Monday, May 14, 2012

Slow Food, Fair Trade, and Oxfam, for the ethical Mum on Mother Day








On Sunday Slow Food Waitakere hosted Oxfam Biggest Coffee Break in West Auckland. It was also Mother's Day, and my kids learned to make coffee for me :-). Then I spent the morning cooking for the event, I made a banana flowers and potato salad with the two banana flowers I had in the garden (recipe here) and some mini vanilla cupcakes decorated with chocolate and chocolate and coffee ganache. Arantxa make chocolate daisies and chocolate coffee beans to decorate the cupcakes, and I cannot believe I didn't take photos!!! The Chocolate coffee beans looked real!!


Mother's Day card from my kids, an owl with apron and wooden spoon? Yes!!!
Cleaning the banana flowers to make a salad 
Fair Trade ingredients to make cupcakes for the Slow Food event

The event was great, and we were honored to have Julia Collins for All Good coming over to talk about Fair Trade. We learned a lot about what it means to choose Fair Trade for the farmers in producing countries, and also several interesting facts about New Zealand too: did you know that we eat 400,000,000 bananas each here in this country? Julia also gave us all a bunch of bananas, so thank you All Good Bananas. If you like to see photos of the event (and food) please click here.





A special thanks to Slow Food Waitakere members Penny and Yvonne for hosting the event, and to all who came along, and to the sponsors who offered Trade Aid goods for Oxfam's Biggest Coffee Break and Chocolate Break parties around New Zealand: Caffe L'affare, All Good, Whittaker's, Kokako, and Scarborough Fair. On the afternoon we raised NZ$385 for Oxfam New Zealand

See you at the next Slow Food Waitakere event!


Banana flower and potato salad: for the recipe click here

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini and Arantxa Zecchini Dowling ©

13 comments:

  1. Buona festa della mamma in ritardo!

    che bello cucinare con i fiori, certo che quelli di banana credo che non avrò mai il piacere di assaggiarli, almeno qui da noi.....magari se faccio un salto da te!!!

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    1. Buona festa della mamma anche a te!

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    2. ps, magari in qualche mercato etnico si trovano...

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  2. Fiori di banana...mi stupisci sempre!!!e mi fai venire sempre più voglia di scappare dall'Itallia ;)

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    1. Non e' che siano da tutte le parti pero', solo al nord dove fa più caldo (siamo a testa in giù)!!!

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  3. Incredibile, neanche mai visti... favolosa questa ricetta!

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    1. Il fiore e' bellissimo e viola/rosa, e le foglie sono perfette come piatti, tovagliette, o per avvolgerci le cose da cuocere al forno.

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  4. Mi unisco allo stupore per i fiori di banana!
    C'è un mondo da scoprire là fuori:
    Un saluto.

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  5. che interessante questa giornata che hai passato e che bella occasione! Sono anche io incuriosita dai fiori di banana e sono stupefatta di quante cose buone hai preparato.
    p.s. certo che nella salsa di noci puoi usare l'olio...la ricetta originale lo prevedeva :)

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  6. Bene Lo, me lo immaginavo, l'ho fatta anche con l'olio di noce, ma mai con il pane.

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  7. mai visti, quante cose ci perdiamo al di qua dell'oceano! buona giornata, un abbraccio !

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