Last night, I had a wonderful dinner hosted by one of my colleagues from the WHO, to raise funds for the Philippines. My colleague had the excellent idea of cooking and serving a delicious Filipino curry for us with just one condition – the cost of dinner was a donation to a relief organisation supporting people affected by the typhoon. We chose to donate 200 CHF to the Red Cross.
As I walked home through Geneva, the lights of the city were reflected in the lake and on the streets, which were damp with rain. With my belly full and feeling content, I thought about how I miss the freedom of preparing a home cooked meal. I have had access to small kitchens during my stay, but it’s kind of hard to be creative when you lack basic ingredients, like cooking oil/vinegars/spices. Needless to say, I’ve eaten a decent share of omelettes and salad and I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes when I return to Australia. I’m going to be working my way through some Fairtrade recipes contained in this book, the Fairtrade Everyday Cookbook edited by Sophie Grigson:
I have been tempted to buy this book every time I have been to the Oxfam shop in recent months (it’s also available at Amazon). I finally bought it a few months ago, just before I left for Switzerland. This book contains recipes that are created using Fairtrade ingredients, submitted by everyday people.
I haven’t tried anywhere close to all the recipes in this book yet because it is BIG. This book is serious value for money ($40 AUD). It is chock full of recipes. Or should I say ‘choc’ full? Most of the recipes are sweet, which I suppose is to be expected when you think of some of the common Fairtrade ingredients (cocoa, sugar, vanilla essence, coconut, coffee, bananas if you live in Europe… Also, the front cover gives a fairly good indication that sweet treats are a feature in this book.) My only criticism of this book is that some of the recipes aren’t as healthy as I would like. It’s not that the recipes are unhealthy, but they are perhaps too indulgent for my personal preference for everyday eating. Do not fear, though – over the coming months after I return to Australia (and start cooking again!) I am going to be tweaking some of the recipes to make them a bit healthier and sharing my own versions here.
What this book does brilliantly, is give you an idea of the range of Fairtrade food products available on the market. It’s also a fantastic guide as to which of the everyday food items you currently buy should be bought Fairtrade. If you are just starting to shop for Fairtrade food items, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. If you want endless ideas and a variety of recipes, you also couldn’t go wrong with this book.