Recipe for Courgette Loaf

At this time of year you may find you have more courgettes than you know what to do with on your allotment or kitchen garden. Here is a great recipe for using up the surplus. (Thank you Marie for the recipe)


*Courgette Loaf*
Makes 2 9X5 inch loaves

This is an extremely delicious way of using up some of that courgette “glut” in the garden. The inclusion of demerara sugar makes for a very nice crust.

14 ounces plain flour (4 cups)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
11 ounces caster sugar (1 2/3 cups)
3 1/2 ounces of demerara sugar (1/2 cup)
3 large free range eggs, beaten
200ml sunflower oil (7 fluid ounces)
2 tsp vanilla extract
13 ounces of grated courgettes, with the skin left on (3/4 pound)
3 ounces chopped walnuts (3/4 cup)

Pre-heat the oven to 150*C/300*. Grease and flour two 9 X 5 inch loaf tins. (alternately you can grease them and then line them with baking paper, and grease again)

Sift the flour, salt, soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into a large bowl. Whisk in both sugars.

Beat the eggs, sunflower oil and vanilla extract together.

Stir the egg mixture and grated courgettes into the dry mixture, mixing until well combined. Stir in the walnuts. Divide between the two prepared loaf tins.

Bake in the heated oven for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaves comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for about 15 minutes or so before turning them out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Delicious toasted and served warm with some cold butter.

Thank you Marie from The English Kitchen for this recipe

Haircare tips using organic cyder vinegar


Thanks to ‘Care 2 Make a Difference’ for the following helpful information on the uses of vinegar in haircare, which may be of interest to you.

Aside from being a kitchen essential and a worker of small miracles in the bathroom, vinegar is also useful in the beauty department. Applied externally, vinegar has long been used to make hair silky and lustrous. And contrary to intuition, it doesn’t leave a lingering waft of vinegar with each shimmy of your shiny mane.

You can use white distilled vinegar, but unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar contains the “mother” of vinegar (eye2eye have Aspall organic cider vinegar in stock). The mother occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules and is a rich source of probiotics. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars probably do not contain due to overprocessing, filtration and overheating.

Restore Shine
Vinegar works to restore luster by removing build up from other hair products. It leaves hair smooth and silky and is said by many to remove tangles. Depending on your hair type, you may want to use it once weekly, or as often as three times weekly. It may cause minimal dryness to hair, so some people like to condition first, then use a vinegar rinse. To make a vinegar rinse, add 1 cup vinegar to 2 cups warm water, add a a drop of essential oil if you like, and work into hair.

Hairbrush Cleaning
Remove old hair from brush. Make a mix of half water and half vinegar, add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil, and soak your hairbrush overnight. Rinse and brush.

Scalp Help
To clean your scalp, improve its health, and fight dandruff, rinse with a solution of ½ cup vinegar mixed with 2 cups of warm water after shampooing. You can add a few drops of sage oil, you can also leave the rinse on for up to 30 minutes. A scalp rinse can be done daily, and should be done at least once a week.

For mor tips see:

The wonder of Brazil Nuts


Brazil nut trees are amazing!
I have Fairtrade organic Brazil nuts from Peru in the shop and I was wondering today how long it took for these huge nuts to grow, so I did a bit of internet searching and here is what I discovered. . .

A brazil nut tree can live for over 500 years and it takes 12 years before it can develop flowers that will produce nuts.
From flower to nut takes 15 months and the nuts grow in a very hard shelled husk with a small hole at the top. The time of ripening coincides with the rainy season.
Even though the trees are extremely tall (up to 50 meters), the husk does not break open when it drops to the ground. Instead it relies on the Agouti, a small rodent, which gnaws at the hole in the husk to break it open and reveal the nuts in their shells inside.
The Agouti will eat some of the nuts and store others in the ground, much like a squirrel; the remaining nuts may be picked up by other animals or left, where the may germinate, which takes 12 – 18 months.

It is extraordinary that the nuts develop at all, as Brazil nut trees need special pollinators, large bodies bees, or small bats who can break into the unusual flower structure and heavy coiled hood of the flowers.
Long tongues orchid bees are the particular pollinators of the Brazil nut tree flower. The specific orchid they seek, does not grow on the Brail nut tree. However the orchid is an essential link in the chain, as it produces a particular scent, which attracted the male bees, who then use the scent to attract female bees. It is the female bee which pollinates the Brazil nut tree flowers!

Brazil nut trees are a protected species and because of their longevity, can therefore be found growing in developed areas. The contained nuts in their husk have been known to create a lot of damage to property and occasionally people, because of their weight and size.

August Newsletter from Zaytoun

Monthly news from Zaytoun
Latest events, updates from Palestine and product information

August Newsletter
Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim supporters and customers!

We’ve news of a great new gift product,and a new newsletter feature – retailer of the month – and this month we are featuring Zeki and Ridwanah’s online halal shop…read on for details and if you have a recommendation for a great shop that’s dedicated to selling Zaytoun products please let us know!

If you missed our August newsletter, you can still catch up here

New product
EU Action against Israeli settlements
Trees for Life update
Retailer of the Month
Recipe of the Month
Weekly Stalls
Where to purchase Zaytoun products

New product
Together with Embrace the Middle East we’re launching a new listing of gift boxes which include olive oil & za’atar with recipe card, a dipping bowl, soap, and a Gaza Kitchen books.

Check out the new listing which goes live on 15th August

EU Action against Israeli settlements

After thousands of people wrote to their MEPS, The EU has now taken action to limit financial cooperation with illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to press reports, new guidelines set out that cooperation and contracts between the EU, member states and Israel must explicitly exclude Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.

This is a welcome step forward, but completely insufficient. Although European institutions are expected to adopt these proposals they are not mandatory for member states, so the Palestine Solidarity Campaign is calling on the British Government to adopt and extend these guidelines within the UK. The EU must stop rewarding the Israeli state for its criminality. We need to see a clear no ‘business as usual’ approach with Israel until it complies with international law and basic principles of human rights. It must end all preferential treatment of Israel. And given that both the EU and the British government repeatedly have accepted that settlements are illegal under international law, they should ban goods grown, made or packed in those settlements.

Meanwhile. Israel recently announced it will build 1,000 settler homes over the coming months, in addition to continuing private construction. A train line linking the settlements to Israeli towns, making them even more accessible and attractive, has also been unveiled.

Sign the petition here and read PSC’s full report here

Trees for Life update
A big thank-you to Abergavenny Community Canteen who just sponsored 14 lots of 5 saplings – a grand total of 70 Saplings so a really significant contribution! The money was raised in a really lovely way – we’ve included their story below in case it inspires your community group to do something similar.

Abergavenny Community Canteen is an informal co-operative that brings together people who enjoy cooking and eating ethical & sustainable food – locally sourced and organic where possible and Fairtrade products, including Zaytoun olive oil! They’ve been going since February 2012, meeting every month except December. Each month a different group of people plans and prepares a two course vegetarian meal at a church hall in the town centre. They cater for 50 people on average and the cost of the venue and ingredients is between £2 and £3. On arrival people pay what they choose to cover the costs and contribute to the chosen cause for the evening. Anyone coming to a meal can nominate a cause and the choice is made by volunteers who attend occasional planning meetings. During the meal they hear from someone speaking on behalf of the cause and end the evening with entertainment from local musicians.

Retailer of the Month

This month we are featuring Abraham Natural Produce, a great online outlet for organic and halal meat as well as our products. Zeki and Ridwanah manage the company from their 25 acre smallholding in Kent, and believe in being in full control of their production and manufacturing process from ‘Farm to Fork’. Their mission statement is “To provide top-quality, naturally reared, ‘organic’ and ethically sourced halal meat through a business model that supports localisation and contributes to charitable causes through a fixed percentage donation from profits.”

Please do check them out or call 07912 040267

We also want to give a plug to a great café in Stoke Newington. Tatreez Cafe cook with our products (try their mana’eesh) and sell them in the cafe. They have fantastic music and cultural events on a regular basis, pop along to see them at 188 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7JD or check out what’s happening at

Recipe of the Month

7 oz (200 g) unblanched Zaytoun almonds
7 fl oz (200 ml) Zaytoun olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 dessertspoon sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons salt, or more, to taste

First blanch the almonds. To do this, place them in a heatproof bowl, pour in enough boiling water to cover and leave them aside for 3-4 minutes. Then drain them in a colander and squeeze the nuts out of their skins into the bowl.

After that, put the almonds in the blender and pour in the olive oil. (The oil should just cover the almonds – if it doesn’t, add a little more.) Then, add the garlic, vinegar and salt and liquidise until everything is smooth. Now, with the motor still running, slowly add about 12 fl oz (340 ml) cold water.

Pour the soup into a large bowl and if it seems too thick, add a little more water. Then cover the bowl with clingfilm and keep it well chilled until you’re ready to serve. Just before serving, stir in 8 ice cubes and ladle the soup into the chilled bowls. Garnish with halved grapes and thinly sliced apple.



13 August
James Godfrey on the Gaza Ark

James is part of a team who have purchased a boat in Gaza, helping it to be refurbished. It will sail from Gaza with goods purchased by overseas customers and attempt to break the blockade and then deliver to a transit port for onward delivery to customers. More information here

Manvers Street Baptist Church, 7.30pm. Tickets £8 from Bath Ticket Office or £10 at the door. Network for Peace and Justice in Palestine 07976 664939 for more info.

23rd August 7.30pm
Freshford Village Hall
“Acoustic Mosaic” fundraising concert organised by Bradford-on-Avon Friends of Palestine, featuring top local musicians. Funds go towards getting 20 Palestinian dancers over to Bradford on Avon. Tickets in advance from Ex Libris bookshop, Bradford on Avon, or from BoA Friends of Palestine. £10 on the door. Call Roy on 01225 571356 or for more information

23-26 August
Greenbelt Festival
Embrace the Middle East will now have two sites at the festival and will be based in the foyer of the venue called Centaur. This is a great indoor venue where they put on dance and theatre, interviews with guests and contributors. Plus good indoor loos. They will be selling our products along with John Logan and also Traidcraft. Please do email us to let us know if you are coming – Nancy will be there and would love to say hello!

Weekly Stalls

Zaytoun are delighted that our fair trade and organic Palestinian products are now available as part of the market stall in Leytonstone on the first Saturday of every month (11am-3pm) Organiclea is a community stall run in partnership with Transition Leytonstone, selling ultra-local sustainably grown fruit and vegetables, from NE London, and UK grown certified organic produce, supporting farmers in East Anglia. St John’s Church, Church Lane, Leytonstone (between the church and Matalan, just off the High Road)

Okehampton Farmers Market , 9am – 1pm. Just Living Stall.1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. 01837 840867, 07854 845067

All Saints, Buchanan Street, Glasgow on the corner of Gordon Street on Glasgow Palestine Human Rights Campaign stall
Time: Every Saturday 12 lunchtime until 5pm Contact:

Time: 9am – 3pm Every Saturday Contact:

Milton Keynes
Wolverton Farmers Market. Held on the first and third Saturday every month outside the Town Hall on the corner of Creed Street and Stratford Road from 9am-1pm. Zaytoun can be found on eyetoeye Fairtrade stall

Where to purchase Zaytoun products

Zaytoun is delighted that we now have nationwide coverage for our range of Palestinian products.

The products can be obtained through a number of outlets:
Zaytoun products now available in Oxfam shops! Use this shop finder to find your nearest one
Thanks to Premcrest for making all of our products available via their online shop

Regional distributors remain the back bone of Zaytoun, both in terms of distributing products and also in terms of spreading the message of issues faced by Palestinian farmers. To find your nearest distributors please see:

Online and retail distribution for the products has grown really well this year and this link lists online and retail outlets for Zaytoun products:

Wholesale all Zaytoun’s products are now available through wholesalers so if you don’t see the products at your local retailers please let them know they are available through the following wholesalers:

Please note these lists are regularly updated with new and changing outlets so please do check back and let us know if you would like to add new listings to this list by emailing
Email us
With thanks for your ongoing support and enthusiasm,
The Zaytoun Team

New product Panda Licorice

Back from our holiday in East Lothian on the Scottish Borders, (highly recommended by the way!) and new products are on the shelves and available on line.


Panda Original Liqourice bars with no artificial colours or preservatives with less than 0.5% fat. This snack bar is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, and a great sweet treat if you are watching your waist-line. Panda Liquorice has only 4 ingredients, Molasses Syrup, wheat flour, liquorice extract and the natural flavouring of aniseed oil. Simple and delicious.

New in the shop are Tints of Nature permanent hair colouring at the great price of £8.90 a box. Tints of Nature offer a wide range of beautiful colours, I have colour samples in the shop for you to select from and make an order. This is an excellent haircare product from a reputable company.
Also new in the haircare range I have SUNCOAT natural hairspray. It’s a sugar-based, firm-hold spray suitable for all hair types.

If you would like to order haircare products on-line, please drop me an email and I can update you on stock and delivery times:

I will be having special openings on Saturday August 10th and 31st this month, as well as the usual Tuesday through Friday openings, with a late night on Thursday until 6.30pm.

Hope to see you soon.