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Ethical Kitchen Herby Chickpea Balls with Tomato Sauce

0 Posted by in Ethical Kitchen Recipes, Fair trade, Food & drink on April 24th 2014

Serves 3
Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking: 20 mins

2 slices white bread, crusts off and torn into pieces
75g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, 50g roughly chopped and 25g grated
400g can chickpeas, drained
3 garlic cloves, 2 roughly chopped and 1 crushed
2 tsp dried oregano
small handful basil leaves, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
560ml jar passata with onions and garlic
200g spaghetti, linguine or tagliatelle

1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas mark 7. Whizz the bread and roughly chopped parmesan in a food processor to crumbs, then add the chickpeas, roughly chopped garlic, half the oregano, a few basil leaves and some seasoning. Pulse until the mixture starts to come together, then add just enough of the egg while the motor is running to bind together. Shape into 18 small balls. Transfer to an oiled baking sheet and cook in the oven for 15 mins, turning halfway.

2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, fry the crushed garlic in the olive oil for 1 min. Then add the passata, the remaining oregano and some seasoning (a little chilli is also nice if you fancy a bit of heat!) and simmer until the chickpea balls are browned and the mixture is cooked through. Cook the pasta to your liking, following the pack instructions.

3. When the chickpea balls are cooked, serve over the pasta with the tomato sauce and the rest of the basil on top. Sprinkle with the grated parmesan.

Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food

Coconut oil, the best thing in the world?

1 Posted by in Gluten Free, Health and Wellbeing, Inspiration, Useful on April 16th 2014

Biona Coconut oilCoconut oil is big, not long ago people would have given you a strange look if you told them you put coconut oil in your hair. Now it seems as though everyone is using it for a whole range of different weird and wonderful uses from treating skin conditions to making your teeth whiter!
I’ve started to use coconut oil for cooking and I think it is great, I just wish someone had told me about it sooner! I’ve not gone quite so far as to putting it in my hair yet, I am a bloke afterall so it’s just not going to happen, but I have been reliably informed it does wonders for split ends…

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Easter Egg recycling

0 Posted by in Food & drink, Green Living, recycling on April 15th 2014

This week the Guardian wrote an interesting post about Sainsbury’s offering dedicated packaging recycling bins. The first facility of its kind, being trialled in 50 stores, this will allow customers to recycle all elements of typical Easter Egg packaging – the foil, plastic, card, film and ribbon. This relies on customers remembering to take their rubbish back to the store next time they visit, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. We’re looking forward to seeing what usage this scheme gets.Delicious Easter chocolate eggs

This got us thinking about reducing the waste needed in the first place – we all know the 3 Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The first step to cutting household waste still going into landfill is to reduce the demand, but with tasty chocolate Easter treats available, not many people want to cut back and deny themselves or the kids! And, indeed, we don’t need to with clever reductions in packaging or bulk buying options for our chocolate needs.

Clever folk like Montezuma’s have come up with the Eco Egg, designed in an entirely biodegradable outer shell which protects the egg and forms the whole package, doing away with the need for an outer box or any plastic covering. Brilliant! (and delicious). Divine’s beautiful Luxury Eggs don’t require the hard outer plastic shell that many eggs come with, which isn’t widely recycled. Plus their cute Easter Egg Hunt Kit comes in a traditional cardboard egg box with the eggs simply wrapped in colourful foil – fun and recyclable!

For those of us who want to minimise the packaging even more, there’s always a few bars of chocolate to tickle the tastebuds and take up less room, and cardboard, than an egg.

Many of Ethical Superstore’s carefully sourced Easter treats are also Fairtrade meaning the growers get paid a fair wage, and we also have organic options meaning no pesticides or nasties getting into your food or the environment. So your chocolate treats this Easter make you feel good in more ways than one!

The New Eco Friendly Kettle – Make Way for Colonel Thermal

0 Posted by in New Product, Technology, We LOVE on April 1st 2014

If you like your coffee (or tea!) like me, you’ll LOVE this.

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World Water Day 2014

0 Posted by in Environment, Renewable Energy, Sustainability on March 17th 2014

Fact of the week: 75% off all industrial water withdrawals are used for energy production.

Did you know 22nd March is World Water Day? Well you do now!

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Fair Squared – For Fairer Sex

0 Posted by in Beauty, Fair trade, Health and Wellbeing on March 12th 2014

In a recent Facebook poll during Fairtrade Fortnight, we asked our followers which Fairtrade labelled goods would they buy.  The responses were plentiful but somewhat unimaginative with bananas being top, then coffee, tea and chocolate and not much else!

This lead me to think, “are bananas, chocolate and caffeinated drinks all anyone knows about Fairtrade?!”  Surely not!

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World Wildlife Day

0 Posted by in Sustainability, Wildlife on March 3rd 2014

World Wildlife Day logo









Today is the inaugural World Wildlife Day, designated by the United Nations to:

  • Celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora;
  • Recall the privileged interactions between wildlife and populations across the globe, and
  • Raise awareness of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

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Could Bitcoin really be an alternative to Fairtrade?

4 Posted by in Fair trade on February 25th 2014

With it being Fairtrade Fortnight this week, Fairtrade is in the news at the moment. Another hot topic over the last few months has been Bitcoin. Incase you didn’t know Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency which is a peer-to-peer payment system often seen as a new kind of currency. To process Bitcoin transactions, a procedure called “mining” takes place, which involves a computer solving a difficult mathematical problem with a 64-digit solution, for each problem solved one block of Bitcoins is processed and the miner is rewarded with new Bitcoins.

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Meet Foncho, a man on a Fairtrade mission to make bananas fair

0 Posted by in Fair trade on February 24th 2014

The Fairtrade Foundation has launched a report today showing some very positive news for Fairtrade products, coinciding with the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 24th February to 9th March.

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Fairtrade Fortnight & 6 Fairtrade products you didn’t know existed

0 Posted by in Fair trade on February 20th 2014

Fairtrade FoundationYep, it’s that time of year again, Fairtrade Fortnight is coming! Fairtrade is a big part of Ethical Superstore and always has been, a big portion of the products we sell are Fairtrade labelled. Since we launched way back in 2005 Fairtrade has come a long way and is now widely recognized by the public and we hope we have helped promote it along the way and introduce people to the label and the ethics behind it.

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