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Inspiring Food Projects: Eco-Innovations

In Recipe on August 12, 2013 at 14:07

The more we think about innovative projects, the more we have to learn from nature.  These food projects use what our planet already has to offer and supports inspiring and positive thinking for world.

  1. Cardboard to Caviar Project (the ABLE project)
  2. Sahara Forest Project 
  3. Veta La Palma
  4. Incredible Edible Todmorden

Cardboard to Caviar

 After watching a talk from Michael Pawlyn, I was inspired by the way we can create fascinating closed loop recycling systems that mimic nature and provide opportunities for re-thinking our world. Eco-Innovation at it’s best.

 What are closed loop recycling systems?  It is when we take waste products and uses those as fuel or a provision for the next stage in the system/cycle.  As nature does, the closed loop system is interconnected with energy source paths that essentially trace back to solar energy as the primary producer.  It is a way of thinking to tackle various waste management problems and turn them into a lucrative schemes.

 Known as the Cardboard to Caviar Project , Graham Wiles, manager of The Green Business Network coordinated a closed loop system (also known as cradle to cradle) from a common waste product (cardboard boxes) and turned it into a high value end product (caviar), which is then sold back to the original producer of waste (restaurants). 


How it works:

  1. The restaurant pays Mr Wiles to take away their cardboard boxes, which he then shreds.
  2. The Stables pay Mr Wiles to provide them with horse bedding, ideally shredded cardboard.
  3. The Stables then pays Mr Wiles to take away the spent horse bedding, which he then feeds to worms to compost.
  4. The worms are then fed to sturgeon, which produce caviar. This is the most expensive stage in the cycle.
  5. The restaurant then pays Mr Wiles for his high end caviar, and also to take away their cardboard boxes…

Source and More here:


Sahara Forest Project 



pic from Exploration Architecture

  The planned project would use solar power to evaporate salt water, generating cool air and pure water thereby allowing food to be grown. 

 The installations of solar power mirrors and greenhouses would turn deserts into lush patches of vegetation, according to its designers, and without the need to dig wells for fresh water.

Plants cannot grow in deserts because of the extreme temperatures and lack of nutrients and water. Charlie Paton, one of the Sahara Forest team and the inventor of the seawater greenhouse concept, said his technology was a proven way to transform arid environments.





 Veta La Palma


Extensive aquaculture benefits birdlife. Source: Herminio Muñiz


  An Aquaculture Farm that is home to over 200 species of migratory birds and produces tons of sea bass, red mullet and shrimp that are fed on the biodiversity of the environment.  Once barren land, valley, Veta La Palma produces fish that are not fed by farmers, but rather grown organically on the nutrients of the natural ecosystem that has been restored.  Many fish farms are fed from the waste of other food industries, like poultry.  This one relies on nature’s system.



 Incredible Edible Todmorden

Sustainable food, Sustainable education, Sustainable learning. The town of Todmorden and their incredible edible aim has created locally grown food in city soil, in water and builds cross curriculum links for people to be connected by the one thing we have in common: food.


  All these projects motivate forward thinking to a better and more innovative world. 

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Morning Power Smoothie with Baobab Fruit Powder

In Recipe on September 8, 2010 at 16:05

A morning smoothie that uses super-powered natural foods to the best of their ability. You’ll consider fruit and nut gathering as a hobby after making this potion.

Baobab Smoothie on The Culinary Linguist Blog #smoothie


1 cup Oats (ground)

2 cups water/tea

1 TB wheatgrass

2 tsp Maca

2 TB flax powder

1 TB hemp powder

1 TB baobab fruit powder

1 TB unheated honey

1/2 TB coconut oil

10 almonds

4 medium sized pitted dates

2 frozen bananas

Garnish: Raw Bee Pollen, Cacao

The story:

The Coffi Thermoazzo.  I bought the saucy little number at a China Shop in Kalk Bay.  I loved the look of it, the old 50’s candy red and white, it was only R25 and it still worked eagerly.  Now it is my most prized appliance to assist in the random grind of the kitchen.  It barely grinds coffee beans these days though, but can grind and finely dice many other things.

This is what is it used for in the morning potion:

-Grind a cup of Oats.  Grinding a cup of oats is an easier and fresher way to give your smoothie a dairy-free base. Instead of adding two cups of water to the base I sometimes add cooled green or rooibos tea for extra bonus anti-oxidants  rather than just plain ol’ agua.

Next, adding all these powders, proteins, grains and nuts completes this potion into a full vitamin meal.  Your morning potion will naturally sustain your energy through the first quarter of your day.

Why the potion is so deliciously fine?

Baobab Fruit Powder: The baobab tree found in Southern Africa is pure magic. So being able to have access to it as a local product makes my heart sing louder. The powder forms naturally inside the fruit. It’s rich in anti-oxidants (said to be more than double compared to cranberries and pomegranates, and three more times than blueberries). It contains pectin, which enhances the prebiotic bacteria in the large intestine, similar to what homemade yoghurt does for the body.  Plus its a source of iron, potassium, magnesium which promote a healthy body PH.  The main thing for all non-dairy or low-dairy eating habits: Baobab contains higher levels of calcium than milk and far easier to absorb and digest.  I apologise in advanced if you don’t live in Southern Africa and may not have access to the fruit of the African Baobab, but if somehow you want or need a care package, let me know:)

Hemp Seed Powder: No they don’t contain THC, and yes this seed is highly misunderstood. Yet, let’s get over that and focus on the bonus features.  Hemp seed contains all 10 essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein.  Proteins found in hemp seed manufacture antibodies and support liver and kidney health. The fiber in hemp seed keeps colon health in check and overall its a great aid muscle building and energy booster.

Maca: It comes from the Andes, super expensivo here, but nonetheless it was worth trying once and it lasts a long while. Its a root which always harbours fine minerals and vitamins that lead to overall health benefits than defaults.  Plus, its a natural aphrodisiac.   It balances hormones and increases energy, endurance and strength.  The legend is Inca warriors used to eat Maca before going into battle.  Well, why not put this in your morning potion?

Virgin Coconut Oil: a spoonful of this stuff is medicine! Virgin means it hasn’t been heated which means all the goodness hasn’t been lost due to heat.  Coconut oil does goodness outside and inside the body, so don’t worry about the saturated fats it has cause all the acids like lauric acid prevents high cholesterol and blood pressure. There is so much going on when you enjoy coconut oil, I suggest your do research to convince yourself and enjoy it inside and out! And if you don’t end up using it for recipes, your epidermeris layer will appreciate it.

Almonds: the lovely wonder nut. Nuts are high in essential fats and protein giving you energy, supplying your body with fiber and good doses of Vit E, plus it gives your  smoothie a crunch.

Dates: The sweet taffy of the palm. My favorite is when the processor doesn’t quite chop everything fine and I get a big chunk of the chewy date at the end of the smoothie. YUM!

Bee Pollen: New to this, but am loving it.  I feel like a   wannabe bumble bee or hummingbird, reaping all the benefits of flowers.  Do people harvest flower nectar? hmmm, anyway, more research to be done about pollen but the health benefits are convincing and the taste is scrumptious.

Unheated Honey: I love honey so much I just checked out a book on how to be an apiarist in southern Africa.  Unheated honey is used to get the maximum goodness from what honey provides.  Honey is used as a natural energy boost. And if I were to rewrite Mary Poppins, it would be just a spoonful of honey, makes the medicine go down.

Bananas: The potassium, the vitamins oh my.  Peel them when they’re brown, freeze them, and there you go: instant frozen smoothie elements that all frozen delicousness.

Cacao: An excuse to make this potion more like a dessert for breakfast? Natural boost of energy and anti depressant, pus a good natural appetite suppressant. No

Wheat Grass: because it’s green it must be healthy?  Well if you put too much your smoothie will taste straight up like you chowed a piece of lawn in solidarity of free-range cows.  So Go easy with this. I used a powder which seems to be very potent. I’d rather be chopping it from a wheat grass tray but I’m not speaking that green thumb kitchen garden language fluently yet. It’s the colour of Ninja Turtle ooze without the toxic waste.  Overall, wheat grass assists in overall gastrointestinal health.  The chlorophyll is a potent antioxidant, assists in anti-inflammatory, antibacterial red blood cell boosting.

So the list of what all these positive elements give is enough to say yes to this green morning potion.  At least for me, I will happily guzzle this a few times a week when I’ve got those frozen bananas around.

Maybe you can’t stand banana and used more frozen dates, or strawberries. Please share other elements or flavours you substituted with the ingredients.  Would love to learn!

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