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Five reasons why you need to try hemp pasta – and what to serve with it

Spoiler alert: It’s high in protein, has tonnes of nutritional value and it’s good for the environment.

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Hemp pasta with chickpea soup, made by Buonissima co-founder Bruno Rutigliano

Chef and founder of UK-based hemp pasta brand Buonissima, Bruno Rutigliano shares his favourite recipes. 

Bruno Rutigliano, grew up in a town in southern Italy, in a family with a shared passion for homemade pasta.

After moving to the UK 10 years ago, his visits home would reignite in him his Italian roots and first love; good food.

Bruno has spent six months creating the perfect recipe for his Buonissima pasta, which is made from hemp flour and organic Senatore Cappelli durum wheat, grown in his hometown.

The result is a light, slightly nutty-flavoured pasta which is vegan, gluten free and filled with nutritional value.

But this is not the sort of pasta you comfort eat on the coach after a long day.

Bruno Rutigliano, CEO and founder of Buonissima

“People who buy this pasta are people who are passionate about food,” says Bruno.

“It’s not the sort of pasta you eat every day, it’s an experience. People who understand the product know the difference.”

So what is the difference, and what makes it superior to your average supermarket packet of pasta?

It contains all of the omegas 

Hemp flour contains the fatty acids, omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, which are all unsaturated fats with a host of health benefits. All three support heart health, while omega-3 is also thought to be great for reducing inflammation and omega-6 has been shown to alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. 

It’s rich in fibre 

Hemp pasta is rich in fibre which is good for heart health, as well as digestion and keeping everything moving as it should. It can also help you feel fuller for longer, can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels and assist in preventing some diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer.

It’s high in protein

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According to Bruno, it’s a great choice for sportspeople and athletes due to its high protein content. It’s also light which means you can fill up and get the energy you need, but doesn’t leave you feeling bloated and sluggish like a big bowl of white pasta can.

It’s vegan and gluten-free

Buonissima’s pasta is completely vegan making it ideal for those who are moving towards a more plant-based diet. 

It’s sustainable

Hemp flour is a great ingredient due to its sustainability and positive impact on the environment. Hemp grows quickly, requiring little to no pesticides and absorbs 15 tonnes of Co2 per hectare – 25 times that of the equivalent size rainforest.

As Bruno adds: “Hemp has been used for thousands of years, it’s cheap, you can grow it anywhere and it’s good for the planet.”

Here are two of Bruno’s favourite ways to dish up hemp pasta:

 

Hemp pasta with chickpea soup 

Ingredients:

– Hemp pasta Mezzemaniche Buonissima

– chickpeas

– rosemary

– cherry tomatoes

Preparation 

-Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add Buonissima Mezzemaniche (around 70g per person) and cook for around seven minutes

– While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce: put the cooked chickpeas in a large bowl, boil for five minutes along with garlic and rosemary. Once tender use a fork or a potato masher to mash half of it.

– Once the pasta is al dente, add to the sauce pan and stir for around two minutes adding a bit of pasta water. 

– Put it in a dish and add some black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh rosemary to garnish

– Buon appetito! 

 

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Hemp and white rice penne with tofu and black olives (gluten free)

Ingredients

– Buonissima white rice and hemp penne

– Black olives

– Tofu

– Basil

– Buonissima hemp seeds

Preparation

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add Buonissima Penne ( 70g per person) and cook it for about seven minutes

– While pasta is cooking prepare the sauce. Add in a bowl about 150g of tofu, basil leaves, few capers and a hint of salt. Mix it using an immersion blender.

– Cut 10 black olives in small pieces 

– In a separate pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, when hot add 20g of Buonissima hemp seeds until toasted 

– Add the pasta to the sauce and serve topped with fresh basil, olives and the toasted seeds

– Buon appetito!

For more recipes, follow Bruno on Instagram @buonissimauk

 

 

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Silly Goose Coffee: Wake up and smell the CBD

The team behind Silly Goose Coffee explores the benefits of taking CBD in your morning cup of coffee.

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CBD infused coffee is one that often leaves people scratching their heads. Silly Goose Coffee explores the benefits of taking CBD in your morning cuppa.

CBD and coffee seem like strange bedfellows to some, but for Silly Goose Coffee it’s a combination as perfect as honking at strangers and scaring children.

In spite of the recent proliferation of CBD in almost everything (even if you live under a rock there is a pretty good chance it’s CBD infused now), CBD infused coffee is still one that leaves people scratching their heads. It’s easy to understand why; arguably the thing that CBD is best known for is improving sleep quality, and unarguably the thing that coffee is best known for is prying us from our collective daze every morning, so it feels like a tug-o-war in your brain. 

Silly Goose Coffee, is a coffee roaster selling CBD infused coffee direct to consumers, with coffees in compostable Nespresso pods and bags, and founder, Matt Swinburne, is unsurprisingly quick to champion the benefits. 

“Coffee and CBD are fantastic together, far from fighting they actually make each other better,” he says.

“I think the confusion is that people think of CBD like a traditional sleeping pill that basically knocks you over the head with a giant cartoon mallet but that is not the case.”

It’s an amusing analogy, but he’s right (warning nerdiness follows). Rather than wrestling your brain to sleep, CBD works with the natural endocannabinoid system, which is involved in governing all sorts of rhythms and cycles. Essentially it improves your natural cycle, which means better sleep quality when you should be sleeping, and can actually make you more alert during the waking part of the cycle. Nature is awesome.

“Our customers also find that it improves the coffee moment,” adds founder, Patrick.

“Smoothing the caffeine hit, so you don’t get so much of a spike and crash. They tell us it delivers more prolonged focus and mitigates the anxiety and jitters some people get.”

Patrick is quick to point out that it’s not a one-way street: “CBD definitely improves the coffee, but to coffee’s credit it’s good for the CBD too. Because it has a cumulative effect, the key to getting the benefits of CBD is to take it every day. I don’t know about you, but I have a shelf full of supplements I forget to take, but I can’t imagine a world where I neglect to drink my morning coffee.”

There are a few CBD coffee companies around now, so what makes Silly Goose different?

Well for one, they offer a range of CBD free coffee.

“We love CBD but we’re not just a CBD coffee company, we are a coffee company that does CBD,” says Patrick. “It’s paramount that the coffee is as good as any of our competitors that don’t offer CBD.”

That commitment to the quality of the coffee led to them developing a method to infuse the CBD into the beans in a way that delivers the best CBD but doesn’t affect the flavour.

“We found that some products can taste a bit weird. Our method leaves the coffee delicious and ensures that the CBD makes it to the cup as nature intended, terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids intact. By preserving their natural form, they work together, having a multiplying effect to provide you with maximum benefits,” explains Patrick.

They are also committed to responsible practices. As well as offering their coffee in compostable Nespresso pods and sustainable packaging, Silly Goose likes to partner with organisations to make a positive impact. Project Waterfall is a charity that builds clean water infrastructure in coffee farming communities, and they work with Ecologi to plant trees to offset their carbon impact. Matt is also quick to point out that they don’t have a private jet – “not even a small one”. 

Jokes aside Matt is keen to say that their guiding principle is simple.

He adds: “Every day we make sure everything we are doing is good for our customers, our community, and our planet, and if it’s not, we stop doing it.”

Sounds good to us.

Silly Goose Coffee is available in compostable Nespresso Pods, and bags of whole beans or ground coffee. You can order it straight to your door one off, or by subscription at sillygoosecoffee.com.

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How Rebel Wine is starting a conversation about CBD

At the end of festival season the Rebel Wine team reflects on changing attitudes towards CBD

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Rebel Wine has been spreading the word about CBD this summer

The team at Rebel Wine have been at festivals up and down the country this summer, starting conversations about the benefits of CBD products.

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Team Rebel have just come back from our last festival for the season and whilst we are celebrating with a 15 percent discount on all our products, we are also reflecting on the conversations we had in the last few weeks.

We were pleasantly surprised. We know the CBD movement is gathering momentum. We also know that CBD is good for you. What we didn’t know when we set out for our first event was that in general people are CBD aware and intrigued by its beneficial properties.

Some of our conversations have been with people taking CBD to manage conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. One conversation was immediately followed by another with an NHS nurse who recognised the benefits. Although they can’t openly recommend it, they were delighted to see us having frank and open discussions about CBD.

Other conversations were with those who want to try it, but perhaps feel a little too shy to ask, or those who think they will become addicted, which of course you won’t. We are thrilled to have those conversations, to reassure, affirm and gather more CBD followers.

We had chats with serving armed forces personnel, a tube driver working for Transport For London (who have a zero tolerance on CBD products) and police officers who are all aware of the benefits but unsure how this will translate when regular drug testing is carried out. Will it appear or not?

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We know that CBD is legal, but could you lose your job if you take it as part of a holistic lifestyle choice rather than conventional medicines? This of course will be down to each individual employer, we can’t comment and this topic certainly needs more in-depth work.

Then there are those who enjoy a glass of wine and are curious about the CBD element and how this affects the taste – it doesn’t in any way. Why put CBD in wine? Our wine is delicious, while CBD can taste bitter and earthy.

In summary, CBD chat is great and it’s clear that we need more to support the growth of the industry, to remove the myths and reassure the public.

CBD will become a more standard solution to everyday aches and pains for longer sustained periods of time. It’s a natural product used for thousands of years and its gathering momentum. The public are curious, let’s all continue those chats and stay informed to be informative.

For more information visit www.rebelwine.co.uk 

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