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Fluffy Cheese Omelette

Make a fluffy cheese omelette with this top tip.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

4 free-range eggs

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup mature cheddar – finely grated

1/4 cup parmesan – finely grated

salt/pepper to taste

1 tsp cooking olive oil

1 tbsp fresh chives

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat
  • Whisk the eggs, salt, pepper and baking powder together until the baking powder has dissolved
  • Add the mixture to the warm pan and let it set slightly
  • Once it starts to set, push the mixture gently from the edge of the pan towards the centre and tilt the pan so the runny mixture can continue to fill the pan and set
  • Once lightly set, sprinkle the cheese on the one side of the omelette and fold the other side over
  • Turn off the heat and let it rest for a minute so the cheese can melt
  • Serve with fresh chives and a dollop of dijon mustard and a green salad on the side.

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French Sausage Casserole

This French Sausage Casserole is quick and easy to make and tastes delicious.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 tbsp light olive oil

6 pork sausages

3 slices of streaky bacon – chopped into small bits

2 chopped leeks

2 cloves garlic – finely chopped

2 tins butter beans – drained

250ml chicken stock

250ml dry white wine

Pinch of chilli flakes

Grinding of black pepper

Handful of parsley

Crusty bread

Method:

  • Heat up the olive oil in a saucepan and brown the sausages
  • Remove the sausages from the pan and cut into slices
  • In the same pan, fry the chopped bacon bits and then add garlic and leeks and fry until the leeks are soft
  • Add back the sausages, chicken stock, wine, chilli flakes, butter beans and a grinding of pepper
  • Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until the sausages are cooked through
  • Top with fresh parsley and serve with crusty bread on the side to soak up the juices.

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Dear Friends,

Thanks for joining us in our vision to create a kinder and fairer planet for all! We are very excited to finally launch the Livewell Directory, which we have been working on behind the scenes for the past 6 years.

To celebrate the launch of the Directory in the UK we are offering the first 1000 businesses a free 12-month listing! There are many other benefits to signing up with us as well, so if you are an ethical business in the UK and want to join the Directory then please register today! We are planning to launch in South Africa later this year, so if you are a South African business, then you can sign up to receive our launch alert.

Livewell Directory is the only UK Directory that endorses known certifications to ensure ethical standards. All listings on our directory are approved according to strict criteria within the Food, Retail and Wellbeing categories. You can view the Directory to find your local, ethical Food, Retail or Wellbeing business and look out for exclusive discounts for Livewell users!

The Directory is very close to our hearts and we hope that our community of like-minded people will grow and that together, we will make a difference by changing our shopping habits and becoming conscious consumers. Please sign up to our community newsletter where we will share news, blogs, tips, recipes and product reviews to promote healthy and sustainable living. Of course, listed businesses are also welcome to blog about issues close to their hearts and we will also welcome guest bloggers from the various certification bodies that we endorse.

Currently, we are a small team, but with a BIG vision and therefore we will need some reps to help us spread the word. Find out more about us, or contact us if you are interested in becoming part of our team. Livewell Directory is not just about us though, we also believe in sharing the love and helping other like-minded organisations and charities.  When we are fully established we plan to support three charities. One to help wildlife and the environment, one to support the welfare of farm animals in the UK and one which empowers young people to take charge of their lives in South Africa.

We would love to hear from you and to do so you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn! Join in the conversation and share any ethical products you’ve found or amazing food at restaurants, cafes etc. If you’re a business and have found a great ethical supplier, please share this with us too. We will be sharing our listings with you, so we’re all helping each other celebrate ethical business and living, eating well! We have created two private Facebook groups, specifically for ethical businesses to network with each other. You can join the Livewell Pioneers UK, or the Livewell Pioneers South Africa and get talking!

Please share the love and help us grow!

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Wahoo! It’s our eleventh birthday! We’ve come a long way baby…

It all began with a few innocent experiments in the kitchen.

Having discovered the potential breadth of the raw food diet, Linus, our founder and guiding chocolate Jedi-master, decided to explore just what was possible with raw cacao.

Inevitably there were a number of disasters before Linus found the path to true cacao wisdom, but with time, patience, and perseverance he slowly mastered the art. At which point he felt it was time to share his scrumptious creations with friends and family.

The response was overwhelming – the chocolate wasn’t just quite tasty, it was delicious, and people went wild for it.

Linus thought he might well be on to something.

That was when the serious experiments started: early starts, late finishes… Linus evolved into something of a mad scientist, but when he emerged from his chocolate laboratory he had the recipe for his chocolates and a shining glint in his eye.

That shining glint was what quickly became the Raw Chocolate Company. Founded in 2006, in a kitchen in Brighton, the Raw Chocolate Company now has numerous awards and is available across Europe and beyond! We now have our own purpose-built factory (our fourth in total), snug in the Sussex hills.

We have three product ranges: award winning Raw Chocolate Bars, Raw Chocolate Snacks and the Make Your Own range, which includes ingredients to make awesome smoothies, puddings, chocolate, shakes and more.

We don’t use any nasties in our chocolate, it’s all pure. Our Pitch Dark bar has just three ingredients: cacao, cacao butter and coconut sugar.

Our chocolate is:

  • Fairtrade
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Organic
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Additive free
  • Raw
  • Powered by Ecotricity
  • Unicorn friendly

We want to make chocolate that is as pure as possible. To that end, we do our best to source sun-dried and minimally heated cacao rather than roasted. Our cacao butter is cold pressed and our cacao powder is not chemically treated. We use coconut blossom sugar – rather than refined cane/beet sugar – with its extra nutrients and lower environmental impact. Overall, we’re trying to make a great tasting, luxurious chocolate treat, that makes you feel good, and is good for the growers and good for the environment too.

A few years ago, we were invited to pitch on Dragons’ Den. So off we popped to tame the dragons…they all loved it! In fact, Peter Jones said, “This is the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted in ten years of doing Dragons’ Den”. Deborah Meadon invested on the show, but after many, many, many meetings and discussions we decided to walk our separate paths.

We’ve won 6 Great Taste Gold Stars, been heralded as one of the most ‘disruptive’ companies in the UK (apparently this is a good thing) and have become a favourite of foodies, athletes, bloggers, vegans, chefs and chocoholics across Europe and beyond.

What’s next? We’re constantly working on new recipes and combinations and we’ll be releasing some later this year. We’re always looking for ideas and inspiration, so let us know if you discover something awesome!

We’re also looking to take the final steps to reducing our environmental impact – completely compostable and biodegradable packaging. This will be phased in over the next 24 months.

Keep up to date with all our goings on, offer codes, competitions and recipes – sign up to our mailing list.

We’ll send you a 15% off code for your first order when you complete the signup process!

Thanks for joining us on our journey!

Read more about us on The Raw Chocolate Company website.

 

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Macknade Fine Foods is the only certified butcher of pasture-fed meat in East Kent and work with several farms in the South-East that are certified by the Pasture Fed Livestock Association – an organisation who champion British farmers dedicated to only feeding their animals on a natural diet of grasses, wildflowers and herbs.

Their promise is to supply the best tasting meat and delivering the best eating experience that they can.

Macknade Fine Foods believe that meat is not a commodity for thoughtless everyday eating, but that it should be special, something to be enjoyed and truly savoured. To achieve this the meat has to come from well cared for animals and thoughtful farming and husbandry.

They work closely with farmers, producers and game dealers and carefully select a range of premium fresh meat for the butchery counter.

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LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. LEAF works with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.

EW Davies Farms Ltd has become the latest farm to be launched as a LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Demonstration Farm in recognition of its commitment to more sustainable farming.  It joins over 35 other LEAF Demonstration Farms set up to showcase the very best of sustainable farming practices to farmers, as well as to a wide range of audiences through organised visits.

The 1,300-hectare family-owned farm in Essex specialises in contract farming and uses LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management (IFM) principles to deliver more sustainable farming.   The Davies family started farming in 1913 and have a long tradition of farming to the highest standards of environmental stewardship. They grow a wide range of combinable crops and also run a flock of Polled Dorset sheep.  The farm gained LEAF Marque certification in 2012. Through precision farming methods, the introduction of cover crops into the rotation to capture nutrients, careful soil and water management and enhancement of the farm’s many wildlife features, the business is an exemplary example of combining commercial farming with sensitive landscape and nature conservation.

The farm participated in this year’s LEAF Open Farm Sunday, welcoming more than 600 visitors, and have also installed a platform on one of their reservoirs to enable local primary school children to learn the importance of clean, healthy water through activities such as pond dipping.

EW Davies Farms Ltd was officially launched as a LEAF Demonstration Farm by Will Gemmill, National Head of Farming and Eastern Regional Chairman, Strutt and Parker on Friday 7th July 2017. Guests at the launch were given a farm tour to see IFM in action and how production and conservation go hand in hand.

Jeremy Durrant, Farm Manager, E W Davies Farms Ltd said: “We are extremely proud to have been recognised by LEAF for all that we do to combine profitable farming with sensitive environmental management.  We have always tried to be innovative and forward thinking in the way we farm. LEAF’s IFM approach is all about striving to achieve balance across the whole farm. We’re working hard in lots of practical ways to conserve and enhance the natural environment by planting trees, creating wetland areas and cutting our carbon footprint.  Being a LEAF Demonstration Farm will be a brilliant way to build on what we have already achieved and develop our interest in reconnecting people with how their food is grown.”

LEAF Chairman Stephen Fell, who also attended the launch added: “Our industry has much to be proud of.  For over twenty-five years, LEAF’s nationwide network of Demonstration Farms has been leading the way in promoting best practice in sustainable farming to other farmers as well as bridging the gap between farmers and the public.  EW Davies Farms Ltd deserves their place amongst them. They are first class examples of how the principles of IFM can be implemented and play an important role in not only inspiring others in the food and farming industry but helping to raise awareness amongst the public about sustainable food production.”

As a LEAF Demonstration Farm, E W Davies Farms Ltd will act as a ‘living classroom’ demonstrating and promoting the principles of IFM to other farmers as well as to local schools, politicians, consumers and community groups.

For more information on EW Davies Farms Ltd, LEAF, the LEAF Network, IFM and the LEAF Marque please visit LEAF 

 

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Whether you are deeply concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply or think such concerns are misplaced, there is one thing everyone can agree on: non-GMO verified foods have taken the food industry by storm. The leading ecolabel in this arena – the Non-GMO Project Verified butterfly– now graces the packaging on countless products on supermarket shelves, thanks in part to Whole Food Co.’s edict calling for such verification.

It’s no wonder. In 2014, a Consumer Reports National Research Centre survey found that 70% of American consumers said they wanted to avoid GMOs in their food. A Pew Research survey in 2015 found that 57% believe GMOs in food are unsafe, and only 37% thought they were safe. And in 2016, a Centre for Food Safety survey of likely voters found that 89% favour mandatory labels on GMO foods or foods containing GMO ingredients.

As a Non-GMO Project technical administrator, SCS Global Services is charged with the task of evaluating products to verify their conformance with Non-GMO Project standard. So, we thought it might be useful to share with you a bit more information about what all of this means.

What is a GMO Anyway?

The Non-GMO Project describes a GMO as “a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified using recombinant DNA methods (also called gene splicing), gene modification or transgenic technology. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.”

What genetically modified crops are currently being grown on a commercial basis?

It is somewhat jaw-dropping to realise that the thousands upon thousands of food products sporting a Non-GMO Project Verified label really boil down to just a few ingredients. At the moment, only seven food crops in commercial production have genetically modified varietals: alfalfa, canola, corn, papaya, soy, sugar beet, and zucchini / yellow summer squash. Ingredients made from these crops are prolific in our food supply. The Non-GMO Project considers any ingredient or product containing one of the above crops as high-risk. In addition, some of the microbes used in food production and processing are high-risk when they are produced through genetic modification and must be evaluated.

What traits are GM crops grown to enhance?

Though a wide range of beneficial applications of genetic modification (GM) is touted, such as reducing water consumption and increasing vitamin content, the most common GM traits are herbicide tolerance (in corn, soy, canola, alfalfa, and sugar beet), insect resistance (in corn and cotton), and virus resistance (in papaya and zucchini / squash).

What products are covered under the standard?

Here are some common products currently evaluated under the Non-GMO Project standard:

Animal and bee-derived products: Dairy products, eggs, meat, fish, and honey are evaluated based on what foods the animals consume. A significant amount of the GM corn, soy, and alfalfa grown is used for animal feed. Bees can forage near GMO crop cultivation, and farmed fish are at risk for consuming GMO feed.

Processed products: Many sodas and candies contain corn syrup produced from GMO corn. Clothing is often produced from GMO cotton.

Food additives: Many processed products like bread, extracts made with corn-derived ethanol, alternative dairy products, and vitamins can be produced with GMO ingredients and additives.

Alcohol: Beer and wine use yeasts that can be genetically modified, and some hard alcohols like whiskey and vodka can be corn-derived.

How is Non-GMO status verified?

Conforming companies must provide evidence of practices that reduce the risk of GMO contamination from at-risk inputs and ingredients. Evaluation criteria include traceability, segregation, risk assessment, testing of high-risk inputs, and quality control management. The standard also requires genetics-based testing at critical control points to be performed by an approved ISO-17025 accredited lab to ensure that “action thresholds” are not exceeded.

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Author: Lucy Anderson and Evelyn Drawec

SCS Global Services