Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category
Eagle eyed viewers of The Great British Bake Off might have noticed that the bakers were using a particularly lovely range of oven gloves during the show – and one that Green Tulip has been stocking for a couple of years (we are clearly ahead of the times ). Inside this oven glove is Ruby’s (probably shaking!) hand! You can see the full range of Ochre & Ocre Organic Cotton Textiles on the website here.
To beat the bake off blues we’ve put together a range of lovely eco products you can use for baking – perfect for a little treat for yourself or a gift for a baking obsessed friend…
Kids Konserve have put together a great new video showing their wide range of Kids Konserve and U-Konseve products in use in a busy family kitchen. It’s got some great ideas and is also good fun. Worth a watch…http://vimeo.com/69782472
Back to school is now fast approaching and we’ve got everything you need to make the next year’s packed lunches as sustainable as possible. From insulated lunch bags to reusable stainless steel containers, and reusable food wraps to stainless steel drinks bottles – all designed to avoid using all those prepacked foods available and instead send the kids in with homemade sandwiches or delicious leftovers.
If you are looking for recipe inspiration then take a peek at Kids Konserve’s Back to School recipe board on Pinterest www.pinterest.com/kidskonserve/back-to-school-recipes/ – lots of yummy ideas!
Taking lunch into work is definitely something that more and more people are starting to do. It is a great way of saving money, reducing packaging waste and also using up leftovers. However very few ‘lunch kit’ products are designed for adults or have any sort of style about them. That is why we were so pleased to find the U-Konserve range of high quality, practical products with a definite fashion edge. My favourite piece is the Saffron Insulated Lunch Tote with its adjustable strap and chunky zip – guaranteed to make any leftovers look a little more glamorous! Also available in Slate grey.
We’ve just started receiving fruit and vegetable deliveries from a local branch of Riverford Organic after seeing them at the village fete. Much of the produce is grown locally and the selection changes each week so delivery day is quite exciting (is that sad?!). It’s also great for the kids to see carrots and potatoes with mud on! But my favourite part of it is the lack of packaging that we now receive. Most things come in open boxes that we return at the end of the week – such an improvement over all the plastic packaging you get from the supermarket. Visit www.riverford.co.uk for details of your local branch.
Well, after the first barbecue of the summer (the first of many I hope!) our Bambu veneerware has gone down a treat. In the past, like many people, I’ve gone down various paths as far as serving food outdoors is concerned, especially for barbecues where the food is hot, sauces abound, and most of the eating involves standing up, moving around and holding food over a hard and unforgiving patio.
Having had more china plates cracked, chipped and dropped than I care to remember I switched to paper plates – a disaster. I refuse to use plastic plates, knowing that they cause an even bigger carbon footprint than my somewhat smoky barbecue, but paper plates are hardly the greatest idea for a barbecue.
Transferring the heat directly from the food to your hand or your lap means a continual shuffle to relieve the blistering fingers, whilst at the same time wolfing down the food as fast as possible before the plate completely disintegrates and deposits the food in your lap.
The Bambu veneerware is made of bamboo – well, you can’t get much more natural than that. But because it’s made of 3 ply it is very rigid, completely failing to fold up at the merest site of a charcoal hot dog in a bun, and protecting the supporting fingers from incineration nicely. As well as three sizes of plates and trays, we also do cutlery sets and funky ‘sporks’ so guests don’t have to suffer the indignity of trying to eat coleslaw with their fingers!
I know my guests would agree that the Bambu veneerware combines the best features of plastic (smooth) with china (firm and more heat resistant) and with paper plates (disposable and biodegradable). The Bambu veneerware biodegrades completely within 6 months, which is almost as long as it might take to scrape the burnt bits off my barbecue for next time.