Kindness UK

The London 2012 Olympics was the epitome of patriotism, sincerity, pride and British culture and attitude. When something big happens, we all come together and share the experience.  And we are sure that Great Britain will share this enthusiasm for the upcoming Paralympics also!

The legacy is the next topic of discussion, and whatever is decided, the London 2012 Olympics and the British attitude should continue, and Kindness UK are making sure that it will.

Kindness UK, a non-profit humanitarian organisation with the sole endeavor of sharing, promoting and uniting kindness, are soon hosting a General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement at their Cricklewood Headquarters from the 18th – 20th September 2012. The conference will bring together kindness movement from across the world including Australia, China, Dubai, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the USA and obviously the UK. Chosen members of the public will join the delegates and Dr. David R. Hamilton PhD, a world expert in Oxytocin (the Happy Hormone) will be presenting.

David Jamilly, founder of Kindness UK said; ‘we are incredibly excited that London can once again be the forefront of developing a brighter and kinder future.”

 

 

Health – The Olympic Way

As the consultant nutritionist to the British Olympic Association from 1990 to 2001, Jane Griffin has worked with a range of Olympic Sports including archery, badminton, rowing and canoeing. She has since worked in a variety of teams including English cricket and a number of partnership rugby unions, football and netball clubs. In 2002, Jane received the Ibex award for Professional Achievement from the British Dietetic Association and in the same year was voted one of the top ten leading dieticians in the UK.

So, we can’t think of anyone better to advise us on an Olympians diet and eating habits. Health and fitness are the focus this year, and an athletes diet is equally as important as their training regime.

“While you sit watching the Olympics, think about what those athletes have put into their bodies and think of what’s in yours. Use the Olympics to make some simple changes – try to exercise more and eat more healthily – but don’t lose the enjoyment factor. What better place to start than while watching the Olympics?  Swap the high fat, high salty nibbles – you don’t need them if you are just sitting in a chair. Instead prepare healthy TV snacks and healthy mini meals such as Thai Prawn Cocktail Sandwich or Seeded Carrot Flapjacks or a slightly more substantial meal such as a Halfway Pizza that you can produce quickly at meal times. Buy in plenty of white and brown sliced bread, low fat spread and low fat soft cheese to spread on the bread and then have a supply of suitable fillings ready in the fridge and kitchen.” Explains Jane.

She continues “Healthy ideas for fillings include protein based foods such as sliced and cooked meats, smoked salmon, canned tuna or mackerel, hard boiled eggs chopped and mixed with salad cream or low fat mayonnaise, peanut butter and jam. Remember, these are the sort of foods Olympic athletes have been training on!”

Through The Door Promotions are already stocking up our fridges!

Pork for Thought

Bacon jam is pushing the possibilities of pork, weird but definitely wonderful, Through the Door Promotions have fallen for this delicious product. Invented in Walthamstow the fun flavoured food is now being sold in supermarkets across the UK after Tesco discovered the product.

Staff at restaurant Eat 17 created the curious concoction last year and has since been featured on Jonathan Ross’ ITV chat show. The idea was developed after chef Chris O’Connor combined and experimented with burger toppings of onion, jam and bacon, which created a unique flavour.

After customers requested buying jars of the bacon jam, and it rose in popularity, Tesco approached the restaurant and signed a deal to stock it in 280 stores.

Bacon jam and similar condiments has been widely available in the USA for years, however, Eat 17 has created an innovative recipe using secret ingredients that separate it from competitors. Maple syrup and freshly brewed coffee are two of the main ingredients used.

Whilst the jam is proving popular amongst consumers, not everyone is convinced; Janet Street Porter voiced her opinions regarding the condiment last April. “I don’t know if taste buds atrophy as you enter postal codes with double figures, but this bland goo is neither jam nor chutney — and I can make both.”

To which Chris O’Connor responded; “I know it’s not to everyone’s tastes, which is fine.”

Mixing sweet and savoury tastes together is a growing trend within the food industry, but nothing has quite been developed to this standard. The tastes combined together create an exclusive flavour and compliments the classic cheeseburger and similar dishes perfectly. Place on pancakes with syrup for the ultimate get up and go breakfast.

Chris O’Connor is currently working on follow-ups including chorizo jam and Mexican chilli.

Marley Coffee

The Gourmet Coffee Company – Marley Coffee, which was founded by Bob Marley’s son, Rohan has recently launched three premium organic blends of coffee in the UK.

Rohan adopts the ITAL standard, ‘Rastafari’ for all things pure, True and Vital, meaning that all the coffee is ethically produced.

Marley Coffee’s unmistakable taste puts the free spirit back into the coffee drinking experience. It will definitely go down a treat with the UK’s general public.

Marley is releasing three blends of Coffee, ‘Marley Coffee One Love Organic Coffee Blend’ – Medium Roast, which is full of floral notes and revealing hints of blueberry, cocoa and spice. It is a well-rounded coffee and tantalizes the pallet.

‘Marley Coffee Buffalo Soldier Organic Coffee Blend’ – Dark Roast – This earth blend is sultry, smoky and deliciously smooth. The dark chocolate and berry undertones leave a rich, lingering finish.

‘Lively Up! Organic Coffee Blend’ – Espresso Roast – This is an exquisite espresso blend that is a full-bodied and well-balanced coffee offering hints of cocoa, candied fruit and sweet caramel.

The great thing about this coffee is that a portion of all profits will be given to support Licks for Cause, a foundation that aims to build a playable football field and football camps for children of the coffee producing communities around the word, this aims to enrich their lives through sport. The Marley Coffee UK is also a supporter of the One Love Foundation.

Marley Coffee is currently available via – www.marleycoffee.co.uk priced at £6.99 (including UK delivery), amazin.co.uk as well as via UK delis and independents including Selfridges with prices starting at £5.99

The recipe for summer

Strawberry Daiquiri is a popular drink originating from Cuba, where it is known as a Fresca daiquiri. Making a strawberry daiquiri is really easy.

This is the recipe for the frozen version of this amazing cocktail, which is made by blending all the ingredients.

The Strawberry Daiquiri is a popular cocktail originating from Cuba. Below is a recipe for a Strawberry Daiquiri sorbet. This sorbet is refreshing and delicious.

Ingredients:

  1. 400g strawberries, hulled and chopped
  2. 1 lime, pips removed and cut into small chunks
  3. 120g caster sugar
  4. Pinch of sea salt
  5. 4 tbsp white rum

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve.

Churn in an ice cream maker for 40 minutes.

Eat straightaway or freeze for later.

FOOD: A CASE OF COUNTRIES

Jennyfer Taieb and Clemence Groseille are two French interns in Paris. They have come to London for two months to work for Through the Door Promotions. Below, in their blog post, they discuss the issues that they face being hungry students in the bright lights of the city.

As we welcome our second month and continue our affair with London, we are still experiencing a new culture, a new language and a new home.

Food is very important to us and we have been determined to do our own cooking, as we want to learn English recipes, we begun our English journey by writing a shopping list. However, we quickly realised that the price exceeded our simple student budget.

Therefore, because the price for healthier food is greater, crisps, sweets and fast food have become our staple diet. With the desire to eat equilibrium we admitted defeat, as the aspiration to live the high life in London including food, was deterred by the high prices in London.

Basic food prices are similar to those in France, but sincerely, the quality of meat and fish offered in supermarkets do not really inspire confidence. The best option is to go to a butcher or fishmongers, but we are wary of the cost.

But in a month, we have become savvy and have found solutions to this problem (not without difficulty). Buy basics in the bigger supermarkets that are still priced within our budget and make the rest of our purchases in low cost supermarkets. Therefore, we are not cutting quality, only cost. The solution works well, but London remains an expensive city, though this hasn’t removed its amazement, surprise or inviting ambiance.

Location Based Marketing

To put it simply – location based marketing is the art of transferring consumers shared location into revenue.

Location based marketing is very effective tool, that we all most probably use every day without even thinking about it.. But we’ll get to that later.

There are many different form of location-based marketing:

  • Location-based services (LBS): mobile apps such as foursquare and HotList that provide information or entertainment to users based on their location.
  • Near-field communications (NFC): technology that allows two devices that are in close proximity — between two and 20 centimeters — to exchange information.
  • Location-based advertising (LBA): uses tools such as GPS and geo-fencing to locate potential prospects and send them messages.

Out of the apps, Foursquare and Hotlist seems to be the most popular. Both these apps can be linked to Facebook, which is always nice! (It’ll make Facebook a bit more interesting for all of your stalkers.)

Foursquare offers users a fun way to explore their local area. The application works through a phone download. Users add the application to their phones then take it with them as they go out and do things.

HotList is another tool that can help users stay on top of where their friends have been, are and will be going. The application works by integrating Google Maps so users can get a visual on where others are. The user can see where their friends have been and discover places that they like to go. This allows the user to try new places and seek out new local attractions.

If you haven’t heard of these apps, I suggest you give them a go, you never know they might actually help you find something new.

The simplest form of LBM is going to have to be google maps. I think everyone has had that moment when you’re in an area you don’t know so well, and you are starving. The first thing you do is – Whip out the good old smart phone and type a key word like “food” or “Restaurant” into google maps. I’d suggest that all businesses register themselves on google maps, as it is honestly the first thing most of us will turn too.

Near Field Communications is one that has only recently come to the surface, due to the fact that it hasn’t been built into all smart phones (yet).  I’m pretty sure all Londoners have will know how it works, as the oyster card uses exactly the same principle. For example you could have a NFC spot on the outside of a shop and hold your phone up to it, and then all the information about the shop will pop up. You could potentially even do the same with products. I think this type of technology will still take anther year before it is actually used nationally. People always seem to be a little bit hesitant with new technology, especially something like this.

Location based advertising isn’t that big in the UK, but it works on the principle that – Say you are close to a fast food reasturant, and they are have an offer – You’ll receive a message on you phone with a voucher, which would obviously entice you to go there and eat a nice discounted meal.

I think in the next year or so this type of marketing will become the way forward. Most of us will have swanky smart phones that can do supposedly everything under the sun, and we are all on them constantly. So if a business wants to target the consumer, they should target them on smart phones, as we never go without them (Well at least I don’t).