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Liberation Visits Bolivia.. Part 2

24th May 2015 Arriving in Cobija, on the Acre River in the hot, humid Amazon River basin across from the town of Brasiléia, Brazil. The town trades in Brazil nuts (its main economic activity), rice, bananas, and other local tropical products. Our first job is to get to the community at Puerto Perez who agreed for us to spend a few days with them. Our hosts are the team at Coinacapa cooperative and the fantastic Feliciano ‘Our Man in Bolivia!’. The journey to Puerto Perez will take all day, but what feels like days in a beat up Toyota on dirt roads, an interesting river crossing (incidentally the only route in and out for our Brazil Nuts), kit unloaded and reloaded the rest of the journey is by small dug out boats with an outboard motor, 45 minutes on the vast Amazon river (AMAZING!). Finally we are at Puerto Perez as the sun settles for the day and the local children gather to see who these gringos are. Puerto Perez nestles on the Rio Madre De Dios, a small hamlet on the edge of the Conservacion Amaru Forest… a population of just 300, out of the rainy season, about 40 indigenous families. A village Centre of sorts is made up of traditional homesteads around a large patch of grass (think Village Green) the houses are open to the elements and are basic, the most significant construction being the school, there is no sanitation, limited access to fresh water, simple things to us like washing and cleaning is done in outdoor pools, you have to smile though as Latino music...
Cooking With Nuts

Cooking With Nuts

We’re completely hooked on the new series of The Great British Bake Off already, so we’re thinking about getting in the kitchen and baking some nut-filled cakes. What are your Favourite Nutty Baking Recipes? Tell us using #CookingWithNuts and #GBBO to get our attention and we’ll share our favourites… The name of your recipe is enough for a share, but if you are inspired to cook please remember to make sure all your nuts are Fairtrade. Fairtrade nuts are available in the home baking aisle at Sainsbury’s and in the fresh produce area with the fresh fruit & veg at Tesco – cashews, brazils and peanuts, plus our own Fairtrade Peanut Butter is available from select stores if you have a brittle or fudge up your sleeve! LET’S GET BAKING! #CookingWithNuts...

Liberation Visits Bolivia.. Part 1

23rd May 2015.  We arrive in Bolivia after nearly 18 hours of travel, on a journey to discover, learn and communicate with our Brazil nut gatherers in the Amazon. Our Journey will be filmed and produced as a handful of short films to help our friends; customers, followers and supporters better understand Fair Trade. A longer film will be showcased at a special event in London on National Nut Day 22nd October 2015. We spent 12 hours in La Paz, a huge third-world city in a stunning location watched over by 2 huge snow-capped mountains. The photos here show just some of the sights, scenes, smells & beauty that is La Paz. The Spanish influence is everywhere you go. The cathedral ‘San Fransisco’ a classic example of ancient catholic church c.1750 (baroque mestizo in style I am told!) an exterior well worn by the age of time and the touch of many visitors & pilgrims whom have been before us. The interior with its splendour & careful tending by worshippers.   We visited the witches market to witness the faith that locals place in ‘spells’ – yes ’spells’ – a belief locals hold onto even today, and very telling in a world changing so fast in all other respects. The next stage of the journey is work and we fly to Cobija at 5am in the morning for workshops with gatherers from the cooperatives. By Richard Cooper, continued next week.. Have you visited this wonderful country? If so, please feel free to tell us your stories and show us your photos in the comments below. National Nut Day, 22nd October 2015...
NATIONAL NUT DAY

NATIONAL NUT DAY

A special nut filled thanks to all those that took part in National Nut Day 2014 last month. It proved to be one of our most successful National Nut Day campaigns to date with many of you going nuts in the kitchen and concocting some nutterly delicious recipes. The winner of the National Nut Day competition was Janice Clyne who posted her Beetroot and Walnut dip on Twitter, and the judges all thought it looked very tempting! If you didn’t get the chance to take part, you can always taste test one of the celeb recipes. Vicky Bhogal’s Salted Caramel Cashew Praline is a must! See below: Crush, chop or bash 50g Fairtrade salted cashews, so that you have very small pieces. Lightly toast in a dry non-stick frying pan and set aside. Line a baking sheet with baking paper, then place 165g Fairtrade caster sugar in a heavy-based pan with 1/4 cup of water and dissolve over a low heat. Once dissolved, turn up the heat and boil, but do not stir, until the syrup begins to caramelise. When it is a deep amber colour, remove from the heat, wait for it to stop bubbling, and stir in the cashews. Pour evenly onto the baking paper and leave to set for about 15 minutes. Carefully peel the praline pane off the paper, break into chunks and then crush in a food processor to give smaller shards. Tastes good by itself or served with a good quality ice cream Here’s to National Nut Day 2015. Stay...