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Make a difference when you cook with Fair Trade products from Traidcraft!

TraidCraft Store Cupboard Ingredients

Fairtrade Products from Traidcaft 

Have you ever given Fair Trade much thought? In a world where the gap between the very rich and the very poor continues to grow isn’t it time we all pulled together to address this issue? I’m a staunch believer in fairness and not working for free or less than the minimum wage. When someone works for free they are in effect depriving another person in need of a wage. I do believe that everyone should have the right to work for a liveable wage and it shouldn’t be the prerogative of the few to benefit at the expense of the many. So whether someone works in Britain or Ghana I’d like to see poverty eradicated through a fairer system. It’s a big ask I know and the task can feel so daunting when you look around and see all the hustle and bustle of corporations, stock and shares and people trading the labours of others from the comfort of their desks.

So what can we do about this imbalance? Well Traidcraft aim to fight poverty through trade and not only sell goods from Fair Trade companies but also their own branded Fair Trade products and actively fund projects around the world enabling those in need to have a job. So whether it’s some gorgeous toys for the kids, funky accessories for your home and garden, jewellery, clothes, original gifts, household or grocery items you’re looking for, there is something for everyone. We all enjoy a bit of retail therapy and what could be better than knowing that your purchase has improved the lives of those who really need it – a total win/win situation!

I thought it would be nice to showcase some Fair Trade store cupboard basics from Traidcraft which could be used in some of my favourite recipes.

Spelt Banoffee Flapjacks with Dark Chocolate

Spelt Banoffee Flapjacks with Dark Chocolate, Banana, Spelt Porridge Flakes, high fibre, healthy, wheatfree, nutritious, snack, treat,

We sampled the Traidcraft Dark Chocolate with 70% Organic Cocoa which would be perfect on my Spelt Banoffee Flapjacks and I have to say it was superb, melt in the mouth gorgeousness. It’s hardly surprising then that Traidcraft have been involved with fair trade chocolate since the 1980’s and sold the very first fair trade chocolate bar in the UK! As it says on the packaging “It’s more than just chocolate. It’s hope in a bar.”

Za’atar & Olive Focaccia

Za'atar Focaccia - Fab Food 4 All

We love Za’atar and the Traidcraft one is by Zaytoun from Palestine. It’s delicious in this Za’atar & Olive Oil Focaccia or our other favourite way of eating it is sprinkled on houmous but you can also use it with olive oil as a dip for bread or use it to season meat, fish or roasted vegetables.

Warm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried Tofu

Warm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried TofuWarm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried Tofu, Clearspring, healthy, japanese, vegetarian,

Peruvian Red Quinoa (Quinola) from Alice & Oscar’s is organic and won a Great Taste award in 2014 and would be great in my Warm Rice & Quinoa Salad with Pan Fried Tofu or just use it in place of rice. If you’ve never had quinoa before it has a fabulous nutty texture.

Rhubarb & Strawberry Jam

Rhubarb & Strawberry Jam, a deliciousl and fresh tasting summer jam - Fab Food 4 All.

What better way to support fair trade than to go to a local farm, pick your own fruit and use some of Traidcraft’s Granulated Sugar in my Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam or any one of my numerous jams. I am entering this one into the local Village Show this year and hoping for a third win!

Nutella Brioche Pudding

Nutella Brioche Pudding, bread and butter pudding, comfort food, dessert, pud, British, stale bread, custard, chocolate

I can’t wait to use the Traidecraft Chocolate Hazelnut Spread in my Nutella Brioche Pudding. My daughter said she much preferred it as it was far more chocolaty than Nutella and I like the fact that it contains Traidcraft’s pioneering FairPalm from smallholder growers in Ghana.

What better way to support fair trade than to go to a local farm, pick your own fruit and use Traidcraft’s granulated sugar in my Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam or any one of my numerous jams. I am entering this one into the local Village Show this year and hoping for a third win!

I have to say I was very impressed with the efficient service from Traidcraft, I placed my order on a Monday and received my goods in perfect order on the Friday of the same week, so well within their promised 5 day service. I also received and e-mail in order to track the delivery.

I hope I’ve inspired you to fill your cupboards with Traidcraft fair trade products and if you already use them, do let me know what your favourite ones are in the comments section below.

NB: This is a commissioned post, I was also reimbursed for the products purchased and all opinions are my own.

 

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  1. Choclette

    Gosh Traidcraft takes me back a few years. It’s a fantastic company and well worth supporting as are all people and organisations working for a fairer world. Everything looks good, the products and your recipes. I’m rather itching to get my hands on some red quinoa now.

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Choclette, a fairer world would be a far better world!

  2. Rachel W

    Excellent review of some gorgeous products! I love Traidcraft and love using their products in baking. Have never tried focaccia though, so you might have inspired me there! 🙂

    Thanks, it’s wonderful to see Traidcraft featured in a blog as awesome as yours.

    Now, back to jam making 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, love your kind words and the Traidcraft products are fabulous:-)

  3. Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)

    We love to look for fair trade products. I haven’t heard of many of these so I will have to keep a look out for them.

    1. Camilla

      Great Sandi:-)

  4. christine

    I’m embarrassed to admit I only recently even learned what fair trade products were and why they’re important. I am loving that quinoa salad!

    1. Camilla

      You should never be embarrassed, I’m learning new things all the time! The quinoa salad is lush thanks:-)

  5. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    Very informative post. Good recipes start with good ingredients.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Peter:-)

  6. Margot⚓Coffee & Vanilla

    Oh, that looks amazing Camilla, recently my daughter was learning about Fair Trade at school and now we area always looking for products with their logo. The Traidcraft chocolate spread sounds really good 🙂

    1. Camilla

      It does doesn’t it Margot – yes I don’t think the chocolate spread will last long!

  7. Florian @ContentednessCooking

    Awesome review, thanks for sharing!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Florian:-)

  8. justine @ Full Belly SIsters

    I will have to look for these products!

    1. Camilla

      Well you can get them all direct from Traidcraft’s website:-)

  9. Roz | the foodie couple blog

    i like using fair trade when possible , these look like great products

    1. Camilla

      Great, it’s a win/win as they are great quality too:-)

  10. Patty Haxton Anderson

    All of the products seem wonderful.

    1. Camilla

      They really are great Patty:-)

  11. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    I have used Traidcraft stuff in the past and it is really good. You tried a good selection here

    1. Camilla

      That’s good to hear Jo. Yes it’s all top quality!

  12. Jen

    I do like buying fairtrade products when I can, especially sugar for my baking. Some great recipe ideas here Camilla, those flapjacks are calling to me!

    1. Camilla

      That’s good to hear Jen, I’m going to make more of an effort now too! The flapjacks are good:-)

  13. Sus @ roughmeasures.com

    a lovely post Camilla. More people need to make more effort to buy fair trade! Love recipes as always 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sus, yes it could make such a difference rather than lining the pockets of the city!

  14. Niels | Have Another Bite

    Whoa that strawberry rhubarb jam looks tasty! I’m getting fairtrade stuff more often lately, as well organic foods. If we all started doing that, a better world is not so far away 😉

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Niels and you’re so right:-)

  15. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    You have a great selection of products there Camilla. It’s always good to hear about how the delivery is, not just how the products are – so thanks for sharing that.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danni, I think it’s important to get an all round view:)

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