Category «Sustainable Living»

Farinata (recipe)

Farinata or Socca depending on whether you sit on the Italian or French side of the border is a savoury pancake made with chickpea flour.  At its simplest it is made with just flour, salt, rosemary and water, or you can turn it into a complete meal by adding scallions, parsley and spinach. Ingredients: 1½ …

Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin (book review)

by Bronwyn Slater To quote Gandhi: “Civilization, in the real sense of the term, consists not in the multiplication, but in the deliberate and voluntary reduction of wants.  This alone promotes real happiness and contentment.”  This statement pretty much summarises what Duane Elgin’s book ‘Voluntary Simplicity’ is all about.  It essentially shows us how we …

Ethical Investments

by John McDonnell   Do you have some money to spare? Hoping to start some long term savings? You may be wondering if there’s any where better than a bank to place your hard-earned cash – especially if you want it to be invested ethically. In fact, you may even be wondering if any bank …

Green Gyms

Get fit and lose weight for free – no gym fees! Plus you get to go out in nature and help your local community as well.   by Bronwyn Slater Green Gyms are an initiative set up by a group called The Conservation Volunteers (a community volunteering charity) in the UK. There are now over …

Fully Raw Vegan Chocolate Cookies

It’s the time of the year when the wintery crisp air is filled with various flavours of different spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom and you find yourself in a mood for cookies, so here is a very simple, easy to make fully raw vegan recipe! You will need: Food processor Cookie cutter Rolling pin …

Coleslaw

When cabbage is in season, make sure to add this amazing vegetable to your meals!  It’s rich in vitamins B6, C, K, calcium, manganese and has a very pleasant taste! For this simple dish you will need: 1 small cabbage, 1-2 carrots some parsley or dill flax seed oil pinch of pink Himalayan salt lemon …

Steamed Butternut Squash

When the temperatures drop and the leaves on the trees turn orange and red then you know it’s officially pumpkin / squash season!  So here’s a very simple but extremely delicious recipe for colder days: Ingredients: Pumpkin or butternut squash Coconut oil or olive oil Red bell pepper Chilli Himalayan salt Cilantro or other herbs …

Chocolate Chestnut Mousse/Pudding

This recipe makes an excellent mousse, which even the kids will enjoy.  If you have some coconut oil lurking around in your cupboards, use it instead of margarine, for an extra flavour dimension, not to mention the health benefits. Using coconut oil will also change the consistency of this recipe from a mousse to more …

Christmas Vegan Roast

1 medium sized onion or 1 small leek, chopped 1 fl oz (30 ml) vegetable oil 2 tsp (10 ml) yeast extract in 1/4 pint hot water 8 oz (225g) chopped mixed nuts 2 tbsp ground almonds 4 oz (100g) wholemeal breadcrumbs 1 tbsp sage or your favourite herbs Pinch cayenne pepper Salt and pepper …

Growing Green – with Iain Tolhurst

Bronwyn Slater reviews the second of 2 DVD’s by the Vegan Organic Network   Iain Tolhurst has been a certified organic grower for more than 30 years and is a pioneer in organic stockfree techniques.  The green manures which he uses are Lucerne and clovers.  The tap root of the Lucerne goes deep into the …