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Diary of a Green Wedding #2: How much is that organic wedding cake in the window?

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When John mentioned the idea of an organic wedding cake, I admit I rolled my eyes.  I'm a bit, shall we say, fiscally conservative, to begin with, and never really had the girlish daydreams about a big wedding (certainly far less than he does!) so the first thing I thought was, how much more is this dratted cake going to cost now?  I'd seen the cakes in the bakery windows and instinctively guessed that, like the dress, anything that single-use was going to be expensive.  Yes.  Top Hat Cakes, the first Soil Association approved wedding cake maker, charges £60 for their simplest 30 serving, and it goes up to £800 for their most elaborate 200 serving cake.  As I complained about the dress, I could get quite a nice new MacBook Pro for that price.  I am sure it is fabulous, life-changing cake.  I am not casting aspersions on those of you who feel a wedding is important enough to merit £800 for one cake alone.  But I did have to think about it for a while before I came around to believing it was indeed a good idea - not just the cake, but doing all the food with organics.

I have a whole raft of chemical sensitivities and food intolerances - so many that I often just give up on observing them and take my lumps, because the hassle involved in avoidance often seems (though never truly is) comparable to the illness provoked by exposure. My wedding day is a day where I enter into a life-altering contract and I should be clear-headed for the experience. While this applies especially to me, I think it has general meaning as well. We don't know what subtle effects a lot of chemicals and processed foods have on our characters - unless we cut them out and see what happens. The wedding day is about change and renewal; there is no better day to make the extra effort to go clean, especially now, with organics increasingly available. Hang the extra expense; you only get married once (or twice, in my case). [GT]

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August 31, 2006 in Green weddings | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Turn Cauldron tofu into chocolate-orange pots

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To make this incredibly yummy looking Little Chocolate and Orange Pots, start with Cauldron original tofu, and puree in the blender. Add 125g of melted chocolate, 200ml of Greek yoghurt, 50g of caster sugar, 50g of ground almonds, and blast until smooth. Pour into pots (the recipe recommends coffee cups) and chill for 30 minutes. Garnish with zest of 2 large oranges. For more sinful yet shockingly healthy tofu recipes, visit Cauldron Foods - they have Creamy Mushroom & Tarragon Risotto, Red Tofu Fritters with Chilli Dipping Sauce, and Kids Ranchero Pie. [GT]

Little Chocolate and Orange Pots

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Trout Pâté with Sunblush Tomatade makes you happy!

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The Patchwork Traditional Food Company offers what it calls a double dose of happiness with its Summer Trout Pâté with Sunblush Tomatade. This is a gently smoked trout blended with cream cheese and a bunch of very registered trademark sunblush® tomatade®, sunblush® tomatoes. £9.55 for 230g and £18.70 for 455g. And if you find it unfit for human consumption (which seems unlikely as it sounds divine) you can get a refund. [GT]

Summer Trout Pâté with Sunblush Tomatade

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New shades from Garthenor Organic Wool

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Garthenor Pure Organic Wool is all naturally coloured by the sheep its shorn from, and has an ever-increasing set of Soil Association Certified products. Shades range from white to fawn to brown to grey to black, and even include 'marl', which is a very stylish salt-and-pepper speckle. Prices start at £3.50 and top out at £13 for their chunky Manx Loghtan in natural milk chocolate. Yum! [GT]

Garthenor Pure Organic Wool

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Arthur Street Trading Company vegetarian and organic produce

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Arthur Street Trading Company doesn't just produce organic fruits and vegetables, they also distribute them via a purpose built solar powered workshop (at Unit 2, 23 Arthur Street in Hull, if you have the urge to drop by and check it out yourself). Research shows that the people in the Hull area have poor access to organic produce, and many are forced to buy from supermarkets that do not have the true concerns of the local community at heart and also encourage the use of polluting modes of transport that involve many extra costs both financially and environmentally. Their organic produce box delivery scheme goes to 180 customers in the area who can either go with a standard assortment, or customize their box. They also offer organic Christmas hampers with "offer carefully selected organic wines and beers, many of which are award winning products." [GT]

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Vitaorganic Organic Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant

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Specializing in "live, enzymatic and gently cooked food", Vitaorganic Organic Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant also has "an extensive living/raw food menu as well as a juice bar".  Open every day from noon to ten (except Sundays where it closes at nine), and located at 74 Wardour Street in London.  If you can't make it there, at least you can check out their menu (and a bit more menu here).  [GT]

Vitaorganic Organic Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant

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Chegworth Valley: Organic stairs (that is, apples and pears)

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After six years' effort, Chegworth Valley is pleased to report that they finally have fully organic apples and pears on offing.  Their Discovery apples and Bramleys are on sale at all their farmers' markets, and is available for delivery all over London (minimum order £18).  That includes soft fruit, apples and their fully organic pear, apple and pear-apple juice.  If you’re interested in ordering call them up on 01622 859272.  [GT]

Chegworth Valley

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Canby sustainable jute totes

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It's not too late to get in on the Canby summer sale on white jute shopping bags. For £350 + VAT, you get 200 bags, printed on both sides with the same 1 colour design (of your choice) to resell for around £600. If that's more of an investment than you want to make, you can get 50 of the Green Shopper bags for £50 + VAT, and obviously they're worth more than £1 each. The bags are all fair trade and created greenly. If you just want to buy one bag, stop by their sister site, Summer Bags, where you can get their Havana bag for £10 including VAT, the GOA bag for £5 and the classic Antibes brown or blue also for five quid. [GT]

Canby jute shoppers | Summer Bags

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August 30, 2006 in Renewables | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Yay or Nay: Is there a spy bin in your neighborhood?

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Pocket-lint reports that councils across the UK have put out 500,000 spy rubbish bins across England to monitor trash dumping habits with RFIDs.  The RFIDs cost £2 each (so a million pounds right there) plus outfitting the trucks with RFID readers costs £15,000 per truck, equipped to an unspecified number of trucks.  The idea is to figure out who is dumping excess non-recyclable rubbish and eventually to charge those who toss too much.  Is this an appropriate expenditure, or are there more efficient places to put a few million quid in order to increase recycling?  Post Yay or Nay in comments!  [GT]

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August 30, 2006 in Agree or Disagree?, Recycling | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Fair trade, compostable, biodegradable dishware made from sugar

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It's great to see "Made in China" on disposable products that are actually fair trade and won't be around long after I'm compost myself.  Branch Biodegradable Plates, Cups + Utensils are made from bagasse, which is extracted from the sugar cane.  The utensils are made from 4:1 mix of potato starch and vegetable oil.  So if you end up crashing on a desert island, after you've eaten all the rations, you can give a try to melting these down and fermenting them into a digestif.  25 bowls for $4 USD, 50 cups for $7 USD, and 50 sets of utensils for $13.50.  [GT]

Branch Biodegradable Plates, Cups + Utensils [via PopGadget]

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