Posts Tagged ‘organic’

Speciality and Fine Food Fair 2010, Olympia London

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

FoodAdo loved the Speciality and Fine Food Fair 2010, it was just irresistible!

The FoodAdo Team was enchanted by the friendly people, the best specialities and the clever producers coming from all over the UK (not to mention those who were coming from oversea!)

Great selection of foods, magical chocolates and sweets, surprising vegan, vegetarian and organic products.

The strike? It did not stop hungry foodies from attending: the place was very busy, till closing time. The Fair’s staff had to ask visitors to live because people would not go away at closing time (6pm).

It was so good, they just couldn’t have enough of it!

Paul from FoodAdo and Galia from ChocChick

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Sasha and his family, growing beautiful plants and seeds in their organic farm

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Sasha from Sun and Seed, growing organic plants and seeds with real passion

Sasha and his family produce cold-pressed pumpkin seed and sunflower seed oils, employing traditional, old fashioned methods and aiming for the best.

The result is very different from the cheap refined oils that one could find in supermarkets.

“Our farm is almost completely self-sufficient. We make considerable effort to keep our environmental impact positive in all aspects of our production.

It is not only about producing organic seeds. We always use recycled glass for Sun and Seed jars and bottles, never transport our products using airfreight; and all of our agricultural waste is either composted or used to generate power for our workshop.

We believe that neither our customer nor the environment requires anything unnatural, so we crafts our products using traditional techniques and artisan imagination.”

Sasha grows Sun and Seeds plants in Vojvodina (northern Serbia), where the land is very fertile and there is no heavy industry – therefore no pollution.

As the business grew, the family teamed up with other farmers in the area who were as passionate about great organic food.

They began to work together to grow more types of organic food and market them through the Sun & Seed collective.

Today they are able to produce a comprehensive range of our award-winning products.

The quality is high, the taste is great and they are organic and healthy!

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When Art and Food meet

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

When Art and Food meet the result can’t be anything but really good!

Holly has just come on board with FoodAdo: the more we discover about her the more we like her and the delicate chocolate she creates.

“As an artist painting magical and uplifting pictures, who was also a foodie and a chocoholic, I was interested in quality  chocolate, and was so inspired after seeing the film “Chocolat” that I began to experiment with various chilli and chocolate concoctions of my own, and embarked upon a quest to discover the secrets behind the best and most delicious chocolate in the world.

Initially I started to sell my chocolate creations alongside my art at exhibitions.  This proved very successful, and I began to fuse my passion for art and chocolate by putting my own art on the packaging.  In early 2008, l launched Chocoholly, with a mission to produce the finest quality organic hand-made chocolate, together with my own packaging  I had designed myself.  The rest, as they say, is history!

I have been greatly inspired by Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, she has been a real trailblazer for peoples rights and the environment, and an absolutely amazing woman. I admire women who’ve gone into business and become a success against the odds,  like Jo Malone who has successfully built a luxury fragrance brand and  now coaches women starting their own new businesses.

I believe strongly in the provenance and purity of the ingredients I use, which means everything is organic. No chemicals have been used in the growing of any of my ingredients. There’s nothing artificial added, and my range of chocolates are accredited by the Soil Association.  I make everything by hand in small batches, the old fashioned way, and I even create my own chilli oil for flavour, and everything is in harmony with the environment.  This is what Chocoholly really stands for, and the price reflects this because the ingredients are organic and pure which results in the finest artisan chocolate for the most discerning chocoholic.

I love creating recipes and my Chilli and Coconut dark chocolate is a very popular flavour as it is perfectly balanced, and not the usual mouth burner that chilli can be. Probably because I make my own chilli oil using a variety of different chillies for flavour. My Cardamom chocolate is so subtle and wonderful that it has become my best seller.

I intend to incorporate more and more creativity in to my chocolate, and to continue to create organic chocolate that is pure and in harmony with the environment. If you have any suggestions for new flavours I’d love to hear from you!”

 

Springtime butternut squash pie (in the park!)

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

It is finally springtime and all we want to do is go outside and enjoy a picnic in the park.

But foodies are foodies no matter what.

When it comes to picnics, they like to share something special with their friends.

This weekend we were invited to a lovely Dinner Club ( www.DinnerClub.tk ) and we had the occasion to try a springtime delight made of butternut squash and lovely organic cheese.

It is a perfect idea for a picnic. Easy, tasty, refreshing, it goes perfectly with a glass of Prosecco and apple juice.

If you like the look of it and want to prepare it, here is the recipe:

Ingredients

Pastry:

White flower

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A pinch of salt

Filling:

A sweet butternut squash (1.5 kg)

3 white onions

3 yellow potatoes

3 eggs

A generous slice of Organic cheese (300g)

Seriously Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A pinch of salt

Method:

It is better to start with the pastry, which needs to be beautifully smooth and requires a bit of work. Once you have shaped your pastry with your rolling pin, you will only need to put together the filling.

The filling is a simple mix of onions (fried in a pan for 10 minutes), potatoes and butternuts squash (diced and boiled for 10 minutes), fresh eggs and organic cheese (grated).

Wrap the tasty filling in the pastry and sprinkle with perfumed olive oil.

Just 35 minutes in the oven and you can serve a delicious pie.

Prepare your picnic bag and enjoy a spring day as we did.

Food is great, life is beautiful!

The FoodAdo Team

Don’t stop eating vegetables and fruit, there is so much more to them!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

BBC News article by Clare Murphy “Five-a-day has little impact on cancer” states that “eating more fruit and vegetables has only a modest effect on protecting against cancer”.

This new discovery may sound a bit depressing, but it is not a good reason to stop eating tasty vegetables and fruit!

Good food is not a magic potion, but experts stress that eating fruit and vegetables is still the key to good health.

For example, fresh and preserved tomatoes contain powerful antioxidants that have age-fighting properties and protect our cells from damage. (Harvard University – antioxidant: lycopene).

In addition, good food can change our day and help us to feel better: that is already a step towards a healthier life!

A foodie perspective? When in doubt, just follow your nose!

Go for something tasty and healthy like organic cheese and tomato chutney and treat yourself!

Food is great, life is beautiful!

The FoodAdo Team

FoodAdo – For everyone that’s passionate about food!

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Dear Foodies,

Here’s a little story about us.  You can call it “our story”.  Its about how the idea for FoodAdo first got planted as a tiny seed in the mind of our founder.

Our Story…

When the local organic deli stopped stocking his favourite raw chocolate because they didn’t have enough shelf space for all the different producers, Paul began to wonder if there was there a better way to help small unique producers get their wonderful foods into the mouths of hungry foodies?

After much research he realised that what was missing was a place where talented producers could come together, with each having a place to tell the magic of their uniquely human story, connect directly with foodies, and display the passion that drives their wonderful foods.

By coming together these producers would create a bigger voice and be able to reach a much wider audience, making it so much easier for hungry foodies across the nation (perhaps a bit like you!) to discover and buy the fabulous foods and gifts they are seeking.

And so the seed for FoodAdo was planted.

Now, FoodAdo didn’t magically appear the next day, in fact it took over a year for the idea to properly germinate and the right solution to be found.  But eventually it happened, and when he found the solution Paul knew he had discovered the way to build a business dedicated to helping amazing food producers.

The work began, with detailed plans and designs and sketches of screens and processes, and lots of conversations with small producers to understand better how we could help their businesses.  Simon soon joined the team to look after all things technical, and slowly, but very surely (and with a lot of hard work, though it doesn’t feel like work because we are very passionate about our mission here!)  the idea has been becoming a reality.

Soon (very soon!) we will have the pleasure of bringing you some absolutely amazing tasty foods from very talented  passionate artisan food producers, with foods often made by hand and in small batches and with nothing nasty added.

Among the wonderful foods you’ll see at FoodAdo are award winning sauces and chutneys and marmalades, delicious honeys, handmade chocolates, amazing cupcakes with yummy gooey chocolate inside, fabulous apple juices each made from all kinds of British apples, organic certified soups and hot chocolate with orange and chilli to keep you warm on cold winter evenings.  And there’s lots more too!

Nothing but pure delicious treats and gifts for you and your friends and colleagues to discover, buy and enjoy!

At FoodAdo we have room (and shelf space!) for everyone that’s passionate about food!

Best wishes,

The FoodAdo Team

Ps If you have  a favourite local producer you would like to see on FoodAdo, please email us at  sell@foodado.com and we’ll see if we can be of help.