Artisans in the Andes: A leap into the unknown

One of the most rewarding parts of blogging is meeting amazing and inspirational individuals and companies on-line that are proof that, contrary to what the news would have us believe, not all in the world is bad... not all of us are out there to exploit our planet’s resources and disadvantaged people for our own selfish profit... but instead that there of so many people out there who are choosing every day to make their lives ‘meaningful’ and courageously live by their values, work for others and put their energy and passion into building a better world....more

Venison Carpaccio and Smoked Salmon Grazing Platters

Grazing is our favourite eating style. Friday and Saturday nights are when we make a special effort to prepare something delicious that we can take our time enjoying whilst catching up and winding down from the week.We often go for some version of tapas on the Friday night (in celebration of the weekend!) with cured hams, sizzling garlic prawns and a good bottle of red wine. Recently we have mixed things up a bit by replacing the hams for carpaccios (Italian name for a dish of raw meat very thinly sliced) and the prawns for smoked salmon....more

Bolivian Cuñapés

Cuñapés are a kind of cheesy bread snack that is very popular across South America. Varieties exist in Brazil (known as pão de queijo), Argentina (chipa or pan que queso), Ecuador (pan de yuca) and even in Colombia (pan de bono).Of course they all vary slightly, but what they all have in common is that they are made of Yam (or Cassava) flour and fresh cheese – which makes them incredibly chewy and moist in the middle....more

Foraged Blackberry Recipes

Last weekend we spent an afternoon foraging wild blackberries. The English countryside is so bountiful this time of the year that it seems wasteful not to go out there and ‘help yourself’ to its generous offerings....more
We have so many goodies here in Ontario.  Enjoy foraging.  Adds a new dimension to eating :)more

Fairtrade walnut and blueberry cinnamon rolls

Most of my family lives in the US and I have spent quite a few happy vacations there. I have many amazing US-based food memories, but one of my most wholesome ones is tightly linked to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls....more

Beautiful Fairtrade Macaroons

Macaroons are the most beautiful things I've ever baked.It’s no wonder that they are so popular at the moment, they are simply gorgeous to look at and have such a delicate sweet and nutty flavour that they absolutely make the perfect treat for any special occasion....more

Profiterole-canapés

I read somewhere recently that not travelling is like being given a book and only reading some of its pages.I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently.My husband and I share a love of travel (and food of course) and recently we’ve become very hungry for the contents of the rest of our book. I guess since we are slowly emerging from the having two-young-babies- haze, we can slowly see beyond nappies and, up to a certain extent, think again about us, our pre-baby dreams and about the future....more

Fairtrade Tickbird Soaps - Review and giveaway!

I’m delighted to write this post about this UK Fairtrade company that inspires me immensely: Visionary Soap.Visionary works with more Fairtrade producer groups then anyone else in the industry and they have a body care range handcrafted in the UK and abroad that uses ingredients from producers in Palestine, India, Burkina Faso, Nicaragua, The Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa....more

Fairtrade Brazil Nut Biscotti with a Maple Syrup and Tequila twist

Last weekend I attended London’s Food Blogger Connect 2014. An incredible event that brought together many inspirational (and some incredible successful!) bloggers to share and learn from each other. I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed myself and how much inspiration I brought back with me. SO much in fact, that before I could post again, I had to take a few days just to calm down the whirlpool of thoughts going around in my head!...more

Fairtrade dark chocolate, poppy seeds and pistachio nut cake (no flour)

This recipe has been living in our recipe scrap book (obviously started before Pinterest was invented!) for quite some time now, and even though this cake is amazing, it's not until recently that I have had a go at recreating it....more