We are still building our online shop, and making masses of content in various different forms. There is a lot we want to share so hope to be up and running again more prominently soon.
Our little wellness deli and pop up shop is open! It is the first fully organic and conscious living focused space in Nottingham City Centre (NG1). We are based in an oasis in the heart of the city, Cobden Chambers [on Pelham Street, next to The Bodega, and opposite Bodycraft Tattoo], The shop is situated between Forever Records and Keishi Jewellery.
The space will provide a holistic approach to Earth friendly living. Products stocked include our raw sweet treats and nourishing eats, as well as the best local, independent and artisan food producers. We also have organically grown plants, eco friendly household products, hand poured candles, fresh organic produce, artwork, skin care and more.
Plans over the next 6 months include a full range of juices, organic seeds, recipe and nutrition book area, minimalist reusable items and an expanding bulk section modelled on zero waste and unpackaged stores, as well as instore events.
Our mission has always been to make it easier for others to include more organic, nourishing, Earth focused magic into their lifestyles. We hope that with this experience we can make it more accessible, as well as offering an alternative to the ever growing chain outlets here in Nottingham. Whilst we are not a café or restaurant you can sit and eat outside the shop in the gorgeous courtyard!
A huge amount of love to all those that have supported us and those that we have met along the way, from idea, to market stall, to this new venture. We can't wait to meet more of you. We will be open from 5th September 2016 to 5th February 2017.
Opening hours are Monday: 12-5pm, Tues to Sat: 10.30-6pm, Sun and Bank Holidays; Closed.
Banana ice cream can be a real contender against it's dairy or soya and full of junk counterparts when made correctly. Here we share some of our top tips to turn frozen bananas into the best healthy and delicious ice cream we've ever come across.
What colour should the bananas be?
Let the bananas go super spotty. The more spots on your bananas means the more antioxidant properties and goodness they contain. When they are too ripe however, the skin almost brown and the banana mushy inside, they aren't as good for ice cream, you can still use them but they create a more icy texture and don't whip up as much like soft serve.
How should they be stored?
Peel, then cut into 1-2 inch sized chunks and store in food safe containers in the freezer. When you're ready to make some nice cream it can be worth leaving the frozen nanas out on the work top before blending, just so they are a bit easier to work with. Getting them out their container with a hot spoon or knife works if they are stuck together.
What equipment is needed?
A food processor with an S blade works better than a blender. We broke our last blender attempting to make nice cream, oops! If you have a Vitamix or high power blender then it'll work OK but the best results come from the food processor. The bananas will go to a crumb like texture and up the sides of the bowl, give it a mix with a spoon and keep going until you hit a gelato like consistency.
When is the optimal time for eating?
Breakfast! It's best not to eat raw fruits after dinner, we wouldn't recommend this for a pudding after a cooked meal. Eating fruits after cooked meals can cause digestive problems as it takes the body around an hour to digest bananas, and up to 4-5 hours depending on what cooked food you have eaten. Check out food combining rules.
The possibilities are endless.
Add some carob or cacao for chocolate ice cream. Or mix the same ingredients with dates or maple syrup and a tiny bit of water for a chocolate sauce, caramel sauce made from just dates and water with a dash of salt, vegan mint choc chip? peppermint drops, raw cacao nibs and spirulina. Maple pecan? Just add maple syrup and pecan nuts..easy! Fresh berries are great too.
This month, Soil Association are launching their 'Organic September' campaign with support from Good Energy. The idea behind it is to make small and affordable shopping changes to incorporate more organic products into our lifestyles. Over the next 30 days, Soil Association will be sharing free downloads, tips, offers, recipes and competitions.
Buying organic does make a difference, even if it is just organic tea, or picking up the organic carrots rather than the regular ones sat next to them. These little things seem small right? But the small things are the ones that when added up together make the biggest difference. Going organic, even on a few products, doesn't just mean you are putting less toxic chemicals into your body. It means you are supporting farmers who are trying to keep old methods of farming alive, farmers who are battling against huge GMO companies such as Monsanto, and farmers who value the welfare of their animals and land. It also means you are helping our environment. The more GMOs and pesticides being sprayed on our crops are leading to an increase in health problems and a decline in bees, as well as other wildlife. We need bees to pollinate plants so we can eat fruits, vegetables, enjoy flowers and so much more.
This is a great campaign from the Soil Association and we are lucky to have such groups that do stand up for organic standards. However we also believe that farmers shouldn't have to pay premiums for their produce to be labelled organic, which is just one of the many reasons organic produce can be so expensive. There are many producers out there who are selling organic produce, who are not officially labelled as organic because they can not or will not pay the fees to be given the right to do so. It should be the GMO produce labelled instead, not the other way round. It is a backward system we have going on here. Farmers have to pay a premium cost to verify that their food hasn't been sprayed with toxic chemicals or genetically manipulated? Anyway we love the idea of Organic September and hope it continues each year with just as much enthusiasm.