The Optimist: From surplus bagels to craft beer

Bagels are at the heart of a brand new beer in Sussex town. Known as the Optimist, this craft 5.0% amber ale is made from surplus bagels, donated by Brighton’s Bagelman stores. Optimist beer, created in collaboration with Franklins Brewing Co. and Bagelman, is available in a limited cask edition and bottles. Craft beer brewers, Franklins Brewing Co. uses surplus bagels in the malt bill in … Continue reading The Optimist: From surplus bagels to craft beer

Arthur Potts Dawson: The “original Green chef” helping to change the dynamics of the food industry

Arthur Potts Dawson, the “original Green chef” as Jamie Oliver once penned him, has long championed sustainable practices within the food and catering industry from his creation of “sustainably aware urban restaurants”, being an advocate for “wonky fruit and veg”, making use of everything in the kitchen long before it became coined “zero waste”, through to founding a supermarket “for the people, by the people”. … Continue reading Arthur Potts Dawson: The “original Green chef” helping to change the dynamics of the food industry

Trash Tiki: Bartender duo tackling zero waste in the industry with zest, creativity and attitude

Bartenders Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage are taking it upon themselves to tackle zero waste in the bar industry while also giving sustainability, and the conversations around the subject within the industry, a “personality injection”. The unique duo, who have teamed up to create Trash Tiki, are aiming to get the cocktail industry to take a rummage through their bins and create cocktails from waste. Trash … Continue reading Trash Tiki: Bartender duo tackling zero waste in the industry with zest, creativity and attitude

Tried & Tested: Coconut Oils for Cooking

Coconut oil is one of those all-round items that no household should be without. Its uses are numerous. More recently the shelves have been stacked with a range of brands selling food-grade coconut oil from extra virgin to organic. Coconut oil is highly nutritious and contains a superior disease fighting fatty acid called lauric acid, which kills harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. This tropical … Continue reading Tried & Tested: Coconut Oils for Cooking

Matcha Green Tea: Cup of vitamin goodness

Matcha is a finely milled vibrant green tea powder made from the highest quality tea leaves grown exclusively in select regions of Japan. Made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, matcha green tea is steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. Matcha green tea powder is then stored away from light and oxygen … Continue reading Matcha Green Tea: Cup of vitamin goodness

wastED London: Cooking up a food waste storm in the capital

wasteED London is currently cooking up a food waste storm on the roof of London department store, Selfridges. Chef Dan Barber, of New York’s Blue Hill restaurants, has teamed up with Selfridges to bring food waste pop-up, wastED, to diners. Building on the UK’s vibrant food waste movement, wastED London has joined forces with local farmers, fishermen, suppliers and retailers to reimagine by-products at every … Continue reading wastED London: Cooking up a food waste storm in the capital

Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Ageing Cherry, Chia and Lucuma Smoothie

Cherries are considered another of Mother Nature’s superfoods, reputedly containing a wondrous variety of nutrients which are both anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and help prevent certain cancers. via Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Ageing Cherry, Chia and Lucuma Smoothie (no bananas necessary!) — pearsnotparsnipsdotcom Continue reading Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Ageing Cherry, Chia and Lucuma Smoothie

Yerba Mate: A new tea mate in town

If you are looking for a new caffeine kick, yerba mate tea maybe your new mate to sit down with for a brew. Yerba mate tea is made from the South American yerba mate plant. It bears the strength of coffee and the health benefits of tea, providing both energy and nutrition. Yerba mate is well known for increasing energy and enhancing mental clarity, alertness, … Continue reading Yerba Mate: A new tea mate in town