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Five seasonal and sustainable recipes



Jamie Grainger-Smith, founder of Think.Eat.Drink, tells us his top five seasonal (and sustainable) recipes.

This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013.

Classic tandoori-style chicken

Jamie says: Use British Farm and RSPCA assured thighs and drumsticks as having the bone in helps to keep them succulent on the BBQ and they taste better than breast, too. If you want to use breast, keep the skin on and keep a careful watch not to overcook and dry out.

Classic tandoori-style chicken. Photo: Think.Eat.Drink

6 free-range British Farm or RSPCA Assured chicken legs cut into thighs and drumsticks
– Half a cup of British Greek style yoghurt
– 2 cloves of crushed garlic
– 2 tsp of ground coriander
– 2 tsp of ground cumin
– 2 tsp of turmeric
– 1 inch knob of fresh ginger peeled and grated finely
– 1 tsp of Cornish sea salt


– Score the chicken skin with a sharp knife a few times to allow the marinade to penetrate
– Mix the yoghurt, garlic, ginger and spices together. Cover the chicken with marinade and leave overnight in the refrigerator
– To cook, drain chicken of marinade
– Cook on oiled BBQ over medium heat, having the lid down nearly halves the cooking time, so about 15 minutes with lid down and 23 on an open BBQ. Remember to turn the chicken during cooking



Jamie says: The best Pavlova should be crisp on the outside to about three-quarters of a centimetre and then soft like marshmallow in the centre. So make it high (about 12cm); it won’t topple, honest!

Pavlova. Photo: Think.Eat.Drink


3 free-range British egg whites
3 tbsp of cold water
1 cup of caster sugar
1 tsp of malt vinegar
1 tsp of real vanilla essence
3 tsp of cornflour


Beat egg whites till stiff
Add cold water and beat again
– Slowly add caster sugar spoon by spoon
– Slow mixer down and add vinegar, vanilla and corn flour
– Spoon onto a baking sheet lined with a reusable silicone matt
– Shape into a cake shape about 12cm high
– Bake in 150C for 45 minutes then turn off oven and leave to cool in the oven
– Serve with lots of lightly whipped double cream and fresh British berries


Organic or free-range roast chicken pie

Jamie says: A great, tasty use for those leftovers from your Sunday dinner.

Leftover Chicken Pie. Photo: Think.Eat.Drink


All your leftover Sunday roast chicken (but not the skin) roughly chopped
2 white onions roughly diced
250ml or near enough of leftover gravy
250g of British bacon cut into strips
100g of petit pois
10ml of double cream
– 1 tbsp vegetable oil
– Cornish or Maldon sea salt
– 450-500g English potatoes mashed with 150ml of double cream and 25g of butter for the Topping


– Sauté the onions and bacon in vegetable oil
– Add chicken, petit pois, cream and gravy
– Bring to a simmer stirring all the while
– Pour into an oven proof pie dish
– Spread the warm mash over the chicken mix. Make the potato spiky on the top using a fork as it will turn nice and crunchy in the cooking
– Bake for 25 minutes at 190C


Rice pudding

Jamie says: It’s so easy to cook more rice than needed, but don’t worry. We at TED say if you are using energy to cook some, you might as well cook a bit more and use it for another meal. You can use the extra rice in a stir fry and use up any leftover cooked vegetables you have in that, too. Rice pudding is a great comfort food and a longstanding British favourite. This is not a traditional way to make it but it’s still very good.

Rice Pudding. Photo: Think.Eat.Drink


– Cooked rice
– Caster sugar
– Double cream
– Whole milk
– Vanilla essence
– Grated nutmeg


– Place the rice in a pot
– Just cover the rice with the cream and milk in equal quantities
– Add sugar, grated nutmeg and vanilla to taste
– Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes only
– Serve with homemade strawberry jam


Barbecued English Bramleys

Jamie says: It’s not very often you hear of apples being done on a BBQ, but these are delicious.

Bramley Apple. Photo: Think.Eat.Drink


6 small-ish English Bramley apples
150g of mixed dried fruits
50g of chopped almonds
80g of soft brown sugar
The zest and juice of a lemon
1 tsp cinnamon


– Wash and core the apples
– Score the skin around the middle of each apple to stop them bursting during cooking
– Mix the fruit, sugar, cinnamon and lemon together
– Stuff the fruit mix inside the apple
– Top each apple with a knob of butter and then wrap each in foil
– Bake on the BBQ for around 40 minutes with the lid down if you have one

Think.Eat.Drink (TED) provides opportunity for everyone to change the way we eat, drink and live. It offers a number of services, products and offerings to encourage business and the consumer to be more ethical, eco-friendly and to embrace a ‘green’ responsible manner.

Further reading:

How Britain’s biggest supermarkets fare on sustainability

Prince Charles praises sustainable food and calls for polluters to pay

Feeding the world sustainably means investing in better solutions

Healthy eating and obesity should be key considerations for sustainable investors

The Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013


Report: Green, Ethical and Socially Responsible Finance



“The level of influence that ethical considerations have over consumer selection of financial services products and services is minimal, however, this is beginning to change. Younger consumers are more willing to pay extra for products provided by socially responsible companies.” Jessica Morley, Mintel’s Financial Services Analyst.

Consumer awareness of the impact consumerism has on society and the planet is increasing. In addition, the link between doing good and feeling good has never been clearer. Just 19% of people claim to not participate in any socially responsible activities.

As a result, the level of attention that people pay to the green and ethical claims made by products and providers is also increasing, meaning that such considerations play a greater role in the purchasing decision making process.

However, this is less true in the context of financial services, where people are much more concerned about the performance of a product rather than green and ethical factors. This is not to say, however, that they are not interested in the behaviour of financial service providers or in gaining more information about how firms behave responsibly.

This report focuses on why these consumer attitudes towards financial services providers exist and how they are changing. This includes examination of the wider economy and the current structure of the financial services sector.

Mintel’s exclusive consumer research looks at consumer participation in socially responsible activities, trust in the behaviour of financial services companies and attitudes towards green, ethical and socially responsible financial services products and providers. The report also considers consumer attitudes towards the social responsibilities of financial services firms and the green, ethical and socially responsible nature of new entrants.

There are some elements missing from this report, such as conducting socially responsible finance with OTC trading. We will cover these other topics in more detail in the future. You can research about Ameritrade if you want to know more ..

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Report contents:

What you need to know
Report definition
The market
Ethical financial services providers: A question of culture
Investment power
Consumers need convincing
The transformative potential of innovation
Consumers can demand change
The consumer
For financial products, performance is more important than principle
Competition from technology companies
Financial services firms perceived to be some of the least socially responsible
Repaying the social debt
Consumer trust is built on evidence
What we think
Creating a more inclusive economy
The facts
The implications
Payments innovation helps fundraising go digital
The facts
The implications
The social debt of the financial crisis
The facts
The implications
Ethical financial services providers: A question of culture
Investment power
Consumers need convincing
The transformative potential of innovation
Consumers can demand change
An ethical economy
An ethical financial sector
Ethical financial services providers
The role of investing
The change potential of pensions
The role of trust
Greater transparency informs decisions
Learning from past mistakes
The role of innovation
Payments innovation: Improving financial inclusion
Competition from new entrants
The power of new money
The role of the consumer
Consumers empowered to make a change
Aligning products with self
For financial products, performance is more important than ethics
Financial services firms perceived to be some of the least socially responsible
Competition from technology companies
Repaying the social debt
Consumer trust is built on evidence
Overall trust levels are high
Payments innovation can boost charitable donations
Consumer engagement in socially responsible activities is high
Healthier finances make it easier to go green
37% unable to identify socially responsible companies
Building societies seen to be more responsible than banks….
….whilst short-term loan companies are at the bottom of the pile
Overall trust levels are high
Tax avoidance remains a major concern
The divestment movement
Nationwide significantly more trusted
Trust levels remain high
For financial products, performance is more important than principle
Socially conscious consumers are more concerned
Strategy reports provide little insight for consumers
Lack of clarity regarding corporate culture causes concern
Consumers want more information
The social debt of the financial crisis
For consumers, financial services firms play larger economic role
Promoting financial responsibility
Consumer trust is built on evidence
The alternative opportunity
The target customer

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




energy efficient homes

Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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