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Home-made Swedish Meatballs!

This recipe is one of my favourites, it’s super easy to make and very filling. I originally found it this recipe on The Londoners blog (here) and I try and make it at least once a month.

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How to make Swedish Meatballs:

500g meatballs (pork or quron if your a vegetarian)

knob of butter

1 tbsp plain flour

300ml chicken stock

1 tbsp mustard

1-2 tbsp Worcester sauce (i love it so i usually add more but do it to taste)

1 tsp honey

300ml double cream

salt and pepper


1. Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Drop a knob of butter in and melt it until it covers the bottom of the pan.

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2. Sprinkle salt and pepper over your meatballs.

3. Fry and keep moving the meatballs around until brown all over.

4. Preheat your oven to 100c when your meatballs are cooked transfer them to an oven-proof dish and keep warm in the oven.

5. Using the fat left in the pan, tilt to one side, add the flour and stir until you have a smooth paste. Add your stock, turn the heat up and bring to the boil.

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6. Let it bubble away and thicken (this may take sometime, don’t give up or add extra flour just keep stirring)

7. Add your mustard, honey and Worcester sauce. Turn down the heat (medium).

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8. Remove the meatballs from the oven and pour the cream into the sauce. Stir all together and add the meatballs.

9. Let it bubble away for a few minutes till its warmed through.

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10. Serve with mash potato or my personal favourite a nice tiger roll.



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Will We Ever Understand The True Value of Nature?


Tomorrow Jonathon Porritt will be visiting Canterbury Christ Church University and holding a public lecture on the topic: Will we ever understand the true value of Nature?

It seems as if we’ve been talking for ever about different ways of valuing the natural world. Concepts like ‘natural capital’ and ‘valuing eco-system services’ have become commonplace for a small professional élite, but it’s still difficult to detect any profound change in the business-as-usual mindsets that still prevail amongst developers, economists and politicians. How can we ensure that such a critical body of knowledge and insight is embedded as the norm in all key economic development and planning decisions?

Who Is Jonathon Porritt?

  • He is the Founder Director of Forum for the Future
  • Eminent writer, such as: The World we Made: Alex McKay’s story from 2050 & Capitalism As if the World Matters
  • Broadcaster and commentator on Sustainable development
  • Co-Founder of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme which runs seminars for senior executives around the world.
  • Non-Executive of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Advisor.
  • Formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90)
  • Co-Chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member
  • Chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96)
  • Chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001)
  • Jonathan received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
  • A Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005)
  • Member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008)
  • Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012.

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If you would like to attend the public lecture tomorrow (Thursday 26th March 2015). Book Here.


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Fantastic Fairtrade: A Fortnight of Fun and Food

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about supporting the development of thriving farming communities across the world. The aim is to make sure these farmers have more control over their futures, including control over better wages and better working conditions. Fairtrade gives you the opportunity to give these people a better quality of life.
By buying products with the Fairtrade symbol on them, you’re showing your support for these farmers. The ingredients in these products have been sought from communities and plantations that meet Fairtrade standards.


Who benefits from Fairtrade?

Fair trade primarily benefit small farming communities, globally marginalised groups, through trading products. Fairtrade contributes these small communities stable income, enabling them to achieve a brighter future. Not only does Fairtrade benefit communities, but it also benefits plantations. The producers decide where the Fairtrade money goes, being invested in projects that benefit the wider community, from education and healthcare to transport and the environment.



What makes Fairtrade so special is that 50% of the stakeholders are the producers, representatives of the farms and working organisations. This means that the producers have a say in decision-making that directly affects them. They help decide strategies, resource use and prices.


Fairtrade Standards

Standards are designed to ensure producers receive reasonable prices for their produce, to facilitate partnerships between producers and other stakeholders, allows greater producer control, and sets criteria conditions of production and trade. Standards include protecting workers and worker rights, keeping workers safe and healthy, preventing discrimination and child labour, reasonable wages and decent working conditions.


Fairtrade Voices…

About the people Fairtrade really helps
Ecuadorian flower plantations
Over the past 10 years, flowers have become a major product in Fairtrade – over 530 million flower stems were sold in 2012, 50% increase from the year before. So how exactly has Fairtrade supported flower plantations?
Fairtrade has empowered Fairtrade workers to make their own choices about their own lives, encouraging them to become self-employed or dedicate time to families and community. Fairtrade has given them the money to make investments in their own goals. Only when workers can freely express themselves and negotiate working conditions can they plan for their own future. Fairtrade has also offered employees the chance to acquire knowledge about workers’ rights, technical skills, health and social issues. Workers have had the opportunity to participate in worker organisations, creating bonds between workers and giving them the opportunities to take part in discussions and build the confidence to manage projects.


Where to buy Fairtrade:
• http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/allan_html_pages_new/organic_superfoods.htm


Fairtrade Towns
Communities all over the world are working to promote Fairtrade in their area. In the UK, 599 towns are certified Fairtrade. Is your hometown a Fairtrade town? Click here to find out! http://www.fairtradetowns.org/about/
Here are the closest Fairtrade towns to Canterbury:
• Thanet
• Dover
• Ashford
• Faversham
• Medway
• Maidstone
• Tunbridge wells
• Basildon
• Seven oaks


The five goals of Fairtrade towns are:
1. Local council passes a resolution supporting Fair Trade, and agrees to serve Fair Trade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteens).
2. A range of Fair Trade products are available locally (targets vary from country to country)
3. Schools, workplaces, places of worship and community organisations support Fair Trade and use Fair Trade products whenever possible
4. Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fair Trade across the community.
5. A Fair Trade steering group representing different sectors is formed to co-ordinate action around the goals and develop them over the years.
Click here to find out more: www.fairtradetowns.org.uk/resources/


Fairtrade Fortnight
Fairtrade Fortnight dedicates a full 14 days to Fairtrade, celebrating the impact of Fairtrade, and empowering our local community to get involved. It’s the biggest and best-known ethical label in the UK – over 78% of the UK public recognises the fair trade mark.
However, there is always room for more change and empowerment, so we ask you, CCCU students, future heroes of farmers and workers around the world, to spare a few moments to get involved, whether by attending our Fairtrade Bake-Off event in Touchdown Cafe or by tweeting the hashtag #fairtradefortnight. Only you can help us fight for the workers’ rights and improve the quality of life for farmers and plantation workers.
FAIRTRADE: THE KENTISH WAY- What’s going on in canterbury
Join the fun. Click here to find out more: http://www.canterburytimes.co.uk/8203-Fairtrade-Fornight-Canterbury-District/story-26052104-detail/story.html
Friday, 27th February, 5.45-8pm- Divine Chocolate Tasting Evening in Whistable
Come along to Victoria’s Boutique to sample the delicious range of Divine chocolate, while sipping on a free glass of Fairtrade wine in. Chocolatier, Erik Houlihan-Jong, will be giving a presentation about a Fairtrade certified cocoa farmers co-operative in Ghana, alongside an exclusive chocolate making demonstration not to be missed.
Saturday, February 28: Fairtrade Fair in Canterbury- 10am-3pm
Come along to St Peter’s Methodist Church Hall in St Peter’s Street. Alongside displays of artwork from local schools celebrating Fairtrade, there will be a Tradcraft stall selling Fair Trade products, and Fairtrade refreshment and home-made soup will be served from 12 to 2 PM.


Fairtrade Fortnight at CCCU
SGO vs Sustainability Fairtrade Bake off

We will be holding a Fairtrade Bake off event on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at 1pm-4pm. The cakes made by both the Student Green Office and the sustainability team will be made from Fairtrade ingredients. The winner will be chosen by YOU and announced at the end of the event.

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Fairtrade fortnight in touchdown café
We can exclusively announce Touchdown Café will be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight from 23rd February- 8th March. Come along to Touchdown to sample Fairtrade food. Did you know the University has been a Fairtrade outlet since 2007, selling products such as coffee, sugar, tea, chocolate and snacks? Products are also available in the vending machines located around the campuses. You learn something new every day!
On Tuesday, 3rd March, Touchdown Café will also be showing an exclusive short film called Fairtrade Matters produced by the Fairtrade Foundation, exploring the lives of tea farmers in Malawi. The screening will take place between 1 and 4 pm, showing continuously throughout the afternoon.
Like the Touchdown Café Facebook page to hear more about Fairtrade at Touchdown. https://www.facebook.com/notes/canterbury-christ-church-university-catering/fairtrade/319104558180281
Running your own Fairtrade event you’d like us to promote? Email Greenoffice@canterbury.ac.uk to tell us about your event, and we’ll promote it for you on Facebook, Twitter and our Website


Fairtrade Recipe Ideas:


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It really is the Good Life!


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When it comes to gardening and allotments the first thing that springs to mind is BBC’s Good Life with Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers. Even though this is way before my time I remember sitting down and watching this with and grandma and experiencing my first glimpse of sustainable living through the main characters Tom and Felicity; Tom’s career has been as a draughtsman, a job he thoroughly dislikes. He feels his life is meaningless, nothing more than work and consumption. Becoming self-sufficient is his idea, but Barbara, after expressing concerns, supports him. Tom is determined to succeed at self-sufficiency, and is mostly cheerful about his new lifestyle.

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So your probably thinking what is the point of this. Well here at Canterbury Christ Church University we have our very own Student Green Office where we promote sustainable living and self-sufficiency through our very own Edible Campus programme.

What is Edible Campus I hear your ask: Edible Campus at CCCU allows students and staff to reconnect with the food they eat in a sustainable way. Through food related activities such as Food for Thought debate events and our Allotment Blitzes provide the opportunity to understand what food security is and gives both students and staff to learn new skills through skill sharing opportunities.



How can you get involved:

If you would like to try your hand at being self-sufficient and growing your own flowers and crops please come along to the SGO and Edible Campus Allotment Blitz’s held Wednesday’s on the main university campus. To find out when our next allotment is running head on over to the SGO facebook page and join our group, where you can then join each allotment event. We are always looking for new people to join the SGO, if you would like to also help run our allotment diary here on the blog after each allotment blitz please let us know via our email; greenoffice@canterbury.ac.uk.


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