Archive for March, 2009

Cacao power!

March 30, 2009

Engineers in New Hampshire, USA have successfully tested a mix of coal & cacao bean shells as a new fuel for one it’s electricity-generating boilers. The shells used in the experiment are a waste product from a nearby chocolate manufacturer, which presently imports its cacao mass from Europe but plans to process its own beans in 2010. Therefore the bean shells, which would normally be sent to the landfill, will be sent to the electricity plant instead.

North East Vegan Gathering

March 30, 2009

The North East Vegan Gathering starts on Friday 3rd April, at Morpeth, Northumberland. It is a relaxing week in self-catering houses set in 75 acres of parkland. The week includes a raw chocolate workshop, talks at the hotel conference room, meals, trips out and much more. There are still a few rooms available and it may even be possible to obtain a whole house. Click here for more information.

Sign up and switch off

March 27, 2009

The WWF wants one billion people around the world to switch off their lights for one hour at 8.30pm on 28 March 2009.  The Earth Hour campaign aims to show that the world cares about climate change & will kickstart the WWF’s global campaign to convince governments to agree effective action. 

In December 2009, leaders from 190 countries worldwide will meet  at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen to set new targets and form a new international agreement to replace the existing Kyoto Protocol. “The ‘global deal’ will set out how the world tackles climate change & must be sufficiently ambitious to ensure a safe climate for future generations and for wildlife. It must also set targets for industrialised countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and help to ensure the most vulnerable countries can adapt to the inevitable impacts of a warmer world.” – WWF

As part of WWF Earth Hour, over 2,000 cities across 80 countries and 500 global landmarks have agreed to turn off their lights. These include  the Eiffel Tower, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Sydney Opera House, Table Mountain, Niagara Falls, Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights, the Shanghai Hong Kong New World Tower and the London Eye. In London, Nelson’s Column, the Coca Cola signs in Piccadilly Circus, the National Gallery, National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, V&A museum, GLA buildings and the Number 2 laser at the Greenwich Observatory will all be in darkness for the hour. Around the UK, the lights will be out at Manchester’s Big Wheel and MEN Arena, the Tyne and Gateshead Millennium Bridges, Brighton Pier, the Spinnaker Tower, Gun Wharf Quays and Royal Armouries in Portsmouth; Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in Birmingham & the SS Great Britain in Bristol. Also Caerphilly and Cardiff Castles, the Millennium Stadium in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Rail Bridge will also be in darkness.

Show you care about climate change and sign up here!

New issue of Get Fresh

March 26, 2009

b0052The Spring issue of Get Fresh! is available now. Get Fresh! is the magazine for people interested in raw and living foods. The latest issue features an interview with former Playboy model Lillian Müller about how her life changed when she went raw 30 years ago, an exclusive interview with Thomas Lodi, M.D on holistic cancer treatment and a four page feature with Dr Doug Graham  on what cooking does to food. The issue also has articles and features from Tonya Zavasta, Ani Phyo, Dr Brian Clement, Alissa Cohen, Russell James and Dale Pinnock.

Giving peas a chance

March 24, 2009

Michelle Obama has begun creating an organic vegetable patch in the White House gardens. The First Lady and a group of local school children have begun digging up an 1,100 square foot patch of lawn to make way for their very own garden. Campaigners from the WHO Farm Project  have been calling for a veggie garden at the White House since 1993 in a bid to show that everyone can grow a garden and enjoy free food.  

“We want to use it as a point of education, to talk about health and how delicious it is to eat fresh food, and how you can take that food and make it part of a healthy diet. You know, the tomato that’s from your garden tastes very different from one that isn’t. And peas – what is it like to eat peas in season? So we want the White House to be a place of education and awareness. And hopefully kids will be interested because there are kids living here.” – Michelle Obama, interviewed in the Oprah magazine.

Spring healing

March 23, 2009

Celebrate the power of the Spring equinox with a healing treatment session from Lisa. Taking place on 27th & 28th March in Brighton/Hove, UK, Lisa is offering two days of bliss & healing. 

A one hour treatment session, a jacuzzi (for as long as you wish) and a nutritious lunch by the fire costs £50 – treatments offered include EFT, Thai massage, sound healing, hypnotherapy and intuitive healing massage.

For more details and to book your session, please call Lisa on 07956 957027.

Working Company workshop

March 20, 2009

The Working Company is running a Clear Communication in Relationships two day workshop on 25-26 April, in Bromley, London. The workshop will focus on the ‘Beyond Shame’ exercise and how it can impact on our way of communicating. For more information, please visit The Working Company.

The Healthy Lunchbox

March 19, 2009

healthylunchboxIf you have ever wondered what to put in your child’s lunchbox, or worried that the containers filled with nutritious treats would come back untouched, then Shannon Leone’s new ebook is definitely for you. Shannon is a mum dedicated to giving children the best start possible in life. After months of writing and playing in the kitchen she’s finally put together her greatest compilation ever of tried and true recipes which she insists “your kids will LOVE”, The Healthy Lunchbox: Nutritious Meals Your Kids Won’t Trade for a Lollipop.

“Wouldn’t it be great if you could pack a tasty, nutritious lunch in just a few minutes each day? And how good would you feel if the containers came home EMPTY every time because you knew your kids actually enjoyed their meal! You wouldn’t have to worry about another cafeteria french fry, because your kids actually prefer your nutritious meals! That is precisely what we’d like to see happen once you put The Healthy Lunchbox to good use in your kitchen.” – Shannon Leone

In The Healthy Lunchbox, you’ll learn:

 – How to make a nutritious lunch that your kids will enjoy, their friends will envy, and you’ll be proud to serve.
–  Shannon’s proven techniques for talking to kids about food and nutrition-in a way that engages them instead of ’turning them off’.
 – A cool way to demonstrate your child’s “body intelligence” that will fascinate people of all ages.
 – What neophobia is and why our kids have it.
 – Fun and stress-free ways to introduce new foods to your kids.
 – Shannon’s five tips for packing healthy lunches your kids will love to eat
 – How to get your kids involved in making their own (healthy) decisions about food.
 – Tips for working around no-nut policies in your children’s school.
 – Ways to encourage your kids to refuse unhealthy food offered by others.
 – What a “treat” really is and how to use it to your best advantage.

The Healthy Lunchbox is priced at $29.95 (£20.55) however Shannon is offering a launch price of $24.95 (£17.13) – order your copy now!

Angela Stokes talks about Evie’s Kitchen

March 19, 2009

Hugh butters us up

March 18, 2009

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been singing the praises of our white almond butter in his weekly food column in The Guardian! Check out his recipe for almond butter smoothie here.