Sweet or savoury, I love pancakes!
As it’s Fairtrade Fortnight, why not make your pancake a Fairtrade treat this evening?

Here are some of my favourite Fairtrade toppings:-

TRAIDCRAFT golden granulated sugar with lemon
Golden syrup and bananas
Traidcraft wild blossom Honey
Essential trading dark chocolate spread
TRAIDCRAFT pineapple, they do the perfect little fresh fruit pots, which are ideal for pancakes
Chopped Zaytoun dates and honey
Pre-soaked raisins and sultanas with a drizzle of syrup or honey.

We are having a bit of a pancake fest tonight, savoury pancakes followed by a small sweet pancake, if we have room for more that is!

Basic pancakes are easy to make if you take a little time in the preparation. I use the same basic mix for both savoury and sweet, then adapt with seasoning depending on which type I’m preparing. It’s also a great way of using up left-over veg.

You can whisk by hand, or with an electric whisk, either works fine. The main thing to remember is to add the milk slowly and whisk thoroughly to ensure the batter is smooth. Once mixed allow to rest for a little while, before cooking.

100g plain flour
2 large eggs
300mls milk
1tbsp Zaytoun Fairtrade olive oil
(Plus a little extra oil for frying)

Range of toppings and fillings of your choice.

Basic batter
Whisk the eggs together. Add a little flour and milk and continue whisking until smooth, Repeat twice. Then add the remaining flour, whisk, and gradually add the remaining milk whisking continually until smooth and the consistency of cream.
Set aside while you prepare the rest of the dinner.

I’m planning a spicy savoury pancake this evening, something a little different to excite the tastebuds.

Here is my basic recipe, the method is slightly different, you can make savoury pancakes a little like Frittata, the only difference being that pancake batter is made with flour.
I prefer to roll my pancakes up with the filling inside.

1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp fenugreek seed
Pinch of salt
1tbsp Zaytoun olive oil
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
1 tsp coriander leaf

Batter mix (as above) plus whisk in:-
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp fine pink Himalayan salt
1tsp chilli oil (optional)

For the filling (enough to just fill a large frying pan)
Cooked and cooled mixture of veg. Potatoes or sweet potatoes, carrots, greens, etc are good.
Sliced roasted red pepper
Finely chopped stick of celery
Finely chopped medium sized onion
Mustard seeds
2tbsp Zaytoun olive oil

Step 1
Place cumin, fenugreek and pinch of salt in a frying pan and roast slightly. Add tbsp of oil, garlic, ginger and sauté until the aroma of the garlic, ginger and spices starts to rise. Sprinkle in the coriander leaf and set aside to cool.
Warm a casserole dish in the oven.

Step 2
Make your savoury batter and add the spicy garlic mix, plus 1 tsp chilli oil. Set aside while you prepare the filling.

Step 3
Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a large frying pan, with 1 tsp mustard seeds, heat until the seeds start to pop. Add finely chopped onion and celery and cook on a moderate heat until slightly browned. Add the remaining veg and roasted red peppers, heat through, season to taste and set aside in the warm casserole dish.

You now have all the ingredients to make your savoury pancakes.
Cook the pancakes, making sure they are brown on both sides, but don’t take care not to make them too thick.
Serve with a generous helping of veg in the centre of the pancake and roll the sides over.

Delicious with Fairtrade Mango chutney
Or Black Mamba Beetroot Ginger Chutney, which is currently one of my favourites!
To soften the chilli you could add a dollop of Creme Fraiche or natural yoghurt.

Enjoy your pancakes however you make them!

Organic, Fairtrade cotton Shirts ~ New In!

I’m delighted to announce, that these, soft, ethical, Fairtrade and organic cotton shirts, arrived today at eye2eye Shop.
They come in plain colours, or printed with quirky, original designs. There are short sleeved and long sleeved versions available from the makers, ‘Where does it come from?’

Children’s sizes are also available to order through eye2eye shop, eye2eyefairtrade@gmail.com.

You can find out more about Jo and her ethical enterprise on her Facebook page, Where does it come from?

Why Fairtrade above other certifications?

I have been asked recently about the difference between Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance.
There really is no comparison between the two certifications.
Fairtrade is your only really guarantee that the people behind the products you buy are getting a good deal in the way they are treated, earning a living wage and have an opportunity to improve life for themselves, their families, their communities and their futures. Fairtrade is an independent certification. Rainforest Alliance was created by businesses, for businesses. A great idea, but big business puts profit before anything else.
Rainforest Alliance has come under criticism many times in recent years. The certification was led initially by Unilever and other multinational companies such as Nestle (see previous posts on my feeling about Unilever and Nestle’s ethics). These huge corporations want to be seen to be part of the movement towards sustainable living and a more transparent way of working. But evidence suggests that for the most part the creation of Rainforest Alliance Certification has been ineffective and at worst cynical. Little independent monitoring takes place, when practice has been scrutinised independently, it has been found to be seriously flawed: examples are employees working on temporary contracts, paid under the minimum wage, women are discriminated against, or at risk and treated poorly in the workplace, and there is little meaningful evidence that the certification is protecting the wildlife that it has been primarily set-up to protect. Working on the scale that these huge companies operate, puts profit before environment or people.
Here is something you can do, when you are buying your weekly groceries, ask the questions, and check it out:
Who made this?
Who is behind this product?
How and where was it made?
If you want to know more about the businesses behind the products you buy, I recommend looking at Ethical Consummer, who provide useful information about larger corporations, in what, with whom and where they invest their money and information about their operations.
Here is a link which might be of interest, to a recent article about Rainforest Alliance (RA) Coffee, and an article by Ethical Consummer on RA tea.

Ethical Consumer Report
Rainforest Alliance Coffee article

New Designer Jewellery at eye2eye

Welcome to Aiden, @Beamish Blacksmithing
Aiden makes unique jewellery from silver and copper mixes, and folded, tempered aluminium. It’s fascinating work, drop into the shop for more information.

Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mothering Sunday, or just to say ‘Thank you’ to someone special, look no further than eye2eye FairTrade Shop. Wollaston Courtyard NN29 7QE