juice of 1 lime

- 30g pure maple syrup

Pour over filling and smooth with spatula.

Decoration:

While topping is still soft, before freezing, add extra macadamia nuts and lime zest for decoration, sprinkling first the nuts, then the zest, around the edge of the cheesecake. (See photos)

- a good sized handful of macadamia nuts, roughly chopped (if you haven't bought them already in pieces)

- zest of one lime, grated with a zester

Place the finished cheesecake, covered with a plastic bag, in the freezer and leave it alone for at least 2 hours, preferably more. It's best eaten semi-frozen. It will last for weeks in the freezer... but we all know that's not going to happen. ;)

Enjoy!

Source: http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/raw-macadamia-lime-cheesecake-dairy-free.html 

Nutty Christmas Jokes!

Morish Nuts - Monday, December 23, 2013

Hold onto your paper hats, because we’ve compiled a list of some of the cheesiest, corniest (and not to mention nuttiest) Christmas cracker jokes of all time! What would you add to the list?

What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?
Claustrophobia!

Why does Santa have three gardens?
So he can 'ho ho ho'!

Why did Santa's helper see the doctor?
Because he had a low "elf" esteem!

What kind of motorbike does Santa ride?
A Holly Davidson!

What do you call a cat in the desert?
Sandy Claws!

Who delivers presents to cats?
Santa Paws!

What do you call Father Christmas in the beach?
Sandy Clause!

What did the sea say to Santa?
Nothing! It just waved!

What does Santa do with fat elves?
He sends them to an Elf Farm!

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?
A Christmas Quacker!

Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?
Santa Jaws

What says Oh Oh Oh?
Santa walking backwards!

Who is Santa's favorite singer?
Elf-is Presley!

What do you call Santa's little helpers?
Subordinate clauses!

What do Santa's little helpers learn at school?
The elf-abet!

What did Santa say to the smoker?
Please don't smoke, it's bad for my elf!

Where do elves go to dance?
Christmas Balls!

What do elves eat for breakfast?
Frosted Flakes!

What type of Shoes does Santa wear when he travels on a train?
Platforms!

What do you get if Santa goes down the chimney when a fire is lit?
Krisp Kringle!

What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees?
Horn-aments!

Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?
They always drop their needles!

Did Rudolph go to school?
No. He was Elf-taught!

What happened to the turkey at Christmas?
It got gobbled!

Why did the turkey join the band?
Because it had the drumsticks!

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frostbite!

What do snowmen wear on their heads?
Ice caps!

How do snowmen get around?
They ride an icicle

What song do you sing at a snowman's birthday party?
Freeze a jolly good fellow!

What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
It's Christmas, Eve!

What carol is heard in the desert?
O camel ye faithful!

What do angry mice send to each other at Christmas?
Cross Mouse Cards!

What is the best xmas present in the world?
A broken drum, you just can't beat it!

How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?
Fleece Navidad!

How did Scrooge with the football game?
The ghost of christmas passed!

What athlete is warmest in winter?
A long jumper!

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?
Tinsilitis!

What is the worst disease that you get at Christmas?
Excemas!

What's the most popular Christmas wine?
'I don't like Brussels sprouts!'

Why do ghosts live in the fridge?
Because it's cool!

What happened to the man who stole an Advent Calendar?
He got 25 days!

What did the beaver say to the Christmas Tree?
Nice gnawing you!

What's the best thing to put into a Christmas Cake?
Your teeth!

What do you get if you cross a bell with a skunk?
Jingle Smells!

Where would you find chili beans?
At the north pole!

Why don't penguins fly?
Because they're not tall enough to be pilots!

What do sheep say at Christmas?
Wool-tide Bleatings! or A Merry Christmas to Ewe!

What do you call a bunch of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

What's green, covered in tinsel and goes ribbet ribbet?
Mistle-toad!

Pineapple & Macadamia Christmas Cake

Morish Nuts - Thursday, December 12, 2013

You’ll Need:

2 cups mixed dried fruit

1/3 cup brandy

185g unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

3/4 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained

1 cup roughly chopped macadamias (http://www.morish.com.au/macadamia/morish-jumbo-raw-macadamia)

1 cup plain flour, sifted

1 cup self raising flour, sifted

1/3 cup milk

440g can pineapple rings, drained, to serve

Whole macadamias and glace cherries, to serve

Ready made caramel sauce, to serve, if desired

Method:
Step 1

Place the mixed dried fruit in a large non-metallic bowl. Add the brandy, stir then cover and stand overnight.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and double line a deep 20cm (base measurement) round cake pan.

Step 3

Fold a couple of layers of newspaper around the outside of the pan and tie with string (this will insulate the cake and prevent it cooking too fast and burning).

Step 4

Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat with electric beaters until light and creamy. Add the eggs gradually and continue to beat until well combined. Fold through the soaked dried fruit, crushed pineapple and macadamias.

Step 5

Fold through the flour, alternating with the milk, until mixture is just combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth over the surface.

Step 6

Place the pan on several layers of newspaper and place in the oven. Bake for 1 3/4 hours, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. To serve, top with pineapple rings, macadamias and cherries and a drizzle of caramel sauce if desired.

Source: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/22966/pineapple+and+macadamia+christmas+cake

Nuts adding value to WA tourism status

Morish Nuts - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Western Australia is fast becoming known as a world culinary destination and, according to the Hon Alyssa Hayden, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Tourism, Swan Valley producers such as Morish Nuts, are making this happen.

 

 Almost 80 guests,  including politicians, industry leaders,  Virgin Airline  representative, business owners and personalities, turned up for the unveiling of Morish Nuts new purpose-built shop and factory, strategically situated along the mecca tourist strip of the Swan Valley, on Monday, November 25.

 

According to Ms Hayden, Morish Nuts decision to move from their former premises in East Perth was their best move yet.

 

 “There are 2.1 million day trippers who visit the Swan Valley each year and the region attracts $284 million in visitor expenditure,” pointed out Ms Hayden.

 

“The Swan Valley offers a variety of produce and showcases the best of our region. Morish Nuts is the perfect addition to the Swan Valley and will complement a great range of products and attractions in the region for visitors to enjoy.”

 

The launch, which gave guests the opportunity to view a visual feast as to how these nutty delights are produced was a way, according to founder and owner Archie Moroni, of showcasing the company which turns over $3 million annually, necessary expansion.

 

“The Swan Valley is a perfect location for Morish Nuts as it fulfills all our business expectations will add to the West Australian tourism dollars and enable the business to provide employment opportunities.”

 

A far cry from the days as a university student who, together with partner and co-founder, Marie Mapp, would roast batches of nuts over a camping stove in their rented townhouse to pay for his studies.

 

Marie would pack the products into a cellophane bag and tie with ribbon before the couple sold their wares at markets, universities and country fairs.

 

These days Morish Nuts with the catch phrase “Just One More…!” can found be at expos, royal shows, boutique stores and independent supermarkets in Perth.

 

Morish Nuts piece de resistance is the conquering of two of Australia’s major airline players – Virgin Australia of which Morish Nuts has been providing delectable products for more than a decade and, more recently adding Jetstar to their high altitude clients!

 

In other words – the sky is the limit for Morish Nuts.


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